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by Darin McGrew
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Tip: Be careful with weird wheelbases!
Replies: 8
Views: 130

Re: Tip: Be careful with weird wheelbases!

The parts are the StocKar kits. (Not sure what I think of these wheels...I guess they're a step up from the old SNR wheels). We haven't had a derby since CSB switched from Shape N Race to StocKar, and the elementary age program at our church is now Awana, rather than CSB and/or Pioneer Clubs, so if...
by Darin McGrew
Fri Feb 22, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: Tip: Be careful with weird wheelbases!
Replies: 8
Views: 130

Re: Tip: Be careful with weird wheelbases!

I find it interesting that they're still using the old Shape N Race Derby name rather than the new StocKar Derby name. Presumably, they're getting their kits from the Shape N Race company rather than from CSB Ministries.
by Darin McGrew
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:14 am
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Pinewood Derby Rules
Replies: 4
Views: 124

Re: Pinewood Derby Rules

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by Darin McGrew
Wed Feb 20, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Pinewood Derby Times
Topic: Pinewood Derby Times, Volume 18, Issue 11 - February 20, 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 55

Re: Pinewood Derby Times, Volume 18, Issue 11 - February 20, 2019

I hope that you find this information useful. If you have a unique way of judging cars for design awards, please share your method with me. We used to have judges rate cars in various attributes (e.g., creativity, detail, craftsmanship, etc.) and then we'd sum the scores to get a car's total score....
by Darin McGrew
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Semi truck with a Lowboy trailer build.
Replies: 16
Views: 725

Re: Semi truck with a Lowboy trailer build.

This is so cool! Thanks for sharing!
by Darin McGrew
Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:09 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: People's choice voting
Replies: 2
Views: 80

Re: People's choice voting

Zebracar wrote:
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:01 pm
My question is this. Does anyone have any ideas how to stream line the voting process.
We've always had independent judges choose the award recipients sometime between registration and the race itself.
by Darin McGrew
Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Semi truck with a Lowboy trailer build.
Replies: 16
Views: 725

Re: Semi truck with a Lowboy trailer build.

Looking good!

And I can definitely sympathize with the need to rebuild a car to get it to comply with the rules so it can race.
by Darin McGrew
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: General Car/Truck Racer Topics
Topic: Changed axles cant get 4 wheels on ground
Replies: 8
Views: 237

Re: Changed axles cant get 4 wheels on ground

gpraceman wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:06 am
Very poor rule. It penalizes novice racers. Slap 4 wheels on a car and invariably one will not touch. We should make it easier for novice racers to build a car, not harder.
AMEN!
by Darin McGrew
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:16 pm
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Construction
Topic: New guy & Access in a Ladder/Hollow design Q.
Replies: 6
Views: 349

Re: New guy & Access in a Ladder/Hollow design Q.

For my illuminated designs, I've provided access to the battery by building the car in two parts. The "frame" is a slab cut from the original block in the kit. The "body" is whatever decorative structure I've built that attaches to that frame. When I build a separate body, I usually attach it to the...
by Darin McGrew
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Theme Race
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Theme Race

However, if the picture shows the total amount of awards given for the Design competition, I suspect there will be some resistance. Ah, I hadn't noticed that. Yeah, we make a point of awarding at least as many design awards as race awards. I would think that that would be even more important in a d...
by Darin McGrew
Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: Pinewood Derby Times
Topic: Pinewood Derby Times, Volume 18, Issue 10 - February 6, 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 268

Re: Pinewood Derby Times, Volume 18, Issue 10 - February 6, 2019

The humor column reminds me of my wife's experience coming to California for college. After growing up mostly in the Portland Oregon area, she was looking forward to experiencing sunny California. It turned out that her freshman year was one of the wettest winters on record. Several times that year,...
by Darin McGrew
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:15 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Theme Race
Replies: 6
Views: 435

Re: Theme Race

Sounds like it could be fun. However, not all themes are created equal. The example theme (Robots) is broad enough to allow a lot of creativity within the theme. But I other kid-suggested themes might not work as well. And some kids (and adults) start planning next year's car almost immediately afte...
by Darin McGrew
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Car & Semi-Truck Photos
Topic: Semi truck with a Lowboy trailer build.
Replies: 16
Views: 725

Re: Semi truck with a Lowboy trailer build.

It's cool to see the bobcat loader repurposed like this!
by Darin McGrew
Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Planning, Preps & Running the Race
Topic: Decided to build me a rack for staging our cars.
Replies: 10
Views: 668

Re: Decided to build me a rack for staging our cars.

After using it one race, I noticed that a couple cars had a rounded up front nose, allowing the car to try and slide off. Our home-made track's start gate had a similar issue. The start "pins" (really 1-inch wide aluminum bars) came up only half an inch above the track, and we were getting "boat sh...