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"How to" run a race, build a track and car stand

How to Run a Pinewood Derby Race

Planning Guide

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

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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.

There are a few things to keep in mind before you being building your track:

  • Size
  • Material - Lightweight vs. Durable
  • Starting Height
  • Slope of the Track
  • Base Height
  • Portability

Pinewood Derby Track Plans

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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Pinewood Derby Rules

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      Tips & Hints

      Lighter wheels turn easier (they require less inertia). Lighten your wheels, as much as your Rules allow, which will give you a fast start out of the gate and faster speed down the track.

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      When your wheel rubs against the axle head it creates friction. To reduce this friction, file the head back slightly using an Axle File to reduce the friction area.

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      weights Hint

      Tungsten Putty is ideal for getting your car up to the maximum 5 oz limit. Drill a hole in the bottom of your car and insert Pinewood Pro Putty as the last step to bring your car to 5.0 oz. If the official scale weighs you in at 5.1 oz, simply remove a small amount of putty to bring it back to 5.0 oz.

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