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  • It’s a White Center Jubilee Days fundraiser: The 2nd annual Pinewood Derby at Big Al Brewing, all ages welcome,… http://t.co/wbQ9bDQF #
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  • Portland Pinewood Derby Classic and Art Auction – This free event will feature art, cars, red-hot racing action,… http://t.co/dAwzRSOs #
  • Cub Scout Pack 6 at Auke Bay, Alaska receives a Pinewood Derby computer donation. The pack will use the computer… http://t.co/LWBZIruE #
  • Hundreds of Cub Scouts to race the Fastest Pinewood Derby cars of 2012 at Mall Of America. see… http://t.co/xtMHcXUP #
  • The Meat and Chease Bread Pinewood Derby raising funds fpr Mercy Corps. see… http://t.co/Bg9UiCFB #
  • The Stumptown 40 Adult Pinewood Derby Race in Portland Oregon is a benefit race for Buckman Elementary School…. http://t.co/rp0BI2rL #
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  • What keeps me Catholic? The Pinewood Derby… by Michael Daley… http://t.co/rJG5V1uR #
  • Members of the Nos. 48/88 shop participated in a Pinewood Derby team-building event in May at Hendrick… http://t.co/PBvoJYXl #
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Derby Monkey’s Twitter Weekly Tweets for 2012-05-27

  • Hot Rod Magazine holds its first annual Pinewood Derby race and registers 34 racers for 2012 Cruise Night… http://t.co/Y26WBetn #
  • Salt Lake company hosts a Pinewood Derby race for charity for the fight against multiple sclerosis…… http://t.co/PrbDEqOd #
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Pinewood Derby Save This Father And Son Relationship

Erick and his father had a strained relationship. It came as no surprise though. When Erick’s mom and sister passed away five years ago suddenly, his father fell into a slump that was hard to pull him out of. Erick, only 4 when his mom and sibling had passed, was left to his own devices, and often to the care of family members and friends. When Erick was 9, his friends all raved about building Pinewood Derby cars with their moms and dads. The kids would tease each other about their cars, or “oooh” and “ahhhh” at the ideas their parents had helped them with. When it came time for Erick to display his ideas, he was often silent, and greeted with questions.

Each day Erick would find scraps of wood from the neighbor’s trash, or behind buildings. He’d ask family members to borrow tools, glue, or anything else he might need. And slowly, bit by bit, he started building himself a Pinewood Derby car. At first, his father continued on his usual routine of coming home, throwing a frozen meal in the microwave, and flopping on the couch. It wasn’t until Erick’s derby car came crashing down one day that he finally got his father’s attention. Erick sat teary eyed on the floor as his father rushed into the room; wood was strewn everywhere, and a crumpled “Pinewood Derby Car Race!” announcement lay in the corner. His father didn’t yell. He wasn’t angry, or mean. He took a moment to evaluate the situation. Looking at his defeated son his father began to clean up the mess, stopping briefly to read the race car announcement.

Once he was done, he lifted the sad boy from the floor and carried him to the car. Erick looked at him with blurry eyes, but his father just nodded and drove to local hardware store. They picked up all the supplies they needed, and plenty more to spare. By time they got home the moon was shining, and the sun was nowhere in sight. But that didn’t stop them, the two worked through the night, side by side for the first time in five years.

On the day of the race, Erick’s Pinewood Derby car stood beside the others. His was the one to beat! And as he raced through the street, passing all his friends, the smile plastered on his face was the first one his father had seen in far too long. As he made his way through the finish line, his father ran towards him, tears streaming down his face. He scooped his son up, and whispered in his ear, “I’ll never leave you like that again.”

The first place medal hung on the frame, where a picture of Erick and his dad proudly displayed the derby car, hand built by the two. To the two of them, that first place medal did not symbolize them winning the race. No, that medal symbolized the two of them rebuilding what had been lost five years ago.

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Pinewood Derby Race

Pinewood Derby Race

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Rules To Know About The Pinewood Derby Race Cars

The Pinewood Derby car racing competition is a popular competitive and recreational activity that is conducted for the members of Boy Scouts of America program. The scouts are given wooden car kits that contains nails, wood block and wheels to make a car of their choice. The goal of the participants is to build a car that runs fastest on the track. When building a car the participants must follow all the rules set by the organization. These rules are necessary to ensure the event is fair and all participants are given equal chance to win the event.

