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Pinewood Derby Car Racing

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Racing information, designs, rules, and more. Pinewood Derby Speed Secrets: Design and Build the Ultimate Car

The first Pinewood Derby racing event started when Cubmaster Don Murphy's son wanted to race in the Soap Box Derby but was to young to participate. Not wanting to disappoint his son, Don came up with racing miniature wood cars. These small cars had the same idea of the SoapBox Derby in that they used gravity to move the car. The idea caught on with the other Boy Scout Clubs and the Pinewood Derby was born.

The Pinewood Derby racing event is held annually and is so popular that other clubs besides the Boy Scouts hold these racing events. Since the name "Pinewood Derby" is a registered trademark they give it a different name but the event is basically the same.

Each scout is given a block of wood made out of pine with notches for the wheels, plastic wheels and four nails. The car must use all the parts and can't weight more than 5 ounces. The car can't be longer than a specified length. Each Scout Club has their own Pinewood Derby track and the cars must fit on the club track.

Parents can help with the car construction but it should be mostly the child that builds it. Each car can be carved and decorated as much as the child wants as long as they stay in the guidelines. The fastest cars usually have the weights at the rear and are real low to the ground. The only lubricant allowed is Graphite. The wooden cars are judged on best looking and fastest car

The Pinewood Derby track has three or four lanes and since the cars are powered by gravity must be sloped to the ground. The scouts take turns racing their cars and the winners of each "heat" then complete until the club winner is found.

On this page you will find all the materials you need to build your Pinewood Derby car. Also find books and other products to give you secrets and tips help you win. Find Pinewood Derby car designs, kits, templates and patterns.

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Dear Pinewood Derby Car Racing Fans,

I am writing to you in behalf of your Heavenly Father. He is seeking you like a lost sheep. You remember the Bible story? It is about a shepherd who has 100 sheep. But when he brings the sheep home one night, one is missing. He then leaves the 99 sheep and goes out into the wilderness until he finds that lost sheep.

In this parable the shepherd goes out to search for the one lost sheep-the very least that can be numbered. So if there had been but one lost soul, Christ would have died for that one. To read more click Lost Sheep

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