The NCAC Colonial District Web site normally doesn't contain links to
external Web sites, because we usually focus on activities within the district, because
links are difficult for our small team of volunteer Webmeisters to maintain, and readily
available search engines generally can do a offer and much broader and richer array of
Pinewood Derbies are a topic for which the range of WWW-based
resources is especially notable, however. Following are a few links that we hope
will enable you to pursue some of these resources if you're seeking advice, whether as a
Cub Scout trying to make a faster or showier car, an adult leader trying to run a more
effective and enjoyable derby in your pack, or as a person just looking for some good
As is true with anything relating to Scouting, you should explore the Web
site maintained by the U.S. Scouting Service Project, including its page
on Pinewood Derbies at http://usscouts.org/pinewood/index.html.
You can also explore the Net Compass maintained by Scouter
magazine at http://compass.scouter.com, typing
in Pinewood Derby or any other terms to check out a rich array of sites.
The Net Compass or other search engines can take you to a number of
individual pack or other district sites. One worthy of special attention is
maintained by Pack 215 in Walnut Creek, California. This pack's
site can be accessed at http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/9152/pinewood.html.
In their search for maximum speed, some well-meaning but overzealous
parents have been even sought wisdom from experts like Click and Clack, the Tappett
Brothers, from the popular public radio show, Car Talk.
You can enjoy a lively e-mail debate that followed their conversation with a
trying-to-be-helpful Mom at http://cartalk.cars.com/Mail/Derby/,
and you can even hear the audio recording of that conversation at http://cartalk.cars.com/Radio/replayindex97.html
(go to Show 9706 about 80% of the way down the page).
(Cub Scout Parents: Please note that this site is
referenced only because we think you'll enjoy the verbal and written exchanges as much as
we did. If you find yourself stimpulated by some of the e-mail responses to start
modifying your son's car to make it a "Sure Winner," go immediately to the Sportsmanship page associated with our
humble Colonial District site, and keep your blankety-blank-blank paws away from his