Grand Prix Racing - How To Make A Fast Pinewood Car


"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever."
1 Corinthians 9:24, 25

Get on your mark! Get set! GO!

Do these words send a thrill of expectation down your spine or a sick feeling that the factors that make a fast pinewood car are out of your control? Yes, chance is involved, but it can be minimized. Through the study of physical law and mathematics these factors have been demystified, ready to use to your advantage!

What is a Grand Prix?

Dragsters rule the straight-away!

A Grand Prix is a miniature car race that takes place on a down-sloping track with several lanes. A set of pegs holds each motorless car from plunging down the track. At the shout of "Go", the starter releases the pegs. All the cars move forward under the force of gravity alone. Participants craft their car to be the first to cross the finish line.

Our goal is to show you the simplest, least expensive ways to build the fastest, good-looking, miniature Grand Prix car within your capability and the limitations set by your local pinewood racing rules. Some of the procedures described may not apply because of those restrictions. You should become familiar with your local rules as you use this manual.

No Guarantees

You are NOT guaranteed a win or even a place by using the procedures in this manual! Gravity can be a tricky method of propulsion and time and chance do happen to all. However, we believe you will be doing the best you can by putting the science of these fast pinewood cars to work for you.

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Grand Prix Racing - How To Make A Fast Pinewood Car
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