The Howler Pinewood Derby Car Kit

The Howler Pinewood Derby Car Kit

Specification of the Car

The participants must make the car from the supplied block of wood. However, the shape of the wood can be altered to make a fast Pinewood Derby car. To change the shape of the car, participants can use bandsaw, hand knife or Dremel. However, the finished car must have a maximum length and height of 7 inches and 3 inches respectively. Also, the car designed by the participants must not be wider than two and three-quarter inches. The scouts must also make sure the car has the right clearance height. If the car has higher clearance, the pin will not be able to their car in position. On the other hand, if the car has lower clearance, the bottom of the car will rub the track and affect their chances of winning the event.

Weight

Since the cars that are heavy can gain more momentum when racing down the track, the organizers have put a cap on the maximum weight of the car. To provide a level playing field to all the scouts who participate in the event, the maximum weight of the car is fixed at 5 ounces. To offset the weight lost when the wood is shaved down; the organizers have allowed scouts to add metal weights to the car. These weights cannot be tapped to the car but can be inserted in the body.

Axles

All the participants must use the axles that come with the official kit. Smoothing, filing and sanding of the pinewood derby axles is permitted provided the diameter of the axles does not exceed 0.084 inches. The axles can also be lubricated with products that are available on sale at Derby outlets. However, these axles cannot be attached to machines that are designed to rotate them.

Wheels

The participants are only allowed to use the official BSA Pinewood Derby wheels that come with the kit. Sanding of the wheel is allowed provided the original lettering, size and shape is not altered. Scouts can use fingernail polish, tape or glue on the inside but nothing must spill over to the outside. The participants must attach the wheels of the car directly to the axle and must ensure they spin freely.

Prohibited Parts

The participants are prohibited from using parts like wheel bearing, motorized parts, springs, hubcaps, lubricating oil, electronically-powered lights, modified wheels or any other part that can affect other cars. The use of these items is prohibited because it can give players an unfair advantage and may increase their chances of winning the race.

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Top Tips For Building A Pinewood Derby Car

Most people think that building a Pinewood Derby Car is easy. While this may be true in principle, it is not easy to build one that performs well in a Pinewood Derby Race – this means FAST!  This is because it is the actual design and the assembly of the car that determines how well it runs. You have to come up with a design that will be move by gravity without any need for other outside forces.

One of the things you should really keep in mind is the weight of the vehicle. On the race day, nothing heavier than 5 oz. will be allowed. You should not build your Pinewood Derby Car too close to this allowed maximum since any slight change can increase it and bar you from racing. For example, increase in humidity can increase moisture content in the woodwork and make it heavy.

The other thing that you should be keen on is Pinewood Derby Car lubrication. You should lubricate it well so that it runs smoothly to increase its speed. One of the best lubricants with these cars is graphite. The axles should be coated with graphite to enable them the derby car to run with minimal energy. The axles should also be polished as much as possible to reduce friction. Friction is the number one hindrance to movement and everything that reduces it will increase the speed of your automobile.

Monkey Dust Premium Graphite

Monkey Dust Premium Graphite

Wheel clearance is another tricky thing to get right. There is a right distance for each type of car. The wheels should not be very close to the body of the car since that would get them rubbing on the body when the car moves, and thus reduce their speed. If they are too far from the body, they will be loose and wriggle when the vehicle moves and reduce the speed too. You can experiment with different distances to get the right one.

Then there is the issue of sanding. The rule of thumb here is to start with rough sandpaper and then move on to finer ones. This is the right technique to use if you want to make the surfaces as smooth as possible. There are even techniques for sanding holes. One of them is to wrap the sandpaper on a pencil and then insert it and rub it against the sides of the hole.

Drilling is not an easy thing. If you are building your first pinewood derby car, chances are high that there are several things you might not get right the first time. However, you need to ensure that you get your drilling right if you want to create clean holes. To avoid chipping your wood, you should place a piece of wood beneath the one being drilled. This way, your exit hole will be clean too.

