Pinewood Derby Stories and Photos from Maximum Velocity
PINEWOOD DERBY CAR SHOWCASE
iPod Jeep - Jeff Jouett
This was my oldest son Jack's final Pinewood Derby and he wanted something different. The result is the red car. It did play, though not loud enough unless you were right next to it.
Darth Vader - Dan Blythe
Attached is our Darth Vader car my seven year old and I created. I have experimented over the years with paint and making my own decals using pictures off of the Internet, magazines, etc. I give them some special backgrounds and highlights on the computer and then print them on adhesive backed label paper.
The boys pick out the theme, help with the painting, and pick from a variety of decals and where they want them placed on the car. I put it all together with them and teach them some speed tricks along the way.
Music on Wheels - Bruce Edney
My eight year old granddaughter inspired me when she asked me to make a "guitar" pinewood derby car. She sketched a concept and I designed the car based on my old Martin Ukulele that I had on my shelf since high school. The car's Ukulele is a one-third scale model using Myrtlewood and Purpleheart. The strings are mono-filament fish leader. The frets and tuning knobs are brass rod. I finished off the design with piano music copied from a music book and glued to the car body. She named the car, appropriately, "Music on Wheels". The car won first place in the "Show" class at WIRL in November 2008.