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Unique Pinewood Derby Car Design Ideas

Building a Pinewood Derby car is one of the most rewarding projects you can complete.  With a basic wood block, axles and 4 wheels, you can create a speedy car based on physics principals or make a unique car with a lot of personal touch and creativity. While creating a winning Pinewood Derby car comes with accolades we would like to highlight some of the more exotic and wild Pinewood Derby car designs out there!

Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?

Create your favorite sea friend with a Spongebob Squarepants Derby kit. Spongebob’s low-profile makes the ideal aerodynamic design, so you’ll see your car fly into first place. The kit’s precision cut laser body, axles and wheels abide by all the BSA Official Rules. Simply affix the car parts, and the perfectly designed yellow sponge decal, and watch Spongebob come alive at your next derby.

May the Force Be With You

You’ll feel like your derby racer is from outer space with the Jedi-inspired Star Cruiser car kit. With decals that mimic the Jedi Cruiser from the Star Wars movies, this Pinewood Derby car design will fly at light speed!  The basic Jedi Star Cruiser Kit comes with a pre-cut body, Jedi stickers, tungsten cubes for added weight and instructions.

I’m Batman

Keep Gotham City safe and secure by creating your Pinewood Derby Batmobile Car Kit. This unique Pinewood Derby car kit is made with one thing in mind, speed! The pre-cut body ensures the proper weight placement, center mass and aerodynamics to win your next Pinewood Derby, and look cool while doing it! Leave The Joker, Catwoman and Bane in the dust with the only Pinewood Derby car Wayne Enterprises would put its name on!

Free Your Mind

Although prefabricated kits are fun and perfect if you’re short on time, your artistic creativity and imagination are squashed!  Buy a basic pinewood block kit to let your imagination take over!  Cut and sand the wood to engineer a fast and aerodynamic car, then paint or design the car with any color scheme you like. Even decals can be applied to the wood for a personalized design. Keep the creativity flowing with decorative additions, but try to keep a streamlined appearance. Wind still needs to flow unimpeded across the surface. Doesn’t this iPod inspired derby car look cool?

Derby car racing is one of the perks of being a kid. Select your favorite kit or basic block to create the next best racer. You’ll want to build as many as possible to show your creative side. Whatever route you choose to go is fine; just make sure you’re having fun!

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Derby Monkey Spotlight: Atomic Wedgie Pinewood Derby Car Kit

When a sailboat racing team wins a regatta with a boat that’s identical to all the others, like in the Olympics, it’s obvious that their sailing technique plays a big part in the victory. In Pinewood Derby racing all the cars aren’t the same but, even if two cars are created from identical car-build kits, the building techniques used by the winner makes a big difference. This is what will give the racer an edge to reach the winner’s circle.

Of course, it never hurts to have a blazingly fast car kit to start with and the Cub Series Atomic Wedgie featured here is a perfect answer to that need for speed. It’s affordably priced so as not to bust your budget and yet contains everything needed to build a blisteringly fast beauty that’s just begging to beat the other boys’ toys. The wedge shape provides exceptional aerodynamics with its low-profile, knife-cutting performance. It’s been pre-cut for shape, pre-drilled for weights and pre-slotted for the axles. Everything is there in the Atomic Wedgie Kit, including official BSA Pinewood Derby wheels and axles.

This model uses a standard BSA Pinewood Derby wheelbase and axle slots and meets official dimension requirements. In other words, all the tough stuff has been taken care of for you, but that doesn’t mean you won’t still be able to enjoy putting everything together, painting it up, applying the decals and fine-tuning this car’s driving characteristics to be the best it can be. That means making sure everything is properly placed, balanced, lubed up and free to fly at top speed.

Why Buy an Atomic Wedgie Pinewood Derby Car Kit?

Some Scouts want to start from scratch building their Pinewood Derby entry from the ground up, starting with a basic block of pinewood and doing all the cutting, sanding, painting, drilling and building. We respect that, and know that the experience gained will go a long way toward developing valuable skills in designing, woodworking, using tools and more.

For some entering a car in the Pinewood Derby, doing it all by selecting each individual part and putting everything together is what it’s all about. Here at Derby Monkey we have hundreds of different items from which to choose in pursuit of that dream.

For most, though, the dream is to build a car that has a chance of taking the lead and finishing while looking good. That’s why most contestants go with a car kit that has the body already pre-cut, has the axle slots or holes in the exact place they need to be to provide maximum efficiency, has the best wheels already selected and even has the proper weights to produce the ideal center of gravity. When you choose the Atomic Wedgie you get this and more, and all at a price you can easily afford!

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Pinewood Derby, Car Show, Book Sale, Spaghetti Supper, Auction, Railroad Junction Day

Molino – Pinewood Derby And Car Show
There will be a Pinewood Derby and Car Show on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church in Molino. Races begin at 9:30 a.m. with classes from pre-k to fifth grade. Cars will be judged and awards given.  The Open Car Show begins with registration ($25) at 8 a.m. with judging beginning at 9 a.m. Trophies awarded at 2 p.m. to the top 40 vehicles. The church is located at 6240 North Highway 95A in Molino.

Friends of the Library Book Sale 
Fall Used Book Sale for Friends of the West Florida Public Library at the Downtown Pensacola Public Library, 239 N. Spring St. Hours: Saturday, 9 a.m.-5p.m., and Sunday, noon- 3p.m., $5 bag sale. Free admisssion. Used books of all kinds, hard cover, soft cover, and paperbacks; DVD’s, CD’s, magazines, puzzles. All profits benefit the West Florida Public Library system.

