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Discussion in 'General Pinewood Derby Discussion' started by karlaj, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. karlaj

    karlaj Pinewood Ninja

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    First, huge thanks to all y'all for help and feedback! Truly made a big difference unlearning a bunch of crap and getting better. But, having internalized the entire contents of about 10 years of data, forum information, and developed a machine-learning algorithm to sort fact from fiction (ok, I'm lying about that), I was reminded by my son that sometimes good enough is good enough.

    Pack race was actually a double pack race. I worked with my son to employ a few more things than we have in the past (better axel polishing, magnification, wheel bores, alignments, tuning board). But, what got him excited was that I let him bandsaw his own car, with dad nervously standing over his shoulder. The plan was to have him do all the steps and maybe use dd4h parts as needed (and they were nice to compare to as standards), but he just took ownership and wanted it to be his car and didn't care to spend THAT much time fixing EVERYTHING. So, that's how we rolled.

    And of course he ran away with it and won by 0.04s. Questions were asked (these cars only use graphite, right?). He also trashed every other Masters car except one (guess who). He had fun with it, and that's what mattered.

    What was also satisfying was seeing a kid I'd helped out last year improved as well (to 4th). Now I've got more knowledge to pass along to that family as well since I know they care.

    So, my son's pushing to go all in for his final district races and build a new car with a no-holds, in-it-to-win-it attitude. (he calls John the "Utah Guru") I'm pretty sure we've left a fair chunk of speed on the table, and I'm looking forward to us finding it over the next couple of months.

    ps. I'll update with pics when I get the cars back!
     
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    Jupiter 2.9 Workshop Leader Pro Racer

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    Send them into one of the "League race" test tracks. Data.
    Congratulations
     
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    karlaj Pinewood Ninja

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    I peeked around today but couldn’t find the new schedule. I’m totally ready to give it a try (current car v. new hotness), even if we’re the last two. Just gotta find when and where.
    And yep, Data always beats a thousand expert opinions.
     
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    Loud2ns District Champion

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    Here is the schedule for NPWDRL.

    All start times are 5:30pm MT unless otherwise noted.

    Ice Series
    February 5th
    March 5th
    April 2nd
    June 4th - Ice Series Finals

    May 14th - Pinewood Derby Nationals at Mid America hosted by NPWDRL & APR


    Fire Series
    July 9th
    August 6th
    September 3rd
    October 1st - Fire Series Finals

    MOTM Finals Race - Nov. 5-6
     
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    karlaj Pinewood Ninja

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    Thanks, finally found it. Some websites need updating. ;-)

    Watching the video of the scouts race, the speeds from the bottom cars are beyond us (we also run 42' best track, so comparable?). I knew the top was not reachable, but I'm not sure where to pick up 0.07s just to reach the very back of this pack. Do folks get feedback on their cars, or just times? TIA -karlaj
     
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    T-Bone Racing District Champion

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    No track is exactly the same. Scout tracks and league tracks won’t be comparable even if they’re the same size.
     
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    Castoro Racing Council Champion Pro Racer

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    You will get times of course and there are a ton of guys always willing to give feedback and guidance. Most of us love talking about PWD non stop and enjoy getting new people into the hobby. Do your best, send it in, make friends and ask questions. That's helped me a catch up pretty quick.
     

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