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Pinewood Derby Car speed tips and products to help you win the race. It's as easy as ABC!

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Pinewood Derby Tips

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Tip #4

Most Pinewood Derby cars will fishtail to some degree as they roll down the track. Fishtailing slows the car down by increasing friction when the wheels touch the center guide rail. You can reduce fishtailing by sanding the front of the car so that the wheels on the front are slightly closer together. Then as the car goes down the track, only the front wheels will touch the center guide rail.

Tip #9

Some cars roll faster backwards than they do forwards. If you can, test your car before the race to see which way is faster.

Tip #18

If you know that you are going to be up against some very fast pinewood cars, focus on one of the workmanship or design prizes. Building a good looking car with a creative design can be more fun than making a fast car.

Tip #32

Some Pinewood Derby wheels are faster than others. Buy several sets of wheels and spin each wheel on a polished axle. Use the wheels that spin the longest. Don't use any wheels that wobble.

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Design and Build Your Pinewood Derby Car

Everything You Need To Help you build your car

Build a Pinewood Derby Car
"How To" Books
Easy to Build Car designs
Car Parts
Easy step-by-step instructions covering building tips and all the latest speed tricks and secrets. All of our designs use only straight cuts so they are easy to make! Includes easy instructions with templates. Your car will go straighter and faster. Available with axle holes or slots. Create a variety
of shapes with our plastic parts.
Pre-Cut Cars Pinewood Derby Car Kits Completed Pinewood Derby Cars
Pre-Cut Cars
Car Kits
Painted Cars      - Completed Cars
Get a head start in building your Pinewood Derby car. We
do the hard part for you.
Everything you need
to build these awesome pinewood cars including paint.
Short on time? Just add wheels to our painted cars. Our completed cars are ready to race.
Animal Cars
Animal Cars
Stand out from the crowd - make an animal car. Legal in all races.

Make Your Pinewood Car Look Great

Decals, Accessories and Paint - Your car will stand out from the crowd.

Paint Body Skins Racing Stripes
Body Skins
Racing Stripes
Water based paints that give great results and easy clean-up. Completely covers your pinewood car. Paint is not needed. Includes black skin for windows.
Make your car look fast even when it is standing still! Easy to apply.
Decals Wheel Decals Car Accessories
Car Decals
Wheel Decals
Car Accessories
Stand out from the crowd with these exciting decals. Give your wheels a unique look with these decals. Easy to apply - just stick on the outside of the wheel. Roll bars, spoilers, hood scoops, engines police light bars, eyes and much more.

Make Your Pinewood Derby Car Fast

Speed Supplies - Products that can make your car dramatically faster!

Speed Secrets Book Winning Secrets Video Pinewood Derby Wheels Pinewood derby axles Lubricants
"How To" Books
Speed Wheels
Speed Axles
All the latest building tips and speed secrets. Watch this and give your car a BIG speed boost. Each of our wheels has our speed rating. Pick the fastest wheel that is allowed in your race. We have a variety of speed axles. Try our new graphite coated axles! The best dry and liquid lubricants available.
Graphite Pads Pinewood Derby Car Sandpaper Kit Axle Polish Weights Speed Tools
Graphite Pads
Axle Polishing Kit
Axle Polish
Speed Tools
Reduces friction between the wheels and the car body. Prepare your axles the right way with our axle polishing kit. Our two-step secret formula is easy to use and gives excellent results. Variety of weights to bring your car up to the 5 oz. limit. Use these tools to fine tune your car and give it the winning advantage!


Products for Before and After the Pinewood Derby Race!

Pinewood Derby Car Display Stand Practice Track for the Pinewood Derby Carrying Case Derby Dome
Display Stand
Practice Track
Mobile Garage Kit
Derby Dome
A great place for your car after the race. Use our track to test your car before the race or hold your own races. Timer also available. Safely carry your car to the race in style. Protect your car in a clear plastic dome.
Car Tune Up Kit Car Inspection Gauge Digital Scale
Car Tune Up Kit
Race Management
Digital Scale
Everything you need to bring your car up to the 5 oz maximum weight. Includes car scale, weights, stickers and speed book. Car inspection, race staging
and more.
Accurately weigh your car.


Pinewood Derby Movie and Game

Down and Derby Movie Pinewood Racer Board Game
Down and Derby
Pinewood Racer Board Game
A hilarious movie about a Pinewood Derby competition that the dad's take too seriously. This board game requires skill to make it to the
finish line first. Fun for the whole family.

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Details about our products

Products for Before and After the Race!


We have both paper and download Pinewood Derby books. The paper book is ideal for beginners and the download book is focused on advanced techniques.

Car Kits

Our easy to build Pinewood Derby Car Kits include everything you need to build a fast, unique, good looking car.


We have many specialized Pinewood Derby Tools that will make it easier for you to build a car. You also want a fast car. Our Pinewood Derby Axle Polishing Kit is one of the most important procedures that you can do to improve the speed of your car.

Our Pinewood Derby Axle Installer makes it easy to insert the axles in your car the right way.


It is important to test your car before the race to make sure that it doesn't wobble or become unstable at high speeds. Our Pinewood Derby Track is the most affordable track available and is also great at birthday parties and other family events.

Use our check list if you need to Run a Pinewood Race. We've listed common Pinewood Derby Rules here.


Watch the video of our rocket powered Pinewood Derby Car.


Basic tips to get you started

Detailed instructions on how to use many of our products.

Browse through our "How To" area to find useful tips
Often you will find that one of the front wheels is raised slightly after you've built your car. A raised wheel will actually make your car go faster but some rules don't allow raised wheels. Here's How to fix a raised wheel on a pinewood derby car. If your rules allow raised wheels, here is how to raise a front wheel to make your car faster.

Lubrication is often neglected. Our pinewood derby car graphite is a special formula using the highest quality graphite available.

For beginners, here is how to Use a Coping Saw and how to Use a Rasp. And here are some tips on how to paint your pinewood car.

Our instructions on how to build a fast Pinewood Derby Car will give you some ideas on how to make your car faster.

As a finishing touch, read How to Paint Chrome Spokes on pinewood derby wheels. It's easy to do and makes your car stand out from the crowd.

Advanced racers can read our pinewood derby rail riding speed tip. This new technique can give your car that winning edge.

We have a variety of pinewood derby wheels and pinewood derby axles that have been cleaned up and polished for maximum speed.

You want your car to weigh right at the 5 oz limit for the fastest speed. Our weights for pinewood derby cars come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

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