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Video of a super-fast pinewood derby track

Cub Scouts competing in a pinewood derby in Indiana didn’t get to see much of the action. The giant track made the cars zip by so fast, you could only hear them.

The Crossroads of America Council built the track inside the Indiana State Museum. The track was more than two stories tall and 125 feet long — almost as long as a Boeing 737 airplane.

Use the above player to watch video from the race and check out the article in the December 2008 issue of Boys’ Life magazine for more details.

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200 Comments on Video of a super-fast pinewood derby track

  1. WOW is that thing TWO stories tall?

  2. tonyhawk234223 // December 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    i am gowing to do my first race i will win

  3. this race track is super fast and it would be really cool to be able to use that for my pinewood derby races.

  4. it was cool

  5. its been ages since i have don that stuff

  6. eli (SHARP SHOOTER) // September 1, 2009 at 6:38 pm // Reply

    our troop shuold get 1 its only 35 feet

  7. whenever you pinewood derby race, if your weight limit at the greatest is 5.0 grams, and your limit at the least is 1.0 grams, go for 1.0 . less weight means less friction. less friction means more speed. i made the mistake of 5.0 grams and i didn’t get a trophy. seriously, try the least weight possible.

    • Cj,that’s not true. If you don’t have enough weight,then you won’t get as much of gravity’s pull,and won,t go as fast.

    • sonic boomer // January 30, 2011 at 9:47 am // Reply

      cj,the more weight you have the faster your car will go. tip put the weight in the back of your car.

  8. PWD Enthusiast // August 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm // Reply

    PINEWOOD DERBY CAR’S ARE THE FASTEST CAR’S ON PLANT EARTH! In thare scale of 1.24 to 1.25, And raced on thare track lenth of 35ft to 45ft. At 2.5sec at 288mph! (give or take the speed a little!) It’s faster then a pro drag car,in thare scale and track lenth!!!

  9. that is awsome

  10. SpeedyGonzolis // August 1, 2009 at 8:34 am // Reply

    They were going REALLY fast. When I did my pinewood derbies I won 1st & 2nd.

  11. spencer2009 // June 28, 2009 at 8:37 am // Reply

    I build a car about 25m per hour

  12. i made a dog viper and a hot rod

  13. At the ’08 Derby for my Pack, I got 4th place!

  14. I was there. that was fun!

  15. harry potter // April 22, 2009 at 11:56 am // Reply

    igot 1st place this year

  16. I got 2place in my pinewood derby.

  17. the author // March 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm // Reply

    awesome . how fast did they go ? i did mine and I got out in the third heat 3rd

  18. They are really fun when you race them!

  19. I got fourth place in my first pinewood derby this year. I also got most creative
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  20. They are very fun to watch!

  21. theflyingace // March 14, 2009 at 11:13 am // Reply

    man! those cars go so fast! i hope i’ll get 1st place at this year’s derby

  22. that was so fast! It’s fun to go see the cars.

  23. mine is faster than the speed ofv light

  24. that was fast

  25. Wow,thats a pretty long track!!!

  26. they should make a HUMONGOUS track down the empire state building and see how it goes

  27. MY CAR GOT 1st.

  28. :mrgreen: Cool!

  29. nintendocool // February 28, 2009 at 9:43 am // Reply

    that track is so cool I cant even tell you how fast it went!

  30. Quarter(COURTNEY) // February 27, 2009 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    I’m the sister of a cub scout who will be having his 1st race in a couple weeks. I think it looks fun!

  31. nice video

  32. this year one car was so fast and it came off the track and then one car hit another car

  33. that was cool! I’ve never seen until now how fast model cars can go on a track like that.

  34. amazing

  35. i won first place in my pinewood derby.

  36. bras monkey or koko // February 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm // Reply

    I like formila one cars! so make more

  37. woah!!! that was awesome!!

  38. awesome dude!!!

  39. woah!!!! that was awsome!!

  40. darth hoffman // February 11, 2009 at 6:09 pm // Reply

    mine could go twice as fast i won champ 5 years

  41. I thihk from watching that makes me feel like I should do th derby this year!!!!!

  42. That was totally awesome!

  43. That was so cool!!!

  44. That was so cool!!!

  45. harry plopper // February 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm // Reply

    mine could go F A S T E R !!!!!!

  46. i won 9th place in the pinewood derby

  47. That was an awesome track!

  48. i saw the derby race track in a boys life mag. but i had no clue they went that fast!!!! by the way how do thay stop those cars? they look like they are going suppper fast?!?!?!?

  49. I can’t wait for my first derby race!!! im so excited.

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