I am new to the forum, HOWDY! I am a commander at a smaller AWANA club and we had our first grand prix last year on a borrowed track that I think was older than I am. It worked flawlessly, but this year I want to get a track of our very own.
I want to purchase a new track and timing system with hook up to a computer connected to a projector in order to put it up on a projection screen.
I have read quite a bit through your forum and it seems that I am having a hard time finding a timing system that I know will work perfectly with the AWANA Grand Prix track. Should I forgo getting the official AWANA track and go with an outside company that sells a timer that goes a long with it?
Money isn't an issue with the club as we are well funded. I want to be a good steward with what I have been given and want to get a high quality long lasting system that will supply the club with fun for years to come.
I appreciate any input.
We have a 35', 4 lane "Best" track, Champ timer, Grand Prix Race Manager Software, and a remote start button. While I prefer the 35' track I think we are going to extend it to the 42' setup. That will be fine but everything will take a little longer.
We use the "Best" track for Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Commodore Perry District Race which is in the Erie Council. Once the Best track is assembled the 1st time it can then be set up and taken down very quickly. The track can be widened and lengthened at any time. The track is very popular and that is why I have a 2 lane "Best" track in my garage. The Champ timer was built for the Best track and it mounts very easily. Best track will punch the holes for you.
Any questions you have regarding software can be answered by Randy Lisano, the gentleman who owns this website. Randy Lisano recently raced 500 Girl Scouts across the U.S. for the Ford Motor Company. Ford used The Best track with Randy's software. I had the privilege of attending the Detroit race and the race was run flawlessly.
I Loved your sentence where you said, "Money isn't an issue". I've been involved with the Pinewood Derby for 35 years and that's the First time I have heard that. Your club is very Fortunate.
I wish you the Very Best.
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The track that Awana sells is the Best Track. The other aluminum track on the market is the Micro Wizard Freedom track. Both are very good tracks. I have run many races on both tracks. Each has its pros and cons. So, it will depend on what features are important to you and how often you will use it.mclewis_13 wrote: ↑Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:58 pmI have read quite a bit through your forum and it seems that I am having a hard time finding a timing system that I know will work perfectly with the AWANA Grand Prix track. Should I forgo getting the official AWANA track and go with an outside company that sells a timer that goes a long with it?
With either of those two tracks, you can fit any of the most popular timing systems (Fast Track, NewBold, SmartLine/The Champ, or The Judge). All are good timers with good support, so it will really boil down to what features you want and what your budget is. The only type of timer that I don't recommend is one that doesn't have some type of finish order display on the timer. While you will use a computer to display results, computers are not 100% dependable, so in a lurch, you should be able to finish your race with old fashion pencil and paper. A timer with a nice finish order display is quite sufficient. You don't necessary need a timer that displays times, if you use race management software with a projection system.
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.