are constantly compiling additional links to web
sites that will be helpful and enhance your derby
experience. We hope you find the best solution for
a successful derby.
Sites for helpful information
Boards and Informational Sites
Boards and Informational Sites
ABC Pinewood Derby®
- Your “How to” guide to the Pinewood Derby®
Car. Everything you need to design, build, win and even manage a Pinewood Derby®
This site has a very good race management
procedure. Our pack prefers to hold a
registration night before the race event
night. This will allow for more time to
'work' on the cars if the weight is a
problem. We have a working table with a
scale or 2 and another table with the OFFICIAL
scale. Once the cars are registered, we
take a digital picture of them for our web site
and store them in Tupperware boxes until race
night. You can see our race plan on the
race procedures page.
- Very active and informational
forum for many types
of derby races. Derby Talk is a forum for Pinewood Derby®, Awana Grand Prix, Kub Kar Rally,
Shape N Race Derby, Space Derby®, Raingutter Regatta® and other similar races where a child and
an adult work together to create a race vehicle
and a lot of fun and memories.
Performance boards - A WIRL and Pinewood Derby® forum for all types of derby
racing. Features Woodcar International
Racing League (WIRL) racing events, rules and
- Woodcar Independent Racing League.
Create a race vehicle for any of four classes; Rookie Stock, Pure Stock, Pro
Stock or Modified. Send it in to one of their monthly proxy series with the
registration form and very reasonable fee. Your car will be registered and
listed on the WIRL website. It is for any age and it is a lot of fun.
There are no membership fees required to join WIRL.
race manager software - This is a very
nice package for tabular style races such as Lane
Rotation, Stearns, Perfect-N Series and Round
Robin. This package includes everything you need
to run a smooth race. Awards, certificates and
sound effects create a fun atmosphere. This package includes special features of our timer including the masking
of unused lanes and masking of a "Bye" lane. Follow this link to "What's New" in the GrandPrix Race Manager.
DerbyMaster software package - The SmartLine Timer
can be set up to work with the simple DTX000 communication protocol so that you may use the
DerbyMaster. Please contact us if you need this option.
- Original All Aluminum Track
Track for Pinewood Racing!
BestTrack Pinewood Derby® Tracks
Forest City, Iowa 50436
is the manufacturer of the original and unique all
aluminum track. You can expand one lane at a
time as your budget allows. It's strong,
lightweight, and the joints are as smooth as glass
due to their proprietary extrusion design with (4)
3/16" diameter registration pins between
sections. They have many accessories to enhance the event.
They produce the only aluminum Space Derby®
track on the market.
Pinewood Derby® TRACK SYSTEM
2682 Route 130
Cranbury, NJ 08512
Beta Crafts, Incorporated provides precision extruded aluminum
surface systems and track engineering design
drawings for Pinewood Derby® tracks. They have been
in the "Pinewood Derby®" business since
We purchased our track for Pack 1080 from Beta Crafts and built
the frame on our own about 10 years ago. We have been very
happy with our track.
Racers…How to Win a Pinewood Car Derby
How to Win a Pinewood
Car Derby teaches you the specifics of building a
pinewood car for speed. You can make your car the
fastest it can be with secrets that will give you
a winning edge. This manual is useful for the Boy
Scouts, Cub Scouts, Awana Grand Prix, Royal
Rangers, Shape ‘n Race, Kub Kar Rally and other
There are two free terminal
programs available for communication with the SmartLine timer listed below. Follow the link to download one.
Terminal - a terminal emulation program for RS-232(serial) communication
program for basic communication with SmartLine Finish Line Timer. Terminal is a free
software terminal emulator (communication program) for Windows. It can be used for communication with
different devices such as modems, routers, serial port connection, and so on. You can use this program to communicate
with the SmartLine Timer at the command level. The Command Manual will give you all the details
such as the baud rate, data bits, parity and stop bits you need to hook up and communicate. It also gives you a list of the commands
and the expected responses. This is a very useful tool.
program is for basic communication with SmartLine
Finish Line Timer. Tera Term (Pro) is a free
software terminal emulator (communication program)
for MS-Windows. It supports VT100 emulation,
telnet connection, serial port connection, and so
on. You can use this program to communicate
with the SmartLine Timer at the command
level. The Command
Manual will give you all the details you need
to hook up and communicate.