Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity
PINEWOOD DERBY MEMORY
A couple of years ago I purchased a derby kit from a hobby store. It was not
a BSA certified kit. I bought it because the car was already shaped -
nothing but painting and assembly required. Well, the kit came with unified
axels, one for the front, one for the rear. I did not know this was illegal
for our race.
My son did a great job decorating and assembling his car. But when the
weigh-in came, obviously we were disqualified. We were given about an hour
to bring the car into compliance. I brought it home, ripped out the axels
(it was not pretty), cut them in two with a hack saw, and then super-glued
them back in. That was the BIG mistake; the glue got on the wheels and,
well, the car never did make it all the way down the track.
Of course, before the weigh in it was MY SON's car, but after the disaster
he let me know what a lousy job I did on MY CAR!
Well, this year, we're using a BSA approved kit and HE's doing the work on
(His younger brother is still getting too much help from dad.)