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Silver Streak - David Smith

My grandson and I built this car for this year's Cub Scout race. He
won 1st place in his den and 1st overall in the pack. There is nothing
very different from the standard wedge shape, except for the fact that
careful planning and tweaking every detail pays off. I got the design
idea from your site. The size and weight was the standard BSA specs.
The paint was Rust-oleum silver and the navy blue and red stripes are
cut from sheets of stick-on sign vinyl. This was our first year to win
1st place overall! Thank you for tips and supplies from your site.

Outlaw Cars - Elaine Morita

All our pinewood derby efforts culminated at the Oahu Makahiki
Pinewood Derby this last Saturday. I made a Raptor kit for the Outlaw
race. Joshua decided he wanted to be in the Outlaw race as well, so
he made an extended Predator. It worked out great and he still was
able to throw in some style.

Race results? Well there are 2 families (Nakano & Oshiro) who usually
have the fastest speeds in the regular Cub races as well as the Outlaw
race, so for our first Outlaw race, we are happy to have placed 4th &
5th out of 19 participants. We've always tried to find a winning
combination of speed and "cool" designs. After all when the race is
over, the cars (and memories) will be kept for a long time!

Thank you for your help and advice. The newsletters on your site have
been helpful too. Also, I must thank you for your reliably quick
shipping or Joshua would not have had time to make his entry. We were
scrambling to get his done in a week!

Fishbone - Ralph & Keirsten Sharpe

This is the car I built this year with my granddaughter for her
powder puff derby in Girl Scouts. We call it Fishbone. It is only 1/4
inch thick (less after sanding), weighs in at 5.0 with a balance point
of 3/4 inch and is setup for rail riding. It has 3.9 ounces of
tungsten cubes hidden inside. We used ultralight wheels and grooved
axles. It was very fast. Nobody even came close to us. Our best time
was 2.516 seconds on a 35 foot aluminum track. This is only our second
car and she won grand champion again, two years in a row, using mostly
your tips, your tools and your parts. We will be a customer for many
more years as I have a new grandson who will be in the scouts too.
Thanks for all the help.

Read More at: Pinewood Derby Times Volume 10, Issue 2

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