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"How to" run a race, build a track and car stand
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How to Run a Pinewood Derby Race
When I ran the Pinewood Derby for my son's Cub Scout Pack 468, in Trumbull, Connecticut, I found it easier to keep track of activites by creating an activities list. This led to creating a little How To Organize and Run a Pinewood Derby planning guide. My How to run a pinewood derby race helped me manage our pinewood derby event and I passed it along to the next Race Manager who has been using it ever since.
Instead of trying to manage every task yourself, I used the divide and conquer method. Activities were broken up into sub-tasks and then I asked for parents to volunteer to be the leader for each sub-team. For example, I had a “track team”, a “food team”, a “Pit team” and an “activities team”.
This short race planning guide includes:
- List Activites
- Race Preparation and rough timeline
- Race Management Tips
- Tips to help run your race smoothly
How to build a Pinewood Derby Car Stand
Completed pinewood derby car stand with Pinewood Pro "logo car"
This plan shows you how to build your own pinewood derby car stand to show off your cool car and keep them from rolling off your desk. In my son't Pack, we built car stands every year to keep the kids busy while the cars were racing. You can also build these car stands at a Den meeting in preparation for your pinewood derby race.
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How To Make a Pinewood Derby Car Stand
How to Build a Pinewood Derby Race Track
If you are handy with wood, you can build your own Pinewood Derby track. You can make your own personal track to speed test your cars. With a little more effort, you can build a new track for your Scout Pack.
Pinewood Derby Race Rules
Pinewood Derby rules are set at the local level so every group can customize their rules to their own liking. Some groups keep their rules basic and simple, while other races are highly restrictive.
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Tips & Hints
The stock BSA "nails" that come in your kit are mass produced. These nails have burrs, crimp marks and can also be crooked, all of which severely limits your car speed. An Axle Polishing Kit and Axle File are essential to fix your axles and increase your car speed.
Put a coat of wood primer on your car before painting it because pine wood is porous and will absorb the first coat of paint. Lightly sand the primer after it dries, then apply a final coat (or two) for a clean, finished look.
When it comes to Pinewood Derby racing, Rules are not meant to be broken. Check with other racers or your race manager before your race to clarify what is allowed and how your car will be inspected when it is checked in.
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