Great results at District!!!!!
There were approximately 120 cars at
our district race. Luke was 1st Bear, Grand Champion, and set a
new track record. The average time
difference between him and the overall second place car was
Like I said below there were 7 cars
from our garage that qualified for district. Unfortunately only
could attend. Here are the results for
1) Grand Champion,1st Bear, Track
2) 2nd Family, and Family Division
3) 3rd Bear
4) 3rd Wolf
5) 4th Webelo
We could not have done this without
your tips book. We continue to take what we have
learned from your book and refine our
cars construction. Thanks!
Grand Champion (72 cars)
New Track Record and beat
2nd place car by over .07 seconds !!!
"Awesome speed Tips!"
1st Place District Championship, New Track Record
1st Place Derby Race
My Son's car took 1st in District - can't ask for
anything better than that! Set the all time record for that
particular district track!
In the first District race he had a time of 2.308.
The fastest car to that point was 2.324. The last race was around
2.285. His car was the only one to break the 2.30 barrier.
Zachary won it all with an average race time about two tenths of a
second faster than the second place competitor. Our pack's Cubmaster
commented that our car appeared to "run on fuel rather than gravity"
because it ran so fast. We accomplished our goal of having him go out a
champion. Joshua (brother) had the second fastest time overall. We did
very well. Thanks for all your help...
- John :)
Grand Champion, New Track Record
I really do appreciate all your help
that you offered. It really was much appreciated.
car design of yours is unbelievable.(.....I followed the building,
tuning, and break-in techniques outlined in your book along with our
countless phone conversations), and that car ended up being
unbelievably fast. This car was entered into a corporate race
fundraising event, and there were more than 90 companies with
entries. Our car not only beat every car that raced, it shattered
the track record. No car came within a cars length of us. Your car
design not only looks fast it truly is fast!!!!
was told that it broke the track record, I thought they were talking
about that particular evening of racing, but they explained that
this car had the fastest time ever recorded on this track which has
been in existence for more than 3 years. In fact every one of its
races was faster than the previous track record. After the
race.......the BSA officials running the track said that they had
never seen a faster car, and they were asking all kinds of questions
about it, as if they were interested in building one......I just
smiled and told them it was top secret!!!!!!!!
I cannot thank you enough for all your help. To say that you
provided great customer support would be a huge understatement. I
appreciate all the calls, and the time that you took discussing the
building process on the phone.
company will be entering this race again next year, so I will be in
up the great work!!!!!
Luke: Pack Meet
1st Place Tigers
2nd Place Overall
1st Place Tigers
3rd Place Overall (120 cars)
We followed your book from
start to finish. I learned a lot and will be better next year from
what I learned on this project. No
modification to your steps, simply my skills at carrying them out.
Can't wait till fall and the
new tips. We want to build and race again soon. Guess we will have
to wait. Luke has the bug so bad that we are now building a slot
car track for him and some friends to race on.
Sons took 2nd and 3rd place overall
Grand Champion, Open Championship
3rd Place Overall
The results are in. and Zach won two awards: 3rd overall and coolest
car. He is very excited, and we are very grateful to you for all
your help. We also have something to shoot for next year - going out
winning it all. Our pack has some families that take this very serious
and competition is very stiff, but we're looking forward to build
something even better.
I'll let Zach share a few words with you as well...
Thank you for the tips Daryl! I got 3rd place in a pack of 52.
Grand Champion, Pack (43 cars)
First Place Den
Thanks for all your help. We have
followed your book "Dominant by Design" for the last two years.
Encouraged by our victories in year one, we implemented more speed
tips in year two and had even greater success.
We added to our trophy collection
this year by taking 1st place in our den/rank and 1st place in the
pack championship out of 43
contestants. Even on a
bumpy, wooden track, the
nearest competitor was nearly 0.1 seconds slower which equated to
victories of at least one car length in each and every race!
Suffice it to say, he dominated. Amazing!!
Mega Derby III- Houston, TX
1st Place Webelos (57 cars)
2nd Place Overall (225 cars)
Including beating 5 District Champs
Bryce and Trentin
1st Place Overall
3rd Place Overall
Just wanted to drop you guys a note to say thanks for
the tools and tips!! Our youngest son took third place (not bad
being his first year!!!) and our oldest took first place (which was the
car that ran your Dominator axle set). One of the cars even took Most
Classic Design. So we just wanted to tell you guys thanks for all the
help and see yah next year..
Thought I'd share the exciting results from my son Joey's Pinewood
Derby competition earlier today. As you can see from the attached
photos, 1st-Place in the Tiger Cub group as well as Fastest car
overall among 49 entrants.
Thanks for your advice !!!)
Pinewood Derby Champion
New Track Record
Thank you very much with
your tips about the Pinewood Derby. We got first place out of the
scouts. The car also got the track record which probably was from
the wheels which seemed to keep increasing speed. The maximum time
for the wheel spinning of our best combination was about 35 seconds.
