Anyone do the Pinewood derbys?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by shaygetz, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    ...or, in my case, the AWANA Grand Prix. Just figured I'd give you guys a peek at my entry for the Adult Division in our church's Grand Prix coming up. I knocked off 2" on the wheel base and, with the exception of the headlights, carved it from a solid block of pine. The final sanding is done and now I'm ready for paint, probably a variation of red. :thumb:

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  2. 77railer

    77railer Member

    Sweet....yes I do the AWANA derby as well. I am an AWANA leader for the T&T Boys. That is some of the best times we have. Trying to figure out how to have one like that with slot cars one night...maybe a 5 lap race and double eliminations. Sweet ride...let me find the one I made my it is...the pencil car. She won first place for speed and creativity,lol.

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  3. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    Bob cool looking car. I've done a couple for guys at work for their kids, but nothing to compare to that one. :thumb:
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks, guys, love that pencil. May suggest a pen to Miss M as she hasn't come up with any ideas yet :thumb:
  5. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    You should paint the car to look like the ZZ Top Eliminator :) :)

    Too Cool either way!! :) :)
  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

    Nice ride Bob.

    I designed and helped my son build a Pine wood derby car.
    As we were on the way to the race I was explaining to him that it's not winning that mattered but the enjoyment of participating. ( trying to soften the blow when the car got beaten)
    My son said that he was going to win anyway.
    And darned if he didn't.
  7. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thankfully, the pressure of trophies was taken off my neck last year when each of my two little boogers brought home one :thumb:

    SSSSSShhhhhhhh, don't mention ZZ Top in a Baptist church :eek:

    The Eliminator coupe was my inspiration BTW :thumb:
  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I'm in charge of the craft program for a local church camp. I also go up for the week of July 4. I used to go as a counselor, but I'm getting too old to keep up with the kids, so now I just go up to help them do wood working and leather craft. The week I go up is a boys week for ages 4th grade through 7th grade, and the pinewood cars are among the most popular crafts we sell. In the first 15 years I'd been in charge of the program, we went through 3 pinewood derby race tracks because there is no place at camp to get them out of the snow. About 5 years ago I was going to need to build yet another race track so I decided to build something weather proof. I built the track out of aluminum sheets with aluminum angle extrusions for bracing and 3/8" square aluminum for lane dividers. The problem was that I had to spec the track by length and size of the shapes I needed, but aluminum is sold by the pound. I had no clue what the cost would be until all of the pieces I ordered came in and were weighed. The price came to $1100.00. Fortunately the money was available in the craft account. but it sure cleaned out the account! Good move though, 5 years later the track is in the same condition it was in when I built it. Eventually, the screws I put it together with will rust out, but then I'll just replace them. Nice looking car. I try to build a car in my spare time up there as well as take cars I've built in the past to show the boys what they can do beyond a block of wood with four wheels and paint. Over the years I built a fenderless MG TD buying an extra wheel to mount on the slab tank as a spare. I built a midget racer complete with quick change rear end. I built a prowler which is on display in the craft shack, and I built my all time favorite rod the "Kniecamp" (spelling?), winner of the first America's Most Beautiful Roadster award in 1950 at the Oakland Roadster Show. It is a channeled 29 Ford roadster with a midget racer grill, the hood blending the grille into the cowl and a full belly pan.
  9. Papa Bear

    Papa Bear Member

    Love the pencil, '77. :cool:

    Bob, I thought it was okay to listen to ZZ Top as long as you didn't dance to it! :D Nice job on the car. How's the Noah's Ark project coming?
  10. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Great job Bob :thumb:

    I haven't thought of Pine Wood Derby cars in a long, long time. Here's a pic of mine from an even longer time ago. Built it entirely by myself when I was 9. Boy was I proud of those plastic trophys. Just after she crossed the finish line to win the final heat she jumped the track and crashed to the floor, breaking both axles. Poor girl was never the same afte that. Thanks for bringing back a fond memory. :)

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  11. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Wow does that hit home.............Cub scouts, 1966, Pinewood derby regionals( i had won the local) test runs and preraces were being done and i was burying all comers.
    One kid got mad that he lost and the next time coming down the track he gave my car an elbow shot sending it flying off the track (it was never the same)
    I did end up taking a 3rd but had already beat the other 2 cars in the pre races before the mishap by alot.

    The only good news was the kid did get disqualified and sent packing! (he didnt even get to watch the races, His father was told he had to leave the premisis )
    No idea what ever happened to that car and I never did a derby again.

    Bob, looks like a modified PT cruiser......way cool!!
    Seems Short from those i remember, Must have had to add alot of lead underneath :)

    Now the Pencil is rather creative, caused a few heads to turn i'll bet :)
  12. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Twas the night before race day...watcha think?

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  13. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    The trailer was an afterthought. It falls within all limits including weight and length.

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  14. Doc Holliday

    Doc Holliday Member

    Way cool Bob :thumb: The trailer is great!

    The paint job needs some flames though.
  15. 77railer

    77railer Member

    Looks good. Ive never seen a trailer before. I like it :)
  16. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Neat Stuff Guys.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  17. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

  18. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

    Thanks guys, it was a good race day at the shaygetz family roost. My car you coulda clocked with a calender but I did score 1st in design in the Adult class. I also copped Dale Sr.'s car for running the pits. :thumb: My beloved got 2nd in the Adult class with her music note car. She hand wrote the entire first stanza, notes and all from the hymn "O, love that will not let me go." :thumb: My son scored first in design in the Cubbies division for his frog. Alas, my mother-in-law's beetle car was an also-ran, easily clocked with a sundial. :) She got Jarret's car as consolation. My daughter's shuttle Discovery was up against the largest and toughest class, Truth in Training. While making it to the semi's, she missed out placing by a few hundreths of a second. I don't know that I'd call a Tony Stewart car a prize, though ;)

    Now it's back to trains til next year... :thumb:

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  19. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Very neat! Ahhhhh, the pine wood derby..take me back to cub scouts in 1968! :) Never saw a car that cool though!
  20. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    Is thirteen your lucky number too Doc? The only time I placed in the finals was with the car that was number thirteen and I made it to the division races that they played in the mall but I say i didnt place there because my number was no longer thirteen :D Oh well I still got 3d place in the Pack.

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