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Today's showcase cars are examples of scaling from model cars.

Venom - Steven & Noah Hunnicutt

Noah developed this design based on a Hot Wheels "Venom" car. The
tricky part was drilling holes sideways and vertically, and carving
out the shape with a Dremel tool. Two sets of tapered weights are
screwed to the bottom. At the race, Noah won a trophy for "Most

Formula One - Lawrence Eaton

In November of 2007, Toyota (New York Region) started what (hopefully)
will be an annual pinewood derby for the service technicians of all the
Toyota dealerships in the region. The region is broken into districts, with
the dealerships of each district competing, and those winners then
compete against the other district winners at the Regional finals to be
held in New Jersey. My district had its race last night (eight dealerships,
thirty-one entries). Using parts, tools, and information from your web
site, my Formula One car was not only the Best in Show, but also the
district winner.

'69 Mustang - Lyle D. Leis

I thought you might be interested in a pinewood derby car I recently built
based upon a ’69 Mustang Hot Wheels car.

My son’s Cub Scout pack recently sought donations to purchase a new
pinewood derby track. To show the pack’s appreciation, I was asked to
build a pinewood derby pace car that would show the track sponsor
names, and be used to commemorate the opening of each year’s race.

I chose the ’69 Mustang because of its classic appeal and its easily
recognizable features. I limited myself to the wheelbase, overall size
and weight of a standard BSA pinewood derby car, since I wanted to
show the scouts what was possible within the confines of the rules.

The hollow car body was glued up from 0.25 inch thick pine based upon
the profile drawing I designed. It was shaped, sanded, primed, and
painted with sapphire blue metallic enamel followed by high gloss clear
coat. Since the rules required the use of only unaltered official BSA
wheels, the large wheels and low profile tires had to be simulated with

Unlike most pinewood derby cars, the chassis and running gear was
made as a separate unit and the hollow body was attached to the
chassis. This allowed the body proportions to be more realistic. The
small block under the body is a hollow compartment that holds lead
shot, allowing for slight adjustments in weight to meet the weight limit.

The windows and sponsor names were created using a Testors custom
decal kit available at hobby stores.

As you can see, I could not completely capture the original, but the car
is clearly a ’69 Mustang. The second photo shows the body separate
from the chassis. Many people can't appreciate the time and effort that
went into this wooden car, but I think that your readers might have a
pretty good idea.

The Pace Car was a big hit at the race and it was very rewarding to see
the admiration of the Cub Scouts and parents. We hope to send photos
to the sponsors showing their logo along with a note of thanks signed by
the Cub Scouts in the Pack.

Read More at: Pinewood Derby Times Volume 7, Issue 11

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