Customizable pinewood derby car template

Download this PDF to help you plan your car. You can use the free drawing editor Inkscape (or the commercial program Adobe Illustrator if you have it) to modify the template if you would like a different design. A more complex template is included with the video that helps explains our wheel alignment technique.


A basic template for sawing and shaping the car body.

Racing without a timer

This download is a useful tool to have as a backup during your pack’s competition.

In 2005, at the Arapahoe District’s annual Pinewood Derby race, the track timer malfunctioned. The finish line could read out the finishing place of each car, but no run times could be recorded. I developed this lane rotation strategy that correctly identifies the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd plane winners, with about 90% accuracy. Download a PDF file that you can use for your race by clicking the icon below.


A lane rotation scheme for racing without a timer