Anyone ever do pinewood derby cars?

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  1. ripskater

    ripskater Steel Belt Banned

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    My 3rd grader is in cub scouts and we made a pine wood derby car.

    I managed to cut out a car without losing any fingers.

    Last night I took him and my 3 year old to practice with it and we had a blast seeing everyone's cars race down the track.

    Did any of you guys ever do this as kids or as a parent now.
     
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    Yeah I did that back when I was a cub scout. I got really close to winning the races but just missed it. I thought I always had 1 of the sharpest looking cars but I didn't win the presentation prizes either. I thought it was a pretty fun activity. That & most of the outdoor activities were probably my favorite part of the cub scouts.
     
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    My friend does it with his son and they never win for speed but they always win for like most creative or best looking car :)


    I think it's awesome!

    Such a fun bonding activity for parents and kids :)
     
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    The annual Pinewood Derby thread.
     
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    because of the internet you can find the perfect shape and dimensions etc. Look for em... I also heard that some adults still race em for fun.
     
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    As a kid I did it a handful of times. It was one of the better parts of cub scouts. My worst year was when my wheels wouldn't stay attached and I got embarrassed every race. There was one kid who won several times in a row and then decided to build showy cars instead of fast cars. The last year he built a Model T or something that produced faux smoke. It was slick.
     
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    equus Horse Belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    holy crap. im literally working on one with my 6 year old right now.
     
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    Go equus and little equus!
     
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    equus Horse Belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    the ones you can ride in are soapbox derby cars...pinewood are the little ones cut from a block of wood
     
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    equus Horse Belt Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    my son wanted an all black police car. i found LED lights last night and am in the process of building a lightbar for it. so even if it isnt the fastest, itll be hilarious to have a little police car with functional lights chasing the others down the track.
     
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    Yeah, I did this in the Scouts with my dad. We had a blast with these. These are great memories and an awesome chance to bond with your sons.
     
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    believe

     
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    That's awesome.

    When I was in Cubs scouts I made a couple of them. They were terrible though.
     
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    Like many of the above, a few times in the cub Scouts. Never came close to winning though :(
     
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    My dad always made me build them myself so they were slow and ugly but it was fun.
     
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    You sound like a great dad. Could you post some pics when you get the car done?
     
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    I actually won a few years in a row.. there was another one like the pine wood derby but you built a boat.. i sucked at that one...
     
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    thanks man. i cant get the damn things to upload my current progress. i sent them to tete. maybe he'd have better luck.
     
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    The @equus Derby ride

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