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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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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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 This Web Site has over 400 products to help you to:

Design and Build Your Pinewood Derby Car

Everything You Need To Help you build your car

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

Make Your Pinewood Car Look Great

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

Paint
Water based paints that give great results and easy clean-up.
Body Skins
Completely covers your Pinewood Derby car. Paint is not needed. Includes black skin for windows.
Racing Stripes
Make your car look fast even when it is standing still! Easy to apply.
Animal Cars
Make an animal car and stand out from the crowd. Legal in all races.
Car Decals
Make your car stand out from the crowd with these exciting decals.
Wheel Decals
Give your car a unique look with our wheel decals. Easy to apply - just stick on the outside of the wheel
Car Accessories
Car Accessories
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!

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

Extras

Products for Before and After the Pinewood Derby Race!



Pinewood Derby Car Display Stand
Display Stand
A great place for your car after the race.
Paint Handle
The easy way to paint your pinewood derby car. Includes a stand to hold your car while the paint is drying.
Carrying Case
Mobile Garage Kit
Safely carry your car to the race in style.
Derby Dome
Protect your car in a clear plastic dome.
Practice Track
Everything you need to bring your car up to the 5 oz maximum weight. Includes car scale, weights, stickers and speed book.
Race Management
Car inspection, race staging and more.
Digital Scale
Accurately weigh your car.
 

Entertainment

Pinewood Derby Movie and Game

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

Lowes will be holding their annual pinewood derby clinics on Saturdays during January and February. The first clinic will be January 17. Call your local store for dates and times.

Watch the video of our rocket powered Pinewood Derby Car.

 

I want to thank you for your fantastic customer service and your products!  I am a single mother working for the U.S. Army overseas and my son is a first grade cub scout who just experienced his first Pinewood Derby!  Thanks to you....my little boy had a wonderful, first experience.  I had never done this before and am quite the novice and was very anxious.  First...your products arrived in a very timely fashion.  Second...your guidance regarding the axles was right on!  I am very grateful for the purchase we made...it was so worth it.  My little one was so afraid he would lose...and instead he came in 3rd place!  He won over other youth who had participated in the derby for several years.  I am convinced it is due to your products and guidance.   Thank you.  You made his day and mine.

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