Pinewood Lowrider

I’ve built some fast pinewood derby cars in the past but this year was just about looking good.  I’ve always loved the way those lowriders bounce and thought it would be cool to make a derby car do that.  Here’s my version.  A few more pictures and build details after the jump.

I’m now, officially, “Hard To Live With”

The September 2011 issue of Popular Mechanics has their annual “Backyard Genius” feature.  This year, my Bad Idea Pinewood Derby Car made the cut.   Although I’ve been telling my wife for years that I’m a genius, she’s still not buying it.  Now, at last, we have proof.  I’m sure that my days of emptying…

Deathtrap joins the collection

I finally got some pictures of my son’s derby car for his Bear den entry. This year we built a casket on wheels.  Both parts of the lid are hinged and it carries a ‘Gummy’ skeleton as a rider. Obviously he had adult help on this design.  The main parts were cut out on the…

Bad Idea

It’s Pinewood Derby season again and I kinda enjoy making derby cars.  This year, my youngest son and I made an awesome car for his bear den division.  It came out great and I’ll do a blog post on that one as soon as I get some good pictures. We also have an ‘open’ class…