I would like to know if anyone has suggestions or general ideas about things like any of the following:
raising the track off the floor to see it better
decorating the track itself - I've seen flags & color tape
leveling devices to keep the competition even from event to event
I would also like to know how you all separate the boys / crowd from the track. We have used hazard cones and caution tape or checkered flag pennant rope in the past, but I was wondering if there are any other ideas.
Thanks in advance.
There are a few track photos and then some workshop photos.
I use a laser level to make sure that the track is straight and "flat" -- I can't say level, except side to side, since it usually is set up as a 64' sloped track.
Those are some great photos!!!!! They certainly helped me get some ideas for our first ever workshop. If you or anybody else has some more photos of workshops, please share you pictures.
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+ Timer with a large display of the finish order (dual sided display)
+ Solenoid start gate
+ Light tree
+ Each lane painted a different color or use colored tape
+ Painted stripe at the finish line
+ Leveling boards under each section so you can level the track side to side
+ Raise the whole thing on tables, with each table having a checkered skirt
+ And add some good race management software
There are other things that you can do to jazz up the race area:
+ Cones and ropes for crowd control
+ Projector to display results, live video and instant replays
+ Sound system for announcing, playing sound effects and race themed music
+ Car staging table with a nice "parking lot" for the cars
+ Banners, posters, checkered flags and any other race themed decorations
Awana Grand Prix and Pinewood Derby racing - Where a child, an adult and a small block of wood combine for a lot of fun and memories.
One of our Dads owns a Mercedes dealership, he always comes through with very cool media. This year cardboard backed pictures of the F1 McLaren and a life size stand - up of Kimi Räikkönen in full dress.
Check with your local dealers for media. They are more than willing to help in my experience. It winds up in trash, so if you recycle it you are also helping to save a tree. Makes up for all the PINE my son and I waste!
We did this also with felt pads. We just ordered the upgrade from 3ln to 4ln and Steve is now including a foam pad on the start gate.tmbnorm wrote:PWD,
Does the foam dampening help with more consistent times?
I understand why you put it there, but does it have any benefit?
I don't know if it helped with more consistent times but in trials before we did it sometimes a car would "jump" a little from the gate slamming into the bottom of the track. Most of the parents didn't notice it but the ones who did (hmm, seems it was all the ones who talked about stuff like friction and weight placement. Coincidence?) all agreed we needed to fix it to be as fair as possible.
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Any day racing PWD is a good day but winning makes a better good day!
I had heard that Steve now ships the track with a piece of foam so not an issue any longer.