derby car

There are not many kids (or adults) who don’t know what the Pinewood Derby is, but if it wasn’t a part of your childhood, here is your chance to build your own pinewood derby track and car right at home. This project is great because it is a wonderful introduction to woodworking, basic physics, and teaches kids to take a project from conception to completion.

This Howtoon covers all you need to know to build your own starter, track, ladder support, and a basic car. All you need is some wood and a few extra supplies and you’ll be on your way to having your own race! What is really great about this project is all the options it leaves open for you. Once you have your what you need to make your car, only your imagination is the limit of what modifications you can make to it.

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Give your car flames and racing stripes, or a fancy spoiler that sticks up off the back. Have some fun and experiment to see what designs will get you across the finish line first!

Pinewood Derby Car Rules*

  • Width shall not exceed 2¾”.
  • Length shall not exceed 7”.
  • Weight shall not exceed 5oz.
  • Cars must be shaped from the original block of wood.

*These may not match up with national standards. Verify these rules before getting started on your car.