Flomaton – Railroad Junction Day 
Railroad Junction Day will be held Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Flomaton Community Center and Lions Club Park in Flomaton, Ala. There will be entertainment, various food and craft vendors in the park, and a model train display in the community center. Turtle Point Environmental Center will be open with a “Birds of Prey” demonstration and antique car show in the parking lot. The Flomaton Public Library will host severa speakers and the Flomaton Area Railroad Museum, log cabin and caboose will be open.

Walnut Hill – Spaghetti Supper And Auction 
The Walnut Hill Ruritan Club will hold a spaghetti supper and auction Saturday, September 28. The supper is from 4-6 p.m. and the auction begins at 6 p.m. at the Walnut Hill Community Center, 7850 Highway 97.

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Free Pinewood Derby Templates

Derby Monkey Garage has added several new features to its website at One of the most popular is its page of free Pinewood Derby templates. There are more than dozen sets of templates and design ideas for some super cool looking and blazing fast derby cars.

Derby Monkey belives that some things in life should still be free… including derby car templates and ideas.  Why pay for somethiong that should be free?  After all this is for Cub Scouts… Right?

Coming up with an idea on how to build your new Pinewood Derby car can sometimes be a challenge. Then after you come up with an idea… how do you transform this idea onto the block of wood? Using the free Pinewood Derby car templates complimentary of Derby Monkey you can quickly and easily trace the car design onto your blank canvas and start transforming the chunk of wood into a racing masterpiece.

Pinewood Derby Car TemplateThere are templates for a Batmobile, Dragster, Funnycar, Arrow, Police Car, Skateboard, Military Humvee and many more. The list is continuing to grow so keep checking back for the newest super-fast and great looking design.

You will still need some wood cutting and shaping tools. Derby Monkey has that. Your new car may need paint, decals and some custom accessory parts. Derby Monkey has that too. Then you may need some super-fast Pinewood Derby wheels and axles or the ProMax Axle Polishing kits. Derby Monkey has all of that. As a matter of fact, they have more than 500 Pinewood Derby items. Derby Monkey Garage is a derby car superstore containing everything you need to build a district caliber car and blow the doors off the competition.

So, go to and check out their new line of free car templates and their complete line of derby car kits, parts, tools and supplies.

Go To: Free Pinewood Derby Templates

You’ll be glad you did.

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The Fastest Pinewood Derby Car Kit on the Market

A question that we get asked a lot goes something like this… “What is the fastest Pinewood Derby car kit available?”

This is a difficult question to deal with because there are so many variables that go into building a fast derby car.  Things you do during the build will affect the car’s speed more than just the kit itself.  Axle polishing, wheel treatment, alignment, weight placement and lubrication are just a few things that will influence the overall speed of the finished car.  These things are left up to the builder to successfully accomplish.  If these factors are not properly addressed then the fastest car kit in the world will likely not win your derby.

Now, having said that, not all per-cut car kits are created equal.  Some kits give you a definite speed advantage over other kits.  Factors like the aerodynamics of the body, weight pocket location, center of gravity, use of axle holes or slots and location of axle holes all play a major role in how fast a car kit will be.


Fastest Pinewood Derby Car Kit


So is there a single kit that we think is the fastest?  Yes… with all building skills and techniques being equal… The G-FORCE by Derby Monkey Garage is the absolute FASTEST Pinewood Derby car kit on the market today. How can we say this? Easy… the G-FORCE was engineered with just a single thing in mind… flat out sheer speed. The pre-cut body design, tungsten weight placement, center of gravity, alignment and aerodynamics are all optimized for top performance. Since we introduced the G-FORCE it has won hundreds of pack and district derby races. The G-FORCE is the fastest pre-cut Pinewood Derby car kit available… and best of all it′s all BSA Pinewood Derby legal.

 G-Force - Fastest Pinewood Derby Car Kit

The G-FORCE Features:

• Pre-cut Pine Body: The G-FORCE body has been precision cut with a CNC guided laser for perfect symmetry, balance and accuracy. 

• Very Aerodynamic:  The body is designed to be only ¼” thick for extreme aerodynamics.  The easier it cuts through the air the faster it goes.

• Ideal Center of Gravity: The body design, weight compartments and tungsten weight allow for a very aggressive center of gravity from ½” to ¾”.  The shorter the COG the faster a Pinewood Derby car will go.

• Tungsten Weights: This kit comes with tungsten cubes to get the car to its recommended racing weight. Tungsten is best for weighting Pinewood Derby cars.  It more dense than lead, steel or zinc, making it heavier, allowing you to pack more weight at the rear of the car body shortening its COG and making it much faster.

• Drilled Axle Holes: These axle holes are precision drilled on a machine jig to ensure that all four holes are perfectly straight, square to the body and parallel to each other.  This eliminates wheel binding and allows for a much faster car.

• Raised Left Front Wheel: The left front axle hole is drilled slightly higher than the other three allowing the left front wheel to be raised off the track. Rolling on only three wheels decreases the start-up inertia required to get the car up to speed.  So, the car reaches its top speed sooner.

 Extended Wheelbase: The axle holes on this kit are drilled as far back/forward as possible to increase the distance between wheels without violating the maximum length rule. Extending the wheelbase increases the stability of the car thus decreasing wobble and increasing speed.

 G-FORCE Decal Set: This kit comes with the G-FORCE decal stripes and number set (as shown) for some super cool looking custom graphics. Use these included decals or create your own unique design.

• Official BSA Pinewood Derby Wheels & Axles: This kit comes with the option to add stock or enhance Official BSA Pinewood Derby wheels and axles. For example: the Derby Worx Pro Ultra Lite BSA wheels are the fastest BSA Pinewood Derby wheels on the market.

• Meets BSA Pinewood Derby Regulations: This car meets all BSA Pinewood Derby dimensional and weight requirements. The optional BSA wheels and axles are all BSA Pinewood Derby approved products.

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