Product Spotlight: Pre Canted and Polished Axles

Derby Monkey 1 - General Pinewood Derby Tips, 4 - Pinewood Derby Axles

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 …

Specialty Pinewood Derby Tools That Make a Difference

Derby Monkey 1 - General Pinewood Derby Tips, 2 - Pinewood Derby Designs, How To Videos, Tool Instructions

Just as successfully competing in any trade or vocation requires access to the proper tools of that trade, successfully building and racing a Pinewood Derby entry has specific tool needs of its own. Many of the tools featured here in the Derby Monkey Specialty Tools section have no other purpose than in building and tuning a Pinewood Derby car, and …

Grooved Pinewood Derby Axles Friction Myth

Derby Monkey 4 - Pinewood Derby Axles

Grooved Pinewood Derby Axles Friction Myth Most will agree that the number one enemy to having a fast Pinewood Derby car is friction. Friction is a force that acts to stop the movement of two touching things… and when a Pinewood Derby car races down the track there are a lot of things touching each other.  This touching is from …

Top 5 Pinewood Derby Fails & How to Avoid Them

Derby Monkey 1 - General Pinewood Derby Tips, 4 - Pinewood Derby Axles, 5 - Pinewood Derby Lubrication, 6 - Pinewood Derby Weight

Anyone who’s ever competed in a Pinewood Derby race knows the fun and excitement that comes from building and tuning up what they hope will be a winning racer and then finding out if all the effort put into the project actually pays off. While winning isn’t everything, it certainly beats losing! It’s our hope that each derby racer builds …

Pinewood Derby Kits & Accessories for Girls

Derby Monkey 2 - Pinewood Derby Designs

Anyone who’s been in the Boy or Cub Scouts has likely become familiar with the annual running of the Pinewood Derby. An entire Pinewood Derby culture has grown up around this popular race between Scouts who have each built their own miniature cars from blocks of pinewood, often with the help of an involved parent. These days, you can also …