Ben's Pinewood Derby Page
Building Ben's 1st Pinewood Derby car (22MBs)
January, 2015. We had fun at Ben's last derby race, even if we did not bring a competitive car this time. Ben did manage to win one heat, but it was the slowest car we have ever brought, so it was no hardware this year. My only theory is that the skin we used, versus paint, slowed the wheel hub down. Just a theory though, I thought we were going to have the fastest car yet. Ben handled it like a champ and I was proud of him for staying upbeat.
Ben won 1st place in his den in the pinewood
derby. His Superman car was fast and he entered the finals tied for second
with 10 points and an average speed of 228.5 mph. That average was faster
than his fastest time last year when he took home a third place overall trophy.
His top speed this year was 231.9. His car lost speed though and he
ended it up in a tie for 5th overall. It was a really fun night of racing, I always enjoy it.
Carson again had the car to beat and was even faster than he
was last year.
February 8, 2013
Ben brought home a 3rd Place Overall trophy from our Pack 538 Pinewood Derby with a wedge shaped car he named Camo. His car was really fast, posting many of the fastest times all night. And it didn't drop off at all between the first 8 heat round and the championship round. His fastest time was 227.8 MPH in the first heat of the championship round. He got 3rd, but actually had the 2nd fastest car during the final 8 heats. No one could touch our friend Carson's car though, it was in a class of its own. Ben was really, really happy with the trophy and fully understood what an accomplishment it was to beat some really fast cars. We had 31 competitors this year and the night again went smoothly. It is a lot of fun watching the boys run back and forth along the track, racing cars for two solid hours.
February 10, 2012
We made the switch to racing for points this year, utilizing all 4 lanes on the Pack's new track. I pushed hard for this change and felt that it would be more fun for the scouts, but was still nervous about how it would go. Luckily, things went perfectly and I think that all the scouts had a great time. We had one preliminary round where all 29 cars raced twice in each lane. 7 cars moved on to a single trophy round and again raced twice in each lane. So cars either ran 8 or 16 races. Ben decided to stick with the shape he came up with last year when he built his trophy winning Bullet Bill. In honor of our neighbor Joe though, he went with a Lightning McQueen inspired paint job this time. I thought it was a pretty cool looking car.
February 26, 2011
1st Place in the Dogwood District
I felt that Ben's little Bullet Bill car was fast enough that, if he wanted to run it a few more times, it would be okay to take it to the Dogwood District Pinewood Derby, especially since the Tiger Cubs compete against other Tigers. I don't know about Ben, but I was pretty nervous after we got there. The competition looked stiff. But would you believe that the little guy won every single race. He went undefeated and came home with a trophy that he is simply terribly, terribly proud of. What a fun, exciting experience. One that I am sure he will remember it for a very long time. Way to go Ben!
February 11, 2011
Ben did very well in his first Pinewood Derby. More importantly, we had a lot of fun building the car and racing it. Because Ben would be competing against boys much older than him, we were not sure how he would do. All dens in the pack competed against each other this year. As it turned out, his little Bullet Bill car was pretty smoking fast and won his first 4 races. According to his average speed in the first round, he was the 6th fastest out of the 34 registered cars. He won two races by a large margin, the other two were very close. In his first race , one of those close ones, he beat the car that later won 2nd place overall. In the other close race, he beat last year's champion, but in Ben's last round it was that car and the car that ultimately went undefeated to win1st place that knocked him out. Both cars belonged to boys 2 and 3 years older and were ranked 1st and 2nd in terms of average miles per hour. So we were very proud of Ben's effort. I worked a post at the finish line, so Ben's papa held him up for me at the starting gate so that Ben could place his car on the track. Those early rounds when all the kids were still super excited were a lot of fun. Click here for a video of Ben's car racing and here for a fun video of Ben building his car.
Bullet Bill in action (5MBs)