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Funny Car & Streamliner - Rick Voegelin

These two cars were my entries in the Hell's Belles Car Club Charity
Pinewood Derby. The Belles is an all-female car club in San Francisco,
and this year's annual derby raised more than $1,500 to benefit the
Bay Area Women's and Children's Center.

At age 60, I decided to race in my first Pinewood Derby. The Belles
sell the basic car kits to raise money, and require that entrants use
the supplied wood blocks, wheels, and nails. I thought I would put
together my cars on a Saturday afternoon, but it quickly turned into a
week-long project.

I built a Funny Car inspired by "Jungle Jim" Liberman, the Bay Area's
legendary Funny Car driver; and I built a Streamliner inspired by
equal parts Mercedes W196 and Don Garlits' dragster. I used a full
complement of Maximum Velocity parts and information. The bodies were
painted with Tamiya lacquer and clear coated with Duplicolor. A
plastic model kit donated a supercharger and injector for the Funny

The Funny Car was the overall winner, and the Streamliner was awarded
Best in Show. The Streamliner was a little quicker, but when my cars
raced each other in the semi-final round, the Streamline scrubbed off
just a bit of speed on the bumps.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable project, to turn a block of wood into a
race car, and I'm already planning my entries for next year's Hell's
Belles Pinewood Derby race.

Vaccinator - Stephen Davis

This is the prototype of our Vaccinator kit, which was designed by my
son, Stephen, and raced in the Outlaw division in our local race held
in April of this year. The car ran on X-Lite Needle Axle Outlaw
Wheels (white version that were dyed yellow - white wheels are a
special order item). The tungsten canopy was painted black, and yellow
pinstriping was used for the accent stripe.

Thanks in part to the X-Lite Needle Axle Outlaw Wheels, the
Vaccinator easily won every heat to take first place.

Read More at: Pinewood Derby Times Volume 10, Issue 6

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