© 2019 by SHAPE 'N RACE

OUR CAR KITS

"Who else wants pinewood derby cars that come with expert craftsmanship, great customer service, and a terrific price?"



No pricey bells and whistles here, just top-quality pinewood derby cars made by a family-owned business committed to excellence and old-fashioned customer service. We sell everything you need to build fast pinewood derby cars that are easy to make.

 

Over the last 25 years, it has brought us great satisfaction to hear how pleased people are with our product and service. We will work hard to make it simple for you to have a great race and are happy to go the extra mile for our customers.

 

EACH CAR KIT COMES WITH ALL YOU NEED. HERE IS WHAT IS INCLUDED:

EACH 1 DOZEN CARS KIT INCLUDES: 12 TOP QUALITY WOODEN BLOCKS

With each order of a dozen car kits come 12 wooden blocks. Each block is 7" long X 1 3/4" wide X 1 1/8" high. This is hand-selected, moulding-grade, clear (knot-free) white pine. We use only hand-selected, molding-grade white pine. Because of this, your car will be guaranteed knot-free. Good wood means you don’t have to worry about your child’s car falling apart due to knots or other major imperfections. Our blocks come with preset axle slots. This is key to fast cars. Because our axle grooves have been sawed on a twin bladed table saw, they are always exactly parallel. Also, our axle slots are perfectly square to provide good alignment. The leading edge of the axle is tapered, making for easier insertion into the axle groove.

EACH 1 DOZEN CARS KIT ALSO INCLUDES: 50 RACING WHEELS

Each order of 12 cars comes with 50 wheels (2 spares). Quite simply, our wheels rock! They have been specifically manufactured with a “racer’s edge.” This means they have a narrower base that is actually touching the track but the overall wheel width is the same. Bottom line? Less friction means your car goes faster. Also, it is not necessary to debur our wheels. During manufacturing, the product is checked regularly to ensure that the wheels are always perfect. This results in only top-quality wheels specifically designed and made for us by our own local manufacturer. Again, our standard wheels are equal or superior to many of the high priced wheels that you can special order. Please note, these are not wheels sanctioned by the BSA.  That will not affect you at all in a local race. But if you plan on advancing racers to regional derbies, you should probably plan on buying BSA wheels.
 

EACH 1 DOZEN CARS KIT ALSO INCLUDES: 50 AXLES

Each order of 12 cars comes with 50 axles (2 spares). Our axles are case-hardened and custom-made for our cars. They have no burr or crimp marks and install without hub caps. Our standard axles are comparable to the high-priced "speed axles" that other companies offer.
 

EACH 1 DOZEN CARS KIT ALSO INCLUDES: INSTRUCTION SHEET

Each order comes with an instruction sheet on how to make the cars, from start to finish.
 

$2600

COMPATIBILITY

Our Shape 'N Race cars are great for local races sponsored by BSA, Awana, YMCA, and other children's organizations, as well as corporate, neighborhood, or community races. Many BSA and Awana groups choose to use our cars instead their officially sanctioned cars because of our lower prices and higher quality product. If your derby plans to send winners on to regional races, the blocks are totally compatible but those winners would need to purchase BSA sanctioned wheels in order to advance. If there is any question about eligibility, please ask the person in charge of your derby to clarify the issue.
 

 

"About a month ago I wanted to order 5 dozen kits and couldn't find you. [So I bought another brand.] About a week after receiving and distributing the kits to the kids I received your post card. Not only did we pay more [for the other brand of car kits] but the "slop" between the wheel and axle is terrible. We try to make our event fair and competitive for all the kids but with competitive dads and "sloppy wheels" it's impossible. No matter what the rules, those with money, time, and resources can fix the "slop". That's not available to all the kids. The winners are suspected of cheating, somehow, and that encourages protests. The officials have to make judgments which are often seen as "taking sides". It's all counter productive to the goals of the event for the kids. Your wheels and axles avoided all that because there is little one can do to improve them. Just lubricate and run them in and it's as good as it's going to get. The kids can concentrate on design and decoration and be competitive on race day. There are a lot less teary eyes and uptight dads!" . . .Don