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Learn Pinewood Derby from the fastest racers in the WORLD!

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

**This is a first in a series of articles/posts covering how to build a FAST Pinewood Derby Car


Pinewood Derby® has been a staple of, and synonymous with, Cub Scouting for nearly 70 years. While things have certainly changed over time as designs and techniques have improved and cars have become progressively faster, the birth of the national professional adult racing leagues in the early 2000s ushered in a new level of Pinewood Derby® car performance. These leagues, consisting of racers from all over the country with varying backgrounds (engineers, scientists, mechanics, educators, computer programmers, technology enthusiasts, etc.), have raised the bar on what makes a fast Pinewood Derby® car.


There are many publications on how to make Pinewood Derby® cars from a Cub Scout perspective. This book explores how league racers design and construct their cars, along with tips on how to apply these techniques to youth built cars.


These posts illustrate what the fastest Pinewood Derby® racers do to compete. It is not necessary, nor in some cases is it feasible, to follow every step outlined in these posts. Instead, they are a guide to help builders make a faster car by incorporating the techniques they feel they can implement. Builders that use just a few of these methods will build a faster car!

 

A huge thank you to the following Professional League Racers and Pinewood Derby® experts who contributed to these articles:


Dan Inman (DWS Racing)

  • 2023 Overall World Champion

  • 2023 Multiple Class World Champion

  • 2022 Overall World Champion

  • 2022 Multiple Class World Champion

  • 2022 BASX Mini National Champion

  • 2021 Overall World Champion

  • 2021 Multiple Class World Champion

  • 2020 MA Class World Champion

  • 2020 Overall National Champion

  • 2020 Two Class National Champion

  • 2019 Overall World Champion

  • 2017-2019 Seven Class World Championships

  • 200+ First place professional finishes

  • Featured in Popular Science magazine


Brian Crane (HurriCrane Racing)

  • 26x National Class Championships (2015-2022)

  • 2022 Three Class World Champion

  • 2022 Overall National Champion

  • 2021 Overall National Champion

  • 2021 Four Class World Champion

  • 2020 Three Class World Champion

  • 2019 Overall National Champion

  • 2018 Overall World Champion

  • 2018 Two Class World Champion

  • 2017 Overall World Champion

  • 2017 Street Stock Class World Champion

  • 2016 Street Stock Class World Champion

  • 2015 National Street Stock Champion

  • 300+ First place professional finishes

  • 60+ Track records


Mike McGuire (Reece Racing)

  • 2022 BASX Class World Champion

  • 2022 Association of Pinewood Racers (APR) Masters of Gravity Overall Champion

  • 2022 West Coast Grand Prix Two Class Champion

  • 2019 Nationals Box Stock Class Champion

  • 2018 National Pinewood Derby Racing League (NPWDRL) and APR Rookie of the Year

  • 30+ First place professional finishes

  • 15+ Track records


Benji Dean (JBD Racing)

  • 2022 Nationals Three Class Champion

  • 2021 BASX Class World Champion

  • 2019 Two Class World Champion

  • 2017 BASX Class World Champion

  • 2016 Overall World Champion

  • 2014 Overall World Champion

  • 2014 Overall National Champion

  • 35+ First place professional finishes

  • 20+ Track records


Anthony Castoro (Castoro Racing)

  • 2022 Association of Pinewood Racers (APR) Masters of Gravity seven class champion

  • 2021 Association of Pinewood Racers (APR) Masters of Gravity two class champion

  • 2021 Race for Veterans 1000 Champion

  • 2020 BASX Mini Class World Champion

  • 2019 Box Stock Class World Champion

  • 2019 National Pinewood Derby Racing League (NPWDRL) & APR Rookie of the Year


Jay Monk (Mojo Racing)

  • 3x Class World Champion

  • 10x National Pinewood Derby Racing League (NPWDRL) Class Champion

  • 4x Association of Pinewood Racers (APR) Class Champion

  • 70+ First place professional finishes

  • 20+ Track records

 

Articles in this series (click to read):





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