Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASE
Fireball - Ed Mujica
I got the idea for this car from the cartoon "Wacky Racers." Peter Perfect drives the Turbo Terrific and it looks a little like the car I built. I didn't race the car this year, but it still was pretty fast. I wanted to let you know that you're a good teacher! We put these dry transfer decals on the car and it turned out great. We like these much more than stickers. My son was very pleased with the way the car turned out.
Cub Cadet Lawnmower - Mike Webb
This lawnmower derby car was built for a CaseIH dealer who I used to work for. It was used in a business race that is held during the cub scout derby. The hood and mower deck are made of balsa wood. The steering wheel is actually a BSA wheel that I cut the tread off and used an axle to hold it. The seat is a small piece of scrap pine from the car, as are the fenders. The hood has a small hinge on the front of it from the hardware store and the motor was from a derby accessory kit that I had. The logos were made from ink jet decals. It weighs exactly 5 ounces. The mower actually took 2nd place in the races and was very popular because of the unusual design.
1960 Indy Car - Doug Henthorn
This was the last car my son Cole built for his pinewood derby. It is modeled after the 1960's Indy cars. Brass screen was used for the grille, and a stainless steel rod was used for the roll bar. The car placed first in the Webelos and was the fastest car overall. It also won "Best of Show" for the pack.