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To the Rescue - Chris & Kaycie Tufaro

This is the car my daughter, Kaycie (age 10), and I built for her 2008 Powder Puff Derby. It is a basic wedge design with a few special add-ons. In front is what is left of a car after a large "boulder" had fallen on it. Behind are emergency vehicles coming "to the rescue". The "Falling Rocks" sign was another creative touch. Although she did not win a ribbon for any of the "best of themes" (most colorful, favorite food, sporty, girl scout values, etc.) the car ran fast and we had a blast making it.

Two-wheeler - Bob Weaver

After seeing my two-wheeled car, Bob dropped by Maximum Velocity to show me his version. Modeled after a car that was entered at his pack's race many years ago, it runs on the right-front, and left-rear wheels; the other wheels are off the ground. Unlike my car which is center-weighted, Bob's car is rear weighted (balance point at 1-3/4 inch in front of the rear axle) by offsetting an underbody lead plate to the left. It is possible that this design could be made faster by using tungsten plates and shifting them further back. Nevertheless, the car is very fast; it has taken first in several races.

From Pinewood Derby Times Volume 8, Issue 5

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