Pinewood Racing is a great way to celebrate National Craft Month and spend time inspiring creativity in kids.  See the news release below:

Derby Racers created by Cub Scouts of Pack 23 in Bloomfield, NJ.

Derby Racers created by Cub Scouts of Pack 23 in Bloomfield, NJ.



ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (March 4, 2011) According to the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), woodworking represents a $3.2 billion a year sector of the U.S. craft and hobby industry and provides avid crafters and woodworkers with opportunities to relax, get creative and to work with their hands and children to create cross-generational projects. One way woodworkers demonstrate their expertise and introduce a new generation of crafters to woodworking is through the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby® held each year between January and April.  For the past 58 years Cub Scouts, parents and leaders have participated in this Cub Scout program, which provides young scouts with an opportunity to design, create and racecars made from unfinished blocks of wood and supplied wheels.

Mustang Racer courtesy of Woodland Scenics.

Mustang Racer courtesy of Woodland Scenics.

PinewoodPro.com, a Web site dedicated to pinewood racing identified Don Murphy, Cub Master of Cub Scout Pack 280C as the founder of the Pinewood racing movement. Murphy created the activity to share a racing experience with his son who was too young to participate in the Soap Box Derby. PinewoodPro.com also estimates that the Pinewood racing has grown from the original seven participating Cub Scout dens and 55 Scouts to reach more than 50 million kids since the Derby’s inception.  Pinewood racing has not only become part of the culture of Cub Scouts but has taken on its own cultural identity as the theme of Hollywood movies including Down and Derby (2005), and numerous other online videos.

Creativity has never been lost as young minds, skilled parents and leaders join forces to build fast, creative, cars on a wide range of subjects.  Created from a simple block of wood, imagination, wheels and axles, there are only a few simple rules on height, weight, and performance that guide the overarching program.   

With all of the new innovation and creativity with pinewood racing, CHA member, Woodland Scenics and its PineCar division have created new how-to books and videos.  PineCar How-to Book: Design for Speed, is a 42-page instructional companion book to the original PineCar How-to Book, originally published in 1995. Together, the books help pinewood racing enthusiasts make fast racers by combining essentials of car building with specific design elements and building techniques geared toward speed.


New PineCar How-to Book Courtesy of Woodland Scenics & PineCar

New PineCar How-to Book Courtesy of Woodland Scenics & PineCar

To accompany the new how-to books, Woodland Scenics produced a set of four how-to videos showing modelers how to create pinewood racers without using any woodworking tools. Modelers can view the videos at www.pinecar.com. The Design for Speed books and new videos are the perfect combination of helpful resources designed to give beginners the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to build a competitive racer. The books and videos illustrate how PineCar continues to lead the industry in manufacturing quality derby-racing products by providing kids and their parents with everything they need to have fun and craft a winning racer.

How-To videos courtesy of Woodland Scenics & PineCar

How-To videos courtesy of Woodland Scenics & PineCar

Woodland Scenics Quality Brands is committed to manufacturing modeling materials and providing how-to resources that make it easy and fun for beginner and experienced modelers to model their imaginations. The versatile products are easy to use and lend themselves to a wide range of modeling, making dioramas and school projects and having fun at home with arts and crafts.

About the Craft & Hobby Association

The Craft & Hobby Association is an international not-for-profit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the nearly $30 billion craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA or its award-winning Conferences and Trade Shows visit www.craftandhobby.org.  


Pinewood Derby(R) is a registered trademark of the Boy Scouts of America.


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