Until Roger Bannister first broke the 4-minute mile in 1954, many of the experts thought it was impossible due to the limitations of the human body. Once that 4-minute barrier was finally proven to be beatable however, others soon followed; knowing the imaginary limit on speed no longer existed. The same was true before the first airplane broke the sound barrier. Now jet airplanes can travel many times the speed of sound.
When it comes to the speeds achieved by Pinewood Derby cars, things continue to improve each year. With derby cars you’re dealing with two opposing forces: gravity is propelling your vehicle forward while friction is holding it back. By lowering friction you add speed, and one of the best ways to do this is by improving the condition of the wheels and the axles that support them.
The Pre Canted and Polished Axles that you see here are the ultimate in computer-designed, precision-machined Pinewood Derby car axles. They’re made from the ideal material: pure, high-grade stainless steel that’s corrosion-proof, extremely strong and highly polished. They have no crimp marks and will fit perfectly into your axle holes or slots. The inner heads have been designed for minimal wheel-to-axle contact and to provide totally wobble-free wheel roll.
But here’s the best part, and likely the main thing you’re looking for. These axles will make your car run FAST! Three of the four axles have a 2.5° bend for rail riding and the axle heads have been grooved to make minute adjustments with a screwdriver easy to accomplish. The axle shafts, each of which have been highly polished to remove even the smallest imperfections, also contain two special grooves that serve as reservoirs for your lubricant. This allows for more lubricant to be used and also for it to last longer during a derby tournament.
These top-of-the-line axles are a huge improvement over the stock Pinewood Derby axles and, for those who spend the extra money to get them, are well worth the investment because of the additional speed achieved by racers fitted with them. They’re sized on each end to exactly fit official wheel hubs and axle slots (or holes). They’ve been designed to look just like the official BSA axles when they’re in place on your car and they’re completely legal for use in Pinewood Derby competitions. These are among the fastest, most progressive wheel axles available.