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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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Entertainment

Pinewood Derby Movie and Game

Down and Derby Movie Pinewood Racer Board Game
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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
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Just wanted to drop you a line on this year's Pinewood Derby results. My son came in 1st Place in the Webelos II division (12 cars raced). In total 66 Scout cars were raced. My son's car came in 1st place pack-wide! That's on the heels of last year's 1st place in Webelos I and 1st place pack-wide!

The other car I entered (in our Open/Parents Division) came in 1st place as well. When racing the 2 cars together after all official races, it was clear that both cars were the fastest two cars that hit the track that night! Thanks for all your help, and of course, your products. They're 1st place in my book as well.

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