These and other tips are necessary if you want to build a winning pinewood derby car. You can carry out more research on how to fit the right parts together so that you do not build a heavy car that does not move on the racecourse. The fact that you do not use engines in these cars makes it very exciting since all you have to rely on is gravity.

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Want A Fast Pinewood Derby Car? Build It Correctly.

Most people think that building a Pinewood Derby Car is easy. While this may be true in principle, it is not easy to build one that performs well in a derby. This is because it is the actual design and the assembly of the car that determines how well it runs. You have to come up with a design that will be propelled well by gravity without any need for other outside forces.

One of the things you should really be keen on is the weight of the vehicle. On the race day, nothing heavier than 5 oz. will be allowed. You should not build yours too close to this allowed maximum since any slight change can increase it and bar you from racing. For example, increase in humidity can increase moisture content in the woodwork and make it heavy.

The other thing that you should be keen on is lubrication. You should lubricate it well so that it runs freely to increase its speed. One of the best pinewood derby car lubricants with these cars is graphite. The axles should be coated with graphite to enable them the derby car to run with minimal energy. The axles should also be polished as much as possible to reduce friction. Friction is the number one hindrance to movement and everything that reduces it will increase the speed of your automobile.

Wheel clearance is another tricky thing to get right. There is a right distance for each type of car. The wheels should not be very close to the body of the car since that would get them rubbing on the body when the car moves, and thus reduce their speed. If they are too far from the body, they will be loose and wriggle when the vehicle moves and reduce the speed too. You can experiment with different distances to get the right one.

NASCAR Pinewood Derby Car Kit

NASCAR Pinewood Derby Car Kit DerbyMonkeyGarage.com

Then there is the issue of sanding. The rule of thumb here is to start with rough sandpaper and then move on to finer ones. This is the right technique to use if you want to make the surfaces as smooth as possible. There are even techniques for sanding holes. One of them is to wrap the sandpaper on a pencil and then insert it and rub it against the sides of the hole.

Drilling is not an easy thing. If you are building your first pinewood derby car, chances are high that there are several things you might not get right the first time. However, you need to ensure that you get your drilling right if you want to create clean holes. To avoid chipping your wood, you should place a piece of wood beneath the one being drilled. This way, your exit hole will be clean too.

These and other tips are necessary if you want to build a winning pinewood derby car. You can carry out more research on how to fit the right parts together so that you do not build a heavy car that does not move on the racecourse. The fact that you do not use engines in these cars makes it very exciting since all you have to rely on is gravity.

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Pinewood Derby Provides Scouts With Sense of Accomplishment

Cub Scouts have been making pinewood derby cars for years. Scouts take a block of wood and carve it into a car. They add wheels and run it down a track. This gives the scouts a sense of accomplishment and allows them to feel proud of their workmanship. Most scouts do the job mostly on their own with a trusted adult. This allows the scouts to feel pride in their workmanship.

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Pinewood Derby DerbyMonkeyGarage.com

One of the things that makes the cars so special is that the scouts design them from a block of wood. There is a fair amount of creativity in the process because they boys start with only a block of wood, from that they add the axle and the wheels. They can design it however they want within certain parameters. There are designs they can choose online. Or they are free to create their own. Many boys feel a great sense of accomplishment when they design their cars and then race them.
The scouts can win other awards from building and racing their cars. They might win a prize or a ribbon for the best looking car, the most original design etc. It is not just a race of speed. Some of the reason to build a car is just to have a sense of pride from working on a project and seeing it through.

It is really a nice project because boys can get help from their father or some other adult to help them build and design a car. Not only does it just benefit the child but it also benefits the adult since they are involved with this child on the project. Family harmony is an aim of this project and it is a nice time to design and build a derby car. This is a great way to spend time together as a family. At the same time scouts are encouraged to do most of the work themselves so that they can feel proud of their creation, and they get the “I did it myself” feeling.The Pinewood Derby is not so much a race as it is an exercise in craftsmanship and independence. Those are heady feeling for a young child, and hopefully they will take something away from the experience.