All of your tips were fantastic! -Joshua
As Joshua writes, we did indeed get
first place this year and also set the track speed record!! I also
want to add my thanks, both for the advice you shared in our
conversations and emails. I especially think the pro tool for
drilling the wheels did help! I attached a picture to give you an
idea of what direction we went this year. Again, thanks so much for
your time, advice and equipment....it definitely paid off and made
all the time we spent working on the car worth the effort!!
Sean (Bear Cub)
1st in Den
2nd Overall in the pack
6th Overall at the Laurel Hills district
Mark (Tiger Cub)
Tiger Cub pack derby
Best Craftsmanship Award
4th Overall in the Tiger Cub at the Laurel Hills
Grand Champion, Pack (65 cars)
First Place Tigers, (18 cars)
WOW! You should have seen our race! It was like we were
in a totally different league and all the other cars had their brakes
on. The smile on my son's face was unbelievable. I showed
him your comments about how the scout is supposed to do the building and
he was skeptical at first that he could build the car and still win.
Now, he probably won't let me touch it next year as he's a pro at this!!
Thanks for pushing so hard for the scouts to do the building. I
know its a father/son project but felt that most of the winning cars
were being built by the fathers. Not so here. Tips were easy
and just like you said, its not as important how you implement them, its
how many of the speed tips you build into the car. Terrific advice
and terrific results!! Thanks again!!!
3rd place overall
1st place sibling division
weeks ago as my boys and I began to work on our Pinewood Derby cars,
I came across your website and decided to download you Basics
handbook. Being a first timer I wanted to make sure we built two
cars that at least make a fair showing. I am pleased to say that
today in our first Pinewood Derby, my Tiger Cub son took 3rd
place overall and his younger brother took 1st place in
the sibling division. I am positive that our success would not have
been possible without your handbook.
2nd and 5th in Pack
6th and 29th in
Districts out of 104
hoping I would get to send you this email, and lo and
behold, I can! I wanted to thank you for your expertise.
My boys ran 2nd and 5th in the pack
derby and both qualified for the district race in April. I
included a picture of the top 6 (my boys are 2nd
from the left and 2nd from the right). Thanks
P.S. In the final
roll off the top 2 cars (my boy was 2nd) tripped
the scoring monitor to double 1’s. WOW!!
Sons won Grand
Champion and Second Place
the products and the extra axles. The race went well. We
entered two cars and got first and second place. This evening I
am helping a grandfather and his grandson get ready for a race
in January. The wheels and axles are spinning as though
they were never going to stop. It will be fun to see the results
of the race. (Update: They won as well)
Grand Champion, First
My son entered his
first derby last night and won it all. Dominant by Design made
it possible. At the time we were building the car your
instructions seemed like ridiculous overkill, but it really paid
off. Thank you!
Mike and Zach
Grand Champion, New Track
You can chalk up another
one! My son won the Grand Championship at this year's
First of all I have to
thank you for a TON of great suggestions. We used the
manual for every step of the car and it sure paid off.
Zach raced 12 times and won EVERY race! There were 57
cars entered in the derby overall. Zach's car I believe
had the 3 fastest times of the day. I knew he would do
well when he started the finals races in the slow lane 5
and won easily.
Most importantly of all - a huge thanks for putting
suggestions in the manual about keeping the kids
involved and about teaching them about friction and
speed. I was anxious to get started and wanted to do
well but your manual reminded me what is really
important - teaching my son and making this a team
project. For this, I thank you most.
From Zach and me - Thanks!
1st Tigers, 1st Overall
I just ordered
some additional items from your site after my son’s car won
his Pack race this weekend. He was first Tiger and first in
the pack. I have definitely caught the “bug” for working on
these cars and you website offerings and manual are
Grand Champion, 2nd Year in a Row
Just wanted to let you know that we dominated the competition
again this year and it's all because of your speed tips book!
Just wish we had gotten your book earlier as we were dreadful
the first year. Everyone was giving us tips after that
first year and now, everyone wants to know what we are doing.
I'll be glad to tell them next year (last competition) after we
whoop 'em again! HA HA! Thank you so much for all of your
Grand Champion, Pack (58 cars)
First Place Bears
We came in 5th last year with a competitor's
book and was disappointed although it was only my son's first
year. We bought your book this year, and although it was
more expensive, it was night and day difference in the amount of
speed tips. It was also night and day in the difference in
the speeds of Will's car from last year to this year. We
beat last year's winner in the final heat by more than a car
length. Don't even ask about the 3rd place car. My
wife thought it was ridiculous to spend as much as we did (spent
over $100 on speed pack), but she doesn't think so now.
Will wants her to get me a drill press for next year! HA!
