Build and Race Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks
Use PRO Brick Wheels and Zinc Brick Weights
How to build a fast Brick Derby Car using the PRO Brick Wheel Assembly with nickel plated axles and Zinc Brick weights to race cars down a pinewood derby track
About the Author: Joe Gargiulo, Pinewood Pro Founder
PRO Brick Derby is a new, cool way to race cars made from LEGO® Bricks!
Build a car made from LEGO® bricks and race it down a pinewood derby track.
You get all the fun of pinewood derby racing without the extensive time it takes to make a car from wood.
Just snap together brick parts and make a car, right?
Brick Derby race cars made from LEGO® Bricks on plastic track
There are a few problems to solve.
- Commercial brick wheels and axles do not work on a pinewood derby track.
- You need the perfect wheel spacing so your car fits the lanes on a pinewood derby track.
- You need the correct track clearance.
- You want your Derby Race Car made from LEGO® Bricks to be fast!
Commercial brick parts are not made for racing like pinewood derby car parts, so a car built with commercial brick parts will be slow. The plastic axles are slow. The rubber wheels are slow.
Lastly, if you've raced pinewood derby cars, you know that you need to add weight to your car to reach maximum velocity.
- So, how do you add weight to a derby car built with brick parts?
- How do you make a derby car made from LEGO® bricks fast like a pinewood derby car?
- How can you build a derby car made from LEGO® bricks fit on a pinewood derby track?
The secret is Pinewood Pro's new PRO Brick Wheel Assembly and PRO Brick Chassis engineered for racing derby cars made from LEGO® Bricks.:
- Perfect wheel spacing - so wheels don't bind or wobble
- Perfect track clearance - so your car doesn't bind on the center guide rail
- Ultra-Lite Wheel/Axle assembly that is only .11oz - means your car will have a fast start and fast finish
- Super-fast Nickel Plated Speed Axles - we appied our proven pinewood derby winning axles to PRO Brick Derby Car racing
...all of these feartures were designed for speed so your Cars made from LEGO® Bricks is as fast as a pinewood derby car.
To add weight, snap on a Zinc Brick. (See the silver colored Zinc Bricks on the back of the Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks in the image above.)
Pinewood Pro used their engineering skills and 20+ years of pinewood derby racing expertise to design the perfect parts to bring the fun of pinewood derby car racing to Derby car racing using cars made from LEGO® Bricks!
Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks on Pinewood Derby track
PRO Brick Wheel Assembly - PRO Brick Derby Chassis
The PRO Brick Wheel Assembly is Pinewood Pro's custom designed part that supports a Speed Axle and Ultra-Lite Wheel designed for speed. The PRO Brick, Speed Axle and Ultra-Lite Wheel are pre-assembled to give the perfect pinewood derby track clearance and the Wheel is preset with the perfect gap to minimize wobble and friction.
Each PRO Wheel Assembly weighs only .11oz (3.15g) so your car starts fast, accelerates fast and allows you to place more weight on the car body giving your car more inertia through to the finish line. Individual wheel assemblies gives more flexibility to move wheels. More flexibility means more creativity.
Just snap the PRO Brick Wheel Assembly into any derby car made from LEGO® Bricks and you're off to the races.
Zinc Brick Weights for derby cars made from LEGO® bricks
We designed these parts for speed so your your Derby Car made from LEGO® Bricks will be fast.
A fast car needs fast wheels and fast axles . The PRO Derby Wheel is Ultra Light, yet sturdy. The axles are nickle-plated comparable to our best pinewood derby speed axle. This new Wheel-Axle combination will make your Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks zoom down the track comparable to the fastest pinewood derby cars.
Lastly, you need weight, since your car flys down the track from the force of gravity. Just like pinewood derby cars, you want your Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks to have the maxiumum weight allowed in your race rules so your car has the inertia to speed to the finish line.
The easiest way to add weight to your car is with our new 2x2 Zinc Brick. Just snap this zinc weight anywhere on your car just like any other brick. Each brick weighs .44oz. You can easily move this weight to adjust the center of gravity for optimal performance.
For more speed tips, the Winning Pinewoood Derby Secrets also applies to Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks.
How to build a Pinewood Derby Car made from LEGO® Bricks
If you want to build a Pinewood Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks, you need to build your car on top of the "pine wood" derby wooden block that comes with your official pinewood derby kit. In addition, you need to use the axles and wheels that come with your official kit.
All pinewood derby races require using the parts that come with your car kit. Your kit could be the BSA kit for Cub Scouts or the Awana Grand Prix car kit or other similar derby car kit.
Read our free Guide How to Build a Pinewood Derby Cars made from LEGO® Bricks in 6 Steps that tells you how to build an official pinewood derby car base and then add brick parts on top.
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We are proud to be the inventors of the PRO Brick Wheel Assembly and Zinc Brick. These parts are the best solution for racing derby cars made from LEGO® bricks down a pinewood derby track because we incorporate over 20 years of car racing into these parts so your car will be the fastest. After market wheels are heavy and therefor slow. As engineers, we designed and track tested cars our with ultra-lite wheels and nickel plated axles, and built them into our PRO Brick Wheel Assembly and PRO Brick Derby Chassis to give you the best race car. Pinewood Pro has helped racers for over 20 years. But don't take OUR word for it...read what our customers say about Pinewood Pro.
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Winning Tips and Hints
Tips & Hints
If you are using 3/8" round weights, drill your 3/8" weight holes before cutting out the rest of the car because it is easier to hold the full block. Always use a clamp to hold your block before drilling or cutting. Safety First!
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.
Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets contains all the tips you need to win your race. Updated annually with the latest tips and speed products, our book has proven results with 1000's of winners... but don't take our word for it! Read over 90 Customer Reviews and check out our Winners Gallery!