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Pinewood car derby blocks with precision drilled axle holes. It's as easy as ABC! 

Example of pinewood car
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Tip #1

Weights should be added to the back of the car for the most speed so keep this in mind when designing your car's shape.

Tip #6

Design your pinewood derby car so that the axle groove closest to the end of the car block is the rear axle. This will make your car more stable when you add weights to the back.

Tip #10

The front of your pinewood car should be at least 1/2" wide to make sure that it rests against the starting pin correctly and will trip the timing trigger at the end of the track.

Tip #57

If your rules allow it, extend the wheelbase of your car. This will make your car more stable and allow you to put more of the weights in the rear of the car. Move the wheelbase so that the wheel edge is even with the end of the block. (Don't go further or your car will exceed the 7" maximum length.)

Precision Cut Pinewood Car Derby Blocks

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The car blocks on this page can be ordered with standard axle slots or axle holes. We also offer standard wheel spacing and extended wheel spacing.

Which block should I use?

Axle Slots

Many race rules require that the standard axle slots be used. Our blocks with axle slots are legal in all races and they offer significant advantages over the block that came in your kit:

  • Precision cut slots - your car will run straighter, greatly reducing the need to make adjustments to the axles.
  • Available as an extended wheelbase (when rules permit).
Axle Holes

It is a lot easier to insert the axle properly in a hole than in a groove. If the axle is inserted at an angle then the car won't run straight down the track causing your car to slow down. Our block with axle holes offer the following benefits:

  • Precision drilled holes so your car will run straight and fast every time.
  • No need to spend hours aligning your wheels. Just insert the axles in our block and you are ready to go.
  • Level axles allow the wheel to "float" between the block and the axle head for the fastest possible speed.
  • Block is easy to cut and shape. Our blocks are made from a soft pine. It is very easy to work with compared to other pines.
  • Axles won't drift out of alignment like they can in grooved blocks.
  • No shims or other adjustments needed.
  • Raised wheel (optional) for a 25% friction reduction.

We offer blocks with four different configurations:

  • Standard axle spacing
  • Standard spacing with one raised wheel
  • Extended spacing
  • Extended spacing with one raised wheel

Raised Wheel Advantage
The advantage of one raised wheel is that there is less friction with only three wheels touching the ground. The raised wheel is on the front left side of the car and is raised 1/16" - just enough to lift it off of the track. The car is still very stable with this configuration but you can increase the stability by placing the weights as far to the rear of the car as possible and slightly to the right of center.

Extended Wheel Spacing Advantage
The axles on our extended blocks are placed as close to the edge of the block as possible without exceeding the seven inch maximum car length rule.  An extended wheelbase makes the car more stable and allows placement of the weights farther toward the rear of the car giving the car more speed.

*** NEW ***

Our Wedge and Racer pinewood car derby blocks are now available with the weights pre-installed. The cars will weigh between 4.7 and 5 oz when finished depending on the paint and accessories added. We recommend that you use our Stick-On Weights or Tungsten Weights to fine tune your car's weight to 5 oz.

Blocks

These blocks are the official BSA dimension 1" high, 1 3/4" wide and 7" long.
Wheels are not included with these blocks
pinewood car derby block
Standard wheel spacing

Axle Holes

$3.95 blocks

Axle Holes -
raised wheel

$3.95 blocks

Axle Slots

$2.45 blocks
Extended Wheel Pinewood Derby Car Block
Extended wheel spacing

Axle Holes

$4.95 blocks

Axle Holes -
raised wheel

$4.95 blocks

Axle Slots

$2.95 blocks

Wedges

2.0 - 2.6 oz not including wheels and axles
Same as our Blocks except they have been cut into a low wedge shape.
The back is 1" high and the front is 3/8" high.
(wheels not included)
Wedge pinewood derby block
Standard wheel spacing

Axle Holes

$5.95 blocks  
$13.95 weighted

Axle Holes -
raised wheel

$5.95 blocks  
$13.95 weighted

Axle Slots

$3.95 blocks  
$12.95 weighted
Extended wheel spacing wedge pinewood derby block
Extended wheel spacing

Axle Holes

$5.95 blocks  
$13.95 weighted

Axle Holes -
raised wheel

$5.95 blocks  
$13.95 weighted

Axle Slots

$3.95 blocks  
$12.95 weighted

Racer

2.0 - 2.6 oz not including wheels and axles
Same as our Blocks except they have been cut into a low sport car shape.
This block is 1" high.
(wheels not included)
Racer Pinewood Derby Car Block
Standard wheel spacing

Axle Holes

$6.95 blocks  
$14.95 weighted

Axle Holes -
raised wheel

$6.95 blocks  
$14.95 weighted

Axle Slots

$6.95 blocks  
$12.95 weighted
Extended wheel spacing car block
Extended wheel spacing

Axle Holes

$6.95 blocks  
$14.95 weighted

Axle Holes -
raised wheel

$6.95 blocks  
$14.95 weighted

Axle Slots

$4.95 blocks  
$12.95 weighted

Which block should I use?
It depends on your rules.  Our fastest block is the Extended with one raised wheel. To use this block, your rules can't prohibit raising one wheel and should allow non-standard wheel spacing.

