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2007 Corvette Pace Car - Dave Noble

For this 2007 Corvette Pace Car I began with a plastic model and
installed a pinewood frame with ball bearing wheels. Then I used the
original Corvette wheels as hubcaps that do not spin. I can twist the
front wheels which in turn will turn the slightly bent axles to steer
the car straight. It is pretty fast, but I lost one exhaust pipe at
the last race.

Here is a picture of my real pace car. It is the 3rd lowest VIN# and
was delivered to the Indianapolis 500 in 2007.

Home Depot Nascar - Chris & Jared Mahar

To build this Nascar, we added wood onto the sides. This increased
the overall front profile of the car over what it would have been if
we'd used the solid block of wood, so it wasn't aerodynamic at all.
The four cars that beat us in the district race were all sleek low
profile jobs, but we didn't lose by much. Perhaps in this case
aerodynamics would have made a difference.

Because we were copying a Nascar we had to leave the wheelbase more
forward in the car than I would have liked. It was still rear-
weighted, but the center of gravity was about 0.75 inches further
forward than if we had pushed the wheelbase back as far as it will go.

I had to hollow out the block of wood a lot to get weight out of the
front of the car. We used about 2.5 ounces of tungsten in the rear,
and trimmed with lead wire. Since we routed out a lot of wood in the
front, there were big holes in the bottom, so we sheeted over them
with 1/64th plywood.

We used images of the actual Nascar from the Internet. For the body
we used an orange paint, made some of our own stickers, and purchased
the 'sponsor' stickers from a Pinecar rack at our local hobby shop.
Painting involved a lot of masking. Some of the black stripes were
drawn on with a sharpie after masking. Headlights were hand-painted.
Once all the stickers were on, we covered with a clear coat.

Pink VW - Breeley Blaylock

One of my scout's sister, her father and I built this VW for the
pinewood derby. It took us about three hours to cut it out. We made a
few mistakes, but finally got it right. We had to cut out the windows
on each side, and hollow the bottom to reduce the weight to five

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