Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASE
Runaway House & Yellow Fireball - Matt & Will Osbourne
These are my son's cars from their recent pack pinewood derby. On the
left is Matt Osbourne's 'Runaway House'. He's a Webelo 1 and this is
the fourth car he's raced. He finished first in rank and had the 8th
fastest time in the pack (50 cars in competition). On the right is
Will Osbourne's 'Yellow Fireball'. He's a Tiger and this is his first
official car. He finished first in rank and had the 6th fastest time
in the pack. He'll be going on to represent his pack at the district
races since he was the fastest Tiger. I've been reading the newsletter
for almost two years and picking up tips. Both racers are three
wheelers with a good rear center of gravity and the boys spent a lot
of time in front of the drill press polishing the axles until they
gleamed. I made a test track this year based upon instructions from a
prior year's newsletter and we had the cars well aligned before test
and tune night.
'Vette - Jay & Jay-Jay Bailey
I recently ordered a DerbyDome for my son Jay-Jay's pinewood derby
race car. He is with the RA's (which is a church run scouting
organization). On March 12, 2005 the RA's held a regional event in
Wilson, North Carolina with over 200 participants from all over the
eastern part of North Carolina. The car that we built together won a
1st Place ribbon for most unique design and a trophy for best in show.
Jay-Jay turned 7 years old that day, and needless to say, he was
elated to win a trophy and a blue ribbon on his birthday! Your
DerbyDome will protect and display his winning car for years to come
and we thank you for offering such a wonderful product.
WoodBadge Beaver's '32 Chevy - David Bivins
(I broke my 'one car' rule for this submission, as the three cars make
a nice set.) This year's car is 5 ounces of pinewood taken from three
car kits and plastic pieces from a 1932 Chevy model. It is driven by a
WoodBadge Beaver. It was a little slow, but looked good getting there!
Last year's "Beaver's Ford Cobra" and 2003's "Beaver on a Sled" are on
display at Birmingham's Scout Shop.