How to Design and Build Your Pinewood Derby Car in Six Easy Steps

Build your Pinewood Derby car in half the time, with our easy, step-by-step directions

This is what Pinewood Derby in Six Easy Steps will do for you:

Saves you Time

  • Build your car in half the time


  • To make your project go faster

Avoid Mistakes

  • Don't build a slow car!

Car Design Templates

  • Cut out one of our Car Designs and with a single cut or two, you are nearly done. We show you how...It is the fastest way to build your car.

Essential Speed Tips

  • You get the Speed Essentials to build a competitive car. Our other book, Winning Pinewood Derby Secrets, is the #1 best seller for gives you the full list of over 40 speed secrets.

Car Design Tips

  • For building a cool car

Pinewood Made Easy

  • Over 20 illustrations makes each step simple and clear

Who should read this book?

  • This book is for beginner adults and also a child to guide them through building their own pinewood derby car

Pinewood Derby in Six Easy Steps

How to Design Your Pinewood Derby Car in 6 Steps:

  1. Step 1. Dad, I've Got an Idea!
  2. Step 2. Buckle Up - We're Building a Car - Cutting
  3. Step 3. Smooth Sailing - Shaping
  4. Step 4. Be a Heavy Weight - Adding Weight
  5. Step 5. Shine Like a Star - Finishing Touches
  6. Step 6. Race Like a Champ - Speed Essentials for a Competitive Car

Car Design Cut-Out Templates

Includes three simple cut-out car design templates...the fastest way to build a car

Handy List of Tools
Over 20 illustrations lead you through every step.

Perfect wheel spacing
Correct front of Pinewood Derby Car
Pinewood Derby template
Painting Pinewood Derby Car

Have fun together and do your best!
Instant download direct to your computer.

Pinewood Derby Speed Products

To make a fast, winning car you need Speed Products. Yes, you can win a race without the best speed products on the market, but that depends on your competition! Chances are, some racers know the Winning Secrets and have created or purchased speed products (polished axles, lathed wheels, lubricants, etc.) needed to make a fast car.

If you want a fast, winning car, you should consider our Speed Products that have been track-tested to prove they are the fastest.  

To win your race, select the best Speed Products that are appropriate for your race. That means, you need to read your race rules and select the most appropriate products for your race. How do you know which products are "appropriate"? Read your race rules to determine which speed products are allowed for your particular race.  If you have questions about your rules, ask your race manager because EVERY race is different and the rules are interpreted by whomever is inspecting cars at your race.

Our PRO Products are categorized below. I summarized the category and highlighted a Speed Product to give you an idea what is in that category.  

pinewood derby graphite

PRO Graphite

Pinewood PRO Graphite is a special blend of dry powdered graphite with sub-micron molybdenum disulfide additive. It substantially decreases friction and is the single best thing you can do to increase your car speed! Track tests show a 17% to 20% speed increase, depending on the axles being used.

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pinewood derby polished BSA Axles

BSA Polished Speed Axles

Our BSA polished axles are legal in all BSA races. Our track tests showed a 9.8% speed increase over stock BSA axles. For additional speed, consider upgrading to BSA grooved and graphite-coated axles.

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BSA lathed speed wheels

BSA Lathed Speed Wheels

Our track tests showed a 5.5% speed increase over stock BSA wheels. For additional speed, consider our Ultra-Lite or graphite-coated BSA wheels.

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Pinewood Derby PRO Tools to help build your car

PRO Tools help with everything from drilling axle holes so your car rolls straight, to polishing the inside of your wheel bore for extra speed, to rail riding for a technical advantage. We even have handy tools for gaping your wheels and an Axle Puller-Inserter to remove or insert your axles without damaging your wheels.

Pre-cut and drilled pinewood derby car blocks

Pre-cut Car Blocks and Drilled Blocks

Pre-cut car blocks save you time cutting and shaping your car. Drilled blocks insure that your car rolls straight and also offers a raised wheel option to increase speed.

pre-built pinewood derby cars

Fully Built PRO Cars

If you can not build your own car, our fully built PRO pinewood derby cars are fully built and tested for speed. These pre-built cars are precision tuned, track tested and ready to race. Just add graphite!

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Pinewood Pro Winner's Circle


Winning Tips and Hints

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Tips & Hints

Looking for a pinewood derby car design template? Select from over 30 of Pinewood Pro's award winning Pinewood Derby Car Designs. They include everything from race cars to Military cars to a Nike Sneaker!

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Wheels Tip

Spin each wheel on a polished axle with graphite and count the number of revolutions. If a wheel wobbles, try spinning it again. If it still wobbles, get another wheel that does not wobble.

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Winning Hint

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!