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Cool Pinewood Derby Car Designs of 2018

It’s Pinewood Derby season again! Check out these pictures of cool Pinewood Derby car designs sent to us by Boys’ Life readers, and then send us a photo of your 2018 Pinewood Derby car.

Pinewood Derby Car Design Photo Gallery

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12 Comments on Cool Pinewood Derby Car Designs of 2018

  1. Professor Pinewood // June 17, 2019 at 10:47 am // Reply

    I have seen the Cub crying, his car the slowest. Been that dad to be sure. I have been starting to hold workshops for the parents in our pack that don’t have the tools or skill sets to build a fast or cool looking car. I recognize that some of the winning cars are not touched by the Cub until race day.
    This year I am going to set one of the cool, fast cars we have built. A car with clearly many hours in the build. I will then smash it with a hammer.
    Folks, this is a block of wood rolling fifty feet, plus or minus.
    There is nothing I can do the my boys cannot. While we do use a drill press and a chop saw from time to time, that is with my extreme supervision. Most builds, even fast ones, do not require these tools. The point is that they do the work from design to build with me and we are building fast cars.
    Remember three things…
    Smooth is fast
    Every surface has a purpose
    and most importantly…

  2. holy cow they have back to the future??

  3. Really creative cars

  4. good job scouts (and parents)

  5. Life Scout parent // March 16, 2018 at 9:52 am // Reply

    In our pack it was always emphasized that the Pinewood Derby was a family activity and the Cub Scouts were not expected to build the car on their own. We even opened up our Boy Scout troop’s wood shop to assist those parents who were not so handy with tools. We always felt it was best when the Scout and the family could share in the pride of their creation.

  6. Parental involvement is important. Need capitalize on this enthusiasm and get these creative car parents to help everyone think outside the block. We always made two cars parent and the scouts and if anyone needed help that was even better.

  7. Too Much Parental Help // March 15, 2018 at 6:59 pm // Reply

    Wow…our young Scouts (and their assistants, aka parents) are more talented than I imagined…seems as if we’ve lost the spirit of Pinewood Derby, though.

  8. Silver Beaver // March 14, 2018 at 8:43 am // Reply

    “It’s not what the boy does to the block of wood but what the block of wood does for the boy.” Been there, done that… seems like too many of these were done for a boy instead of by a boy. FWIW…

  9. Timberscout // March 14, 2018 at 6:36 am // Reply

    Lots of talented dads out there.

  10. LetsBeReal // March 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm // Reply

    My son will participate in his first Pinewood Derby tomorrow. From what I’ve seen in person and on this website, this is really about the parents making cars for the kids. Let’s be real, the parents did most of the work here and the kids *maybe* helped a little. I for one am trying to encourage learning and skill building instead of just showing off and winning.

  11. As always a lot of awesome pinewood derby cars for 2018

  12. These cars be lit

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