Most men still remember the Pinewood Derby cars they built as children. This shows what a powerful experience it can be for a young boy.  The nice thing about the derby cars is that there is a standard for all of them, so the scouts all have an equal chance to win. The blocks of wood are identical sizes and weights. Also the scout troop votes on their own rules for the derby so the boys have some ownership in this as well. The Pinewood Derby gives young boys a sense of accomplishment because they do a lot of the work themselves, and also each troop makes it their own derby in many ways. The derby gives each child an equal chance to win and this is something that is very special as well.

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Camo Design for Pinewood Derby Car

The pinewood wood derby is a popular racing event participated by Cub Scouts. The event highlights a race of miniature cars made from pinewood. This enjoyable car race event is also educational, during the car-making process. Those who build their pinewood derby car can incorporate skills such as analytical thinking, woodworking, imagination, and creativity. They need to make sure that the measurements are accurate, and the right materials are used for building and designing a Pinewood Derby car.

The designs for pinewood derby cars vary, and participants want to make sure that their cars have the most stunning and brilliant appeal. They can choose to put flame prints, or bold colors on their handmade cars. Moreover, they might want to create a camo design that is similar to the patterns in most military vehicles. The following steps can guide those who plan to use a camouflage paint job for their fast pinewood derby cars.

1. Prepare the necessary supplies.

For a camo design, it is important to prepare several supplies and tools such as spray paint with three camo colors, top coat spray paint, and a camo pattern. The pattern may be found in books and online resources that may be applied as a guide in designing the car. There are other essential items required for the project including a paintbrush, sandpapers with various grits, primer, and masking tape.

Revell Military Racer Pinewood Derby Car Kit

Revell Military Racer Pinewood Derby Car Kit

2. Sand the unpainted car.

It will be easy to paint the car when it has a smooth surface. Sand all portions of the car by using rough sandpaper. Then, use fine grit sandpaper when all edges and portions of the car are completely smooth. Check for rough sections by rubbing the car’s surface with a soft cloth. When the cloth snags on any portion, continue sanding with fine sandpaper.

3. Spray-paint the car with a primer and outline the camo pattern.

When the car is already smooth, spray-paint the surface with a primer. Apply thin coats on the car. However, allow the paint to dry for about two hours before applying the second coating. Then, examine the camouflage design pattern. Trace the pattern on the car by using a pencil.

4. Apply the right color for the camo design.

Decide on the paint color for the pattern. Desert camo comes with beige, tan, and white, while a forest camo has brown, black, and green colors. Put tape on some sections to prevent mixing of colors. Spray the uncovered sections with the first color, and allow 10 minutes for the paint to dry. Apply two coatings of the first color before starting with the other colors for the camo design. Follow the same procedure in the application of the second and third color of paint. Then, fill in some gaps in the painted surface by using a paintbrush.

5. Give the car a smooth finish.

After the paint has already dried, use a fine sandpaper to remove clumps on the painted surface. Wipe the scraped dust off the wooden car by using a soft cloth. Lastly, apply a clear, top-coat paint to make the car appear glossy and smooth.

These steps can help those who want to have the finest design for their pinewood derby cars. Make sure that the right materials and techniques are applied to ensure a high-quality car with superb visual appeal.

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5 Easy Tips To Improve Your Pinewood Derby Car’s Speed

If you plan to race in a Pinewood Derby, then you will definitely want your Pinewood Derby car to be faster than your competitors or even the fastest in the entire Derby. Thus, taking the right steps can help you improve your Pinewood Derby car’s speed. You might not be able to build the fastest car for the Pinewood Derby, but you can certainly add more speed to their car. Following are 5 easy tips to improve your Pinewood Derby car’s speed.

1. Minimizing the Friction in Axles and Wheels

While you shouldn’t merely be focusing on the axles and wheels of your Pinewood Derby car, however, it is certainly a good place to start if you want to improve your car’s speed. Polishing and sanding the axles and wheels of the car is quite necessary if you want your car to go faster. The friction produced by them will be reduced this way, and their speed will be increased in return. Make sure you use the right equipment and materials to polish and sand the parts. You will have to confirm the balance of the axles and wheels by rolling your car over a flat surface once you have polished and sanded them.

