Driving a car has always brought with it a sense of freedom and adventure, and nowhere is this feeling experienced more than on a race track. Unfortunately, races have their risks, and drivers must have a certain age before they can start training to compete. Children can play with toy cars, but until 1953, there was no car racing environment that was child-friendly. Today, children around the world can experience the excitement of racing in a Fastest Pinewood Derby Car Templates.
What is a Pinewood Derby?
The Pinewood Derby is a race, usually organized by a troop of Cub Scouts, in which members compete in their homemade pine racing cars. Cars can be as luxurious or as simple as desired and strict weight restrictions mean that children need to wisely distribute the weight allowed to help make the car faster. Each pine car is propelled by gravity by a steep wooden race track, running two or three more at a time.
Rules for Racing:
Each troop of Cub Scouts will have their own set of rules for Pinewood Derbies, but there are some constants that appear in all races. The pine wood cart, for example, can’t weigh more than five ounces. It can’t be more than seven inches long and two and three quarters of an inch wide. In the same way, pre-built cars are not allowed, since it cancels the purpose of each scout who creates his own.
Building a Pinewood Derby Car:
The basic components of a Pinewood Derby car have not changed since the 1950s. A block of pine wood, four wheels and four nails make up the starter kit, and many cars are made only with these items. You can add coins, melted lead and other metal weights to the car, as long as the car does not exceed the weight limit. The trick to building a car with a good chance of winning is to make the car as heavy as possible and make sure that the axles of the wheels are straight, which will help reduce swings and bumps.
The construction of a Pinewood car begins with the shaping of the car body. The aerodynamic cars may have a better chance of winning the race, but awards are also awarded for aesthetics. If a child already has his eye on a “dream car” for when he starts driving, why not make a small model of that car for the race? Parents are encouraged to help their children with the construction and decoration of the car, but it must be the child’s creation.
Use appropriate safety equipment, such as goggles or a dust mask, when working with wood to prevent sawdust from irritating the eyes or lungs. Inserting the wheels is quite simple, but be sure to check if there are small metal bits or “burrs” on the back of the shaft. These burrs can be left behind in the manufacturing process and can also cause the wheels to catch, which will reduce the speed of the car. Once the car is completed, the tests can be a good way to solve any last-minute problems before the day of the race.
What to Do on Race Day:
Each pine wood car must be inspected and approved by a committee before it can compete, so before leaving for the race, verify that the car meets all the requirements. Once the car has been delivered for inspection, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the races. The officials will take the various cars to the track and place them in position, and record the victories and losses.
During the part of the race, it is important to remember to encourage the scouts to show good sportsmanship. Encouraging friends’ cars can mean a more fun day for everyone involved and more celebration if one of the cars wins. The end of the day of the race will conclude with the distribution of medals or trophies for the categories of speed and style. Winners of the speed category are welcome to participate in the Pinewood Derby World Championship, and from there, the adventure can only continue!