If your rules require that all four wheels touch the ground or that the wheel spacing not be changed then use the block configuration that satisfies your rules.  Remember - even our standard block offers significant advantages over the official block.

Car Fenders

Glue onto the sides of your Pinewood Derby car
These fenders are within the maximum car width requirements for Pinewood Derby rules.
Car Fenders

Full Fenders

These fenders are glued to the side of your car block before you shape your car.

Not recommended for use on pre-cut cars.

 

Details about the
Full Fenders

 

full fender sets
Rear fenders for pinewood derby cars

Rear Fenders

Pre-shaped rear fenders for wedge shape cars and other pinewood cars with high sides.

Can be used with our , Wedge and Racer car blocks.

 

Details about the Rear Fenders

 

rear fender sets
Plastic Fenders

Plastic Fenders

Example of plastic fenders on a pinewood derby car.
Set of 2 fenders

Up to 3 sets can be used on a car.

Details about our Plastic Fenders

plastic fender sets

Accessories

 

Axle Installer

Axle Installer

This simple tool makes inserting the axles in your pinewood car a whole lot easier. It makes sure that the axles are horizontal and that the wheel-to-body gap is correct. For BSA, PineCar, and other kits which use 4 independent axles mounted in slots.

 

Details on the Axle Installer

 

Axle Installers

Car Building Supplies

Pinewood Derby Car Accessories

Sandpaper

Three 4" X 5" sheets

Ideal for sanding your
Pinewood Derby car.
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Body Putty for Pinewood Derby Cars

Body Putty

Includes spatula
Ideal for:
  • Filling scratches, cuts, gaps and rasp marks.
  • Adding fins, spoilers, bumps and other features to your car.
  • An all-over smooth finish.
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Super Glue

Super Glue

Bonds to almost anything. Sets in seconds.
Ideal for attaching accessories, parts and weights to your car.
each
Pinewood Derby Glue

Glue

Dries clear
Ideal for:
  • Attaching axles to your car.
  • Repairing chips and cracks on your car.

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To place your order:
1. Enter the quantity you would like to order next to each of the above items.
2. Click the "Add to Cart" button below.

Wheels and axles are not included with the blocks sold on this page

Customer Photos

Pinewood derby winner with trophy

This is the second year in a row we have done great.  My 12 yr old daughter won 4th in the adult devision and my son got 2nd in his pack.  The pre cut and drilled blocks made my job so easy .  thanks again and you can expect more purchases from my family in the future.... John S.

Racer Pinewood Derby Car

Joe's extended wheelbase Racer pinewood car smoked all others in pre-race practice and its time of 2.918 was second-fastest among all pinewood cars in all age groups(about 40 cars). The fastest was 2.915.

Pinewood Derby Winner

This could be you!

Jonah used our Extended Wheelbase Block with raised wheel, our lathed and matched wheels and Pro-axle press tool to make a winning car.

Here is what his dad said:
" It was a great day at the derby. Jonah's car won 1 st place in his Den, first place in the Pack and I couldn't believe it but he also won for  Best looking car! It sure beats finishing 7 th like we did last year. "

Pinewood derby winner with trophy

We purchased the wedge design from you guys and my son won 1st place last night!! He placed 1st in 12 out of 12 heats!! Griffin loves Godzilla, and that was our inspiration for "Zilla Racer". We just joined the cub scouts this year and this was his first time he ran in the pinewood derby. I'm afraid we set the bar really high, but thank you for your help. Your website was extremely helpful & educational. Thanks again...Timothy F

Racer Pinewood Derby Car

Joe's extended wheelbase Racer pinewood car smoked all others in pre-race practice and its time of 2.918 was second-fastest among all pinewood cars in all age groups(about 40 cars). The fastest was 2.915.

 

  Pinewood car derby

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We came in first!  From dead last last year to first place this year.  Next week at the den meeting I'm supposed to tell them how I did it.
Hmmm....Tom M
My Son got 1st place out of 450 pinewood cars.... He won every pinewood car race....we used your extended wheelbase block with the raised wheel and the grooved graphite coated axles.....thanks for the magic and speed....Steven R.
The car that I built took second place, out of 40 cars tonight in the local race, just missed first place by 6 hundreths of a second. It will now move on to race in next months district race. Thanks for providing quality pinewood derby racing supplies...Jim P (Jim used our Racer block and our graphite coated wheels and axles)
We used your block, wheels and axles last year and came in first place. This year we didn't use your products and came in 7th. You can bet that we will be placing an order next year....S. Conner
Thank you and we wanted to tell you we won the Pack derby with our car. ....Mary W.
Just a brief note....of thanks. Our Girl Scout Troop would like to thank the people at abc pinewood derby for their assistance in getting their pre-cut cars, axels & wheels. Our first annual POWDER PUFF DERBY held on Saturday together with the Cub Scouts, was a tremendous success!! All the girls got a kick sanding, painting, decorating, hammering, adding weights and watching their finished "work of arts" race down the track!! Thank you for a great price to make this happen!! YIS (yours in scouting) ....Tiffany B & Chris H
Outstanding products and service! Aaron took 2nd place in our pack by beating every car but one. At district this first place car was disqualified. It is the dads and not the kids that bend the rules so we did not press it. So in other words, we technically had 1st place. Thanks again!
...Gary D