2. Gradually Sanding Pinewood Derby Cars

Apart from improving the Pinewood Derby car’s appearance, sanding and painting your car will also help you improve its speed. The friction produced by the car will depend on how good you have sanded it. The fineness of the sandpaper should be gradually reduced while sanding the car. The “grit” number of the sandpaper should also be gradually lowered. You will also be able to paint the car much better if you sanded and patched it properly.

3. The Power of Paint Must Never Be Underestimated

You can begin painting your Pinewood Derby car once you have perfectly sanded its surface to smoothness. A single coat of white primer has to be applied on Pinewood Derby cars at first. Make sure you thoroughly cover the car’s surface. After applying the primer, various coats of paint can be added to the car. Avoid applying really heavy coats of paint. They will only add weight to your car and slow it down rather than speeding it up. The weight of your car should merely be close to the 5 ouch weight limit.

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Pinewood Derby Speed Secrets Book DerbyMax.com

4. The Axles and Wheels Should Be Aligned

Once the speed of Pinewood Derby Cars has been improved, it becomes very necessary to align the axles and wheels. If you are a Cub Scout then make sure you choose some easy method to align these parts or get some help to align them.

5. Using the Trial and Error Method

Your car’s speed can be effectively boosted through a couple of actions.
- Only the best-quality axles and wheels should be used
- Is necessary, the wheels should be re-polished
- The axles and wheels should be constantly tested until they properly roll

As mentioned, while the fast Pinewood Derby cars cannot be built this way, but if you follow these 5 easy tips to improve your Pinewood Derby car’s speed, they will definitely prove to be effective.

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10 Steps To Building A Fast Pinewood Derby Car

The Pinewood Derby has been a major event of the Cub Scouts since 1953.   If your child is a Cub Scout and is participating in the Pinewood Derby, he will definitely need to build his own Pinewood Derby car.   Pinewood Derby cars are available as kits that consist of a pre-cut body of the car, cylinders and axles for the wheels and instructions to help build the car.

Below is a list of 10 steps to building a fast Pinewood Derby car.

First of all, you have to check the wheels of the kit.   It is very important that you ensure the wheels are perfectly round so that the speed of the car is increased. Moreover, the axles and wheels have to be checked for burrs, and if found, they have to be removed immediately.

Pro Ultra Lite BSA Pinewood Derby Wheels

Pro Ultra Lite BSA Pinewood Derby Wheels DerbyMax.com

Next thing you have to do for a fast Pinewood Derby car is to polish your car axles. This is better done with the help of another person.

It is always better to get your hands on some car plans before creating your car. You could also think of your own design, and put it on paper or a computer file so that you can later tweak your car to perfection.

After painting the body of your Pinewood Derby car, it is important that you give the paint sufficient time to dry. This prevents sticky paint from sticking to the wheels and reducing its speed. You can speedup the drying process by applying a few light coats of paint instead of a heavy one.

It is important that you know the Pinewood Derby rules to ensure your car does not break any of them. Learn the Boy Scouts of America’s limits on the car’s weight and dimensions before designing your car as they tend to change every year. It is important that you are aware of, and follow these rules as the car’s speed is irrelevant if you break any of the official Derby rules.

Make sure you add some lubrication to the wheels. You could add talcum powder, graphite powder or penetrating oils. Try all of them to find out which method is the most effective in improving your car speed.

Your car should not exceed the Derby’s weight limit. So keep the paint and putty weight in mind while calculating the overall weight of the car. While you should not exceed the weight limit, your car should also get as close to the weight’s limit too. So you can add some lead weights to the car, if required, to increase its weight.

It is always better to concentrate on placing the center of gravity of the car on the rear wheels. This makes it possible for you to make one of the front wheels a little higher than the other, to help you roll your car on three and not four wheels. This is an added benefit as it consumes less energy.

If it is allowed, you could use a mandrel to reshape your wheels to help lower the mass of the wheels. The benefit of reducing the mass of the wheel is that less energy is consequently required in turning them.

Once the car is built, you can spike it using paint, lubrication, custom parts and other similar supplies to make it a viable competitor for the Pinewood Derby.