I'm going to dig the track out of the crawl space tonight, set it up and do a test and tune to get the cars running at their best. Plan to mail them on Friday.
That oil division last year was really fast. I doubt we can compete there as most of our experience is with graphite, but it was still fun giving it a try.
I'll post an update after the test runs have been done.
All the cars were built identically, but there are some big differences in times. My adult car beats my son's graphite car by about .01 (which is a pretty big difference). Difference probably due to my better axle and bore prep and maybe the wood frame being lighter, allowing for slightly different weight placement.
The really interesting thing was the oil car. It is .02 faster than the fastest graphite car. Amazing what a difference oil makes.
Also interesting was comparing our District Champ car with these MA cars. The District Champ car was about .02 slower than the MA graphite cars. I think this is mainly due to the 1.4 gram wheels and better axles on the MA cars as opposed to the 2.6 gram (unmodified) wheels on the District car and BSA axles.
I'll be building boxes tonight along with one last test run for each car (after having glued the axles in place and covered the bottoms with aluminum tape).
We may not be able to watch the MA live as we've done in past years. Our Scout Show is the same Saturday as the MA race this year.
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Awana Grand Prix and Pinewood Derby racing - Where a child, an adult and a small block of wood combine for a lot of fun and memories.
Shipped them out over lunch today to the Mid-America team. They should be there by Saturday or Monday.
Our part is now done. I sure hope Greg has plenty of volunteers lined up as managing all those cars must be a logistical nightmare. Sure glad he takes it on!
Nice performance at the MA. Enjoyed watching you kick my butt. My son still got a trophy for top 6 in Webelos and I got to support the race. Now just waitin on my swag