We had our pack race
yesterday. Luke was first wolf and first overall pack.
Their were 27 cars total.
The second place car was very
close .02 seconds difference. All others were well behind.
Our district race is March
8th. I'll let you know how we do.
remember who I spoke with, but last week I e-mailed you in
regards to e problem I had getting a PDF download. Customer
contacted me and forwarded me not only the specific PDF but the
full blown version as well. My son's pack had their derby
yesterday and my soon won 3rd place. He was extremely proud of
what his car did. He had a lot of input into the build where he
could (wheel & axle prep., sanding, design of the car profile,
paint scheme, minimal cutting, car decorations). I used the
basic race tips from the smaller PDF to build his car by.
I think with a couple of changes his car will be much improved
and faster for the district competition mid March. I'll send you
an update after that derby. Thanks again for your support in
getting me the information and thanks for the content of the
2nd Place Overall, 46 cars
for getting back to me so quickly - we loved your book and it was easy
to follow for both my cub scout and myself. Timmy started cub scouts
this year and this past weekend he participated in the Pinewood Derby
and took 2nd place (1st place was just 1/4 of an inch ahead). 46 scouts
participated in the event. We purchased your Dominant By Design book
and over the 4 weeks prior to the race we followed the book as best we
could. This being our 1st derby, your book was very helpful in getting
us started and we are thrilled with Timmy's 2nd place finish.
2nd Place, First Derby
Just wanted to drop you a note that after
purchasing your book online and following it very closely we placed 2nd
in our Pack Derby this past Saturday. My son and I had a great time
referring to the book for all the secrets that let us be competitive
even with much more experienced Scouts. This was our first car, so to
place second was absolutely amazing. We only missed by .002 seconds
average. And that was to a Scout whose father had been making Derby
cars since the 60's. We couldn't have done it without your help!
We won! Our best time was 2.380 and the closest anyone came was 2.401.
There were a total of 50 cars. Now we move on to the finals on March
17. Thanks for the tips!
1st Place Webelos
1st Place Overall
Thanks for sharing your tips. Thought I'd let you know that my son
Ethan, a Webelo, won First Place in his pack's Pinewood Derby last
night. We utilized many of your tips, at least the ones that were
"legal" for our local Derby rules and the success speaks for itself.
Two sons took 1st Place and 2nd Place Overall
Well our race was this past weekend and my two sons took 1st and 2nd
Place overall. We were well pleased!
All in all, we had a great time doing the project. Can't wait til
next year! Thanks for all your help.
1st Place Tigers, 2nd Overall
As your website states, we literally dominated the entire event - it
wasn't even really close. My son in Tiger cubs won 1st in the Tigers and
took second overall. He had one bad run in the
middle lane (another car hit his, no reruns) and it dropped his time
significantly on that one
run. So in reality, I went away knowing that
he had the best car there. Additionally, I didn't even get a
chance to make all of the necessary modifications. Next year will be a
good year! As promised, when his trophies come in, I'll take some
pictures and send them your way. Nevertheless, I'll even send some
others your way for business. I couldn't be happier with the results.
Thank you again for your professionalism.
It was good that we found you this year. Now he gets to go to
districts for the first time so it will be fun and he is very happy so
that is good well we will talk to you later on and we will order stuff
for next year also.
I had trouble with the download and a solution was worked
out within hours of my initial e-mail by customer service. Great service. Even reduced the
price due to a special that started after my initial order.
1st Place Overall
1st Place, Bears
1st Place, Webelos
Our Pack Derby was tonight and they
BOTH took first place, one in Bears and the other in Webelos II! My
younger sons car had the 4 fastest laps run all night! I also
downloaded your Pinewood Derby book and used several of the tips
from it. I was amazed and impressed at how well written the book is
and how good the tips work. I usually think things like this on the
Internet are not worth the money but in this case it was money well
spent. Although I started too late to use some of the more time
consuming tips, I used the axle and wheel polishing steps and they
were enough to beat everyone else. Thanks for the stuff and
for the advice. I'll definitely recommend you to everyone else,
although I'm hesitant to give away my "winning secrets" while my
sons are still competing against them!!! Plus, since they both
won first, they will be moving up to the district race in a few
1st Place Bears
Bought from you last year and spoke with you on the phone as it was
my 1st year to build one with my son. he took 1st place for the Bears
and 4th overall in the finals out of 88 total entries.
We ended up third in our
pack after a race-off between four cars that tied. The track had a
lot to do with it, as it is an old wooden track. Our district race
is March 31, and it is on an aluminum track, so our car should be
faster. Your book was a great help in the process of building the
car itself. The head start design was very beneficial against cars
that were close to evenly matched with ours. I would highly
recommend the book to beginners and experienced racers alike. No
one at our pack, or even at district last year, had a design like
our car. When I get a photo, I will send it to you.
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