DERBY 101 - RACE PHOTOS Racetrack Pictures Taken During Competition
How Pinewood Derby Competition Is Organized
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Each race begins with cars being readied at the starting line.
cars are kept in a secure area until race time. Assistants remove
the cars from the secure area and hand them to the starter. The
starter places the cars in front of the starting pins.
The starter sets the cars in motion by depressing the starting lever.
The lever simultaneously pulls down the starting pins in front of
each car. Gravity pulls the cars down the steep hill.
After initially gaining speed on the starting hill, the cars coast down
a long, level straightway to the finish line. Note the two adult
judges sitting on either side of the black finish line. The blue
pillows are placed at the end of the track to catch any runaway race
Competitors are organized into heats. The winner of each heat
advances to the next race. Winners are recorded on a "Pinewood
Leader Board" such as this.
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