“Nerdy Derby”: Beg, borrow, or make your racing cars!

Have you ever heard of the Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby?

Well – forget it. Well, some of it. Okay – forget most of it!

The “Nerdy Derby” is a no-rules*, anything-goes race of DIY cars on a Pinewood Derby track. We’ll have a “Nerdy Derby” at Mini Maker Faire, in which we’ll be sending vehicles down a Pinewood Derby track. Pretty much anything you can make, that rolls, will qualify.

We mean anything goes!


Image from Discovery News

We want to make sure that everyone knows you can bring a Pinewood Derby or similar sized car or make your own! We will have materials at the Louisville Mini Maker Faire to build your own car, but for that extra special car you may want to get started this weekend.

Tell your friends, parents, former Scout troop members, anyone you think might have something they want to make or race!

For more inspiration, check out www.nerdyderby.com and the awesome stuff going on at this weekend’s World Maker Faire in New York.

*OK, there is ONE rule: the cars must fit on the track. The standard gauge is as follows:

Wheel spacing – The spacing in between the wheels shall not be less than 1 ¾” or greater than 2” in width. The outside of one wheel to the outside of the other wheel must be less than 2 3/4″.

One response to ““Nerdy Derby”: Beg, borrow, or make your racing cars!

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