New Guide to Building Pinewood Derby® Race Cars Offers Expert Advice for Scouts and Parents

"Pinewood Derby-Style Race Cars" provides tips, projects, patterns, and step-by-step instructions, plus more resources available free online
New Guide to Building Prize-Winning Wooden Race Cars
New Guide to Building Prize-Winning Wooden Race Cars
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LANCASTER, Pa. - Jan. 13, 2014 - PRLog -- Building a Pinewood Derby® or Awana® race car is meant to be a fun and educational character-building rite of childhood. But for inexperienced participants who lack woodworking skills, it can all too often become a frustrating, disappointing debacle. This year, parents and children can avoid that annoyance by picking up a copy of Pinewood Derby-Style Race Cars, a new comprehensive guide to building prize-winning wooden cars.

This special issue of Woodcarving Illustrated magazine is packed with expert tips and easy-to-follow instructions for creating a vehicle that will rocket down the track. Learn how to design a fast car, place the weights for optimal speed, and adjust the wheels for perfect performance. This newly updated edition offers a dozen patterns for cool cars, including speed designs and specialty models. Step-by-step instructions are provided for personalizing any car, plus simple explanations of the car's physics so you and your child will understand why you're doing what you're doing. The all-in-one guide will answer your questions, inspire your child's dreams, and help you to enjoy a great race experience together.

Pinewood Derby-Style Race Cars will be available on newsstands now through March 31, 2014. Readers can also order the publication directly from the publisher, for $9.99 plus shipping & handling, by visiting or by calling 1-800-457-9112.


Fox Chapel Publishing, the publisher of Pinewood Derby-Style Race Cars, is also offering free PDF downloads with several additional Pinewood Derby car-building resources:

•    Construct a test track to race and tweak your car before the race. Free instructions on how to build your own Pinewood Derby racetrack can be downloaded at:

•    Clever patterns for two Pinewood Derby racers—a '31 Ford Hot Rod and an off-road Racing Jeep—are available as free PDF downloads at and

•    Free decal patterns (to transfer onto decal paper) can help turn your car into an iconic “Dukes of Hazzard” Dodge Charger, or a classic VW Bug racer. PDF decal downloads are available at: and

Pinewood Derby-Style Race Cars contributor Troy Thorne is offering even more free tips, techniques, and designs at his website, Thorne, a designer, woodworker, and Eagle Scout dad, is the author of several new books for both first-time Derby participants and experienced racers: Building the Fastest Pinewood Derby Car and Getting Started in Pinewood Derby.


Fox Chapel Publishing publishes books, magazines, patterns, and videos for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. We inspire and inform readers who enjoy a variety of crafts and hobbies, including woodworking, sewing, jewelry-making, boating, back-yard farming, wine & beer-making, and much more. Our greatest joy comes from working with talented craftspeople to make their designs and techniques available for everyone who shares the love of creating things by hand. We publish two magazines, Woodcarving Illustrated and Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts, and more than 200 book and DVD titles. Our imprints include Design Originals and Heliconia Press. For more information please visit

Ed Kladky
717-560-4703 ext. 129

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