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Boattail Racer via Chris.

A masterpiece of aesthetic form and function inspired by the slippery lines of early 20th century low-drag coachwork — designs formulated by the science of aerodynamics, yet strikingly gorgeous.

It’s not just a looker though – the Boattail Racer is handmade from materials that time cannot easily erode. The wooden bodywork is sculpted from rugged 13 ply Baltic birch. The muscular stance comes courtesy of the 77.5 millimeter carnelian-core industrial grade wheels, which float effortlessly on precision bearings. Solid stainless steel axles and fasteners ensure faithful service for generations to come.

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They’re coming back, oh yes! So far I have unsuccessfully attempted getting Home Depot / Lowes / ACE, etc to open up their parking lots on weekends and foster the next generation of kids and parents making pinewood derby cars. Solar powered and more – if anyone works for these companies, drop me a line, let’s do this!

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. danbishopdesign says:

    These are really cool. I immediately thought of these cars I designed when I saw this post (the one at the top). We hand make ours in the USA.
    http://www.karaskustomsonline.com/?page_id=8

    Other views can be seen here, in my portfolio.
    http://www.coroflot.com/public/individual_file.asp?individual_id=98313&portfolio_id=2572924&

    I love Make and am a subscriber. Keep up the good work!

  2. craig says:

    Both this wood racer and the aluminum one are beautiful creations. You can see a skilled perfectionist was at work with them. But below the drool in my mouth from the beauty, is the bile from my pinewood derby cub scout days in northern Wisconsin. I won 2nd place in my local troop race. But in Ashland regionals, the Eagle scouts in charge of the races and handling the cars, were crooked and evil. My car came in 72nd! How can that be? Well, the eagle scouts handling the cars would discreetly squeeze the wheel edges inward, taking a chip out of the inner plastic wheel hub. I got my car back with three chipped wobbly wheels. No doubt eagle’s younger brothers needed the competition eliminated. Boo, you northern Wisconsin eagle scouts from the late 70s, BOOOO!

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