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Race Officials

Pinewood Founder podcast

December 18th, 2009 · 1 Comment

The Just My Show podcast has an interview with Donn Murphy, son of the creator of the Pinewood Derby and a participant in the very first Derby. In 1953, Don Murphy made Cub Scout history when he founded the Pinewood Derby. Over 50 years later, his son Donn is here talk about the race you grew […]

Why modifications are needed (Rules, Part 3)

November 30th, 2006 · 6 Comments

Other leaders and race organizers often ask me why a boy would need to modify the parts that come with their kit. Other than to gain an unfair advantage, why would someone lathe their wheels, change the axle slot location, or buy replacement axles? Wouldn’t it be best if everyone were using the exact same […]

Rule complexity (Rules, Part 2)

November 28th, 2006 · 1 Comment

I’ve seen race rules that are 3 pages long and set in small type. They cover wheel location, building materials, lubrication, sportsmanship, and even list allowable construction methods. This is madness. All this complexity is going to lead to mistakes, arguments, and more problems than you would believe. When creating complicated rule sets, people tend to create […]

Pinewood Derby Rules, Part 1

November 26th, 2006 · 5 Comments

Are you putting together a Pinewood Derby race? Charged with assembling a set of rules? You might be wanting to create a bunch of rules designed to ensure with absolute certainty that the kids will build the cars, not the dads. You want to prohibit springs, shaped wheels, changing axle locations, and exotic lubricants. You […]