A picture of the fastest pinewood derby car?

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i cannot give you a picture but i know that mine have always won in the small competitions i compete in. its always safe to go with a wedge. and put weight in the back but also in the front. you dont want the car tipping forward. not good. probably best to go with a little more weight in the back but not my too much. ya know what im sayin?

im only 13 but i think im right. i just love cars and love racing my tiny wood ones! :)

~josette :)

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A good question, but one that is difficult to answer. You see, most Pinewood Derbies are held at the local levels. There is no "national" Pinewood Derby races that allow us to determine which car is considered "the fastest". Best answer I can give you is that in 2005, the BSA held a national Pinewood Derby Race, in honor of the 75th Cub Scouting Anniversary, in Irving, Texas. The winner of that race was a car called the Brett Bullet. If you go into Google Images and search on that name, a picture of the car will be displayed. This is the only car that has ever been named as "national champion" and there has never been another national race since.

Now there are a few Pinewood Derby Racing Leagues out there, that do annual racing circuits, of which one of the most well known is the Lima Land Open, in Lima, Ohio. If you go out to Google and search on the words "Lima Land Open", you will find their site and pictures of past winners from past divisions. This is probably the best answer one can come up with to your question.

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