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Published on 16 Apr 2014 | over 2 years ago

7 simple steps that ACTUALLY MATTER to building a winning pinewood derby car. I built a car in 45 minutes using these steps and crushed all the competition by more than 2 car lengths (proof is in the video :) Special thanks to Steve at DerbyMonkey.com for providing his expertise and materials for the video.

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HERE'S HOW I MADE THE ROCKET CAR: youtu.be/vlBxPjxacsk

7 Key Steps:
1. Max weight ~1" in front of rear axle
2. Reasonably aerodynamic
3. Ride on 3 wheels
4. Lightweight wheels
5. Bent polished axles
6. Railride/alignment
7. Lots o' graphite


***HELPFUL LINKS***

Dr. Acton's video: pinewoodphysics.com/index.html

Pre-polished, bent axles to purchase: www.derbymonkeygarage.com/pre-bent-pinewood-derby-axles-p/1404.htm

Also on derbydust.com which is where the photo came from

Lightweight wheel options to purchase: www.derbymonkeygarage.com/wheels/

More details on polishing the axles: youtu.be/wdd-ZFbemIU

Axle bender tool: youtu.be/ZpNRt0F1YXQ

More details on Rail Rider alignment: youtu.be/9H96uufnygk


Materials used in the video provided by www.derbymonkeygarage.com . It's also the only place I could find the pre-polished bent polished axles. Link provided above.



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