Pinewood Car Building Rules, Opportunities and Resources

April 26, 2017

Pinewood Derby Rules

All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:

  1. Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.

  2. Length shall not exceed 7 inches.

  3. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.

  4. Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit. Additional wheels can be purchased separately.

  5. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.

  6. No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.

  7. The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.

  8. The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices. 9.  No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.

April 26, 2017

Science Behind Making a Fast Pinewood Car

You wouldn't think that a four-wheeled car would go faster if one of its wheels didn't touch the ground. Or if its axles were bent. Or if it was designed to grind against a wall. But you'd be wrong, and here's the science to prove it

April 26, 2017

Dremel Derby with Lowes and Dremel

Plan Your Dremel Pinewood Derby® Days Demo at Lowe’s

The 2017 Dremel Pinewood Derby® Days Program, brought to you through Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores, aims to provide you, the Pinewood Derby® enthusiast, with a source for all of the materials and know-how you need to create a winning Pinewood Derby® car you can be proud of – regardless of your skill level.

Starting in early-January and running through mid-February, your local Lowe’s store will be hosting Pinewood Derby® car clinics to share their tips and tricks for making the fastest cars on race day.

Everyone who attends an event will be given a:

  •  How-to demonstration

  •  Step-by-step instructions for building your car at home

  •  Pinewood Derby® Days patch

Please see the calendar for dates and times of the clinics & give your store a call prior to attending an event to verify one is taking place.

Dremel and Lowe’s are committed to making your Pinewood Derby® race day a success! If you need any help with Dremel products during your derby construction project, don’t hesitate to give the

Dremel Experts a call (1-800-4-Dremel)

– in fact, you can consider them your Pinewood Derby® “pit crew!”

April 26, 2017

Hance Hardware Hopkins

Pete from Hance Hardware in Hopkins has Pinewood supplies and a test track. They offer workshop from January-March.  

April 26, 2017

PWR Racing

PWR Racing hosts car building workshops and tuning workshops.

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