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900 Echols Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180    703-319-0840

High Performance, Affordable Accessories for
Pinewood Derby, Hot Wheels, Soapbox Derby, and other racing formats.

Pinewood Derby and Hot Wheels Tracks

We don't build tracks. But if you are in the market for one, here are some track builders who make quality products.  We make electronic start gates and finish lines that fit them all. We have interesting and affordable concepts that are worth a look. Your track salesman will naturally steer you to his accessories, but they might not be best for you. Shop around! You have choices.


131 Oakridge Drive
Forest City, IA 50436

TEL: 641-585-2299

An all-aluminum track concept. from 1 to 8 lanes. We make fifteen products specifically for this track.



10007 Old Union Road
Union, KY, 41091

TEL: 888-693-3729
FAX: 859-384-7374

Premium quality aluminum Freedom Track up to 6 lanes. We have two start gates for this fine track..

Make Tracks Company

192 Lovejoy Road
Sparta, TN 38583

TEL: 931-935-8201
FAX: 931-935-8203

Economical wood tracks in 2, 3, 4, and 6 lanes.  Make Track customers often choose The Judge.


1228 Northgate Business Pkwy
Madison, TN 37115


A smooth, fast plastic track that assembles without tools. We now offer a Transponder for this track.

Our finish lines fit them ALL.

So do our start gates and light trees.

S&W Crafts

P.O. Box 5501
Pasadena, CA 91117

TEL: 626-793-2443
FAX: 626-793-5216

Economical 3 lane wood tracks.  You must do some assembly work. These guys have been around forever, and know the Derby business.

Derby Magic

2785 Walnut Lake Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48323

TEL: 248-996-8422

A precision plastic track.

We make a special finish line for this track.




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1116 East 7th Street
Pella, IA 50219
TEL: 641-780-1892

An easy to acquire track for Hot Wheels cars.

We make a special finish line for this track.

Considering Making Your Own Track?

Making a track is not that difficult, if you have the tools, time and inclination.  Plans are available from the Boy Scouts in Irving TX, although details are not "cast in concrete".  Recommended and most popular dimensions are 32 feet long (four 8 foot sections), and 3.50" center-to-center lane spacing.  A three lane track seems to be the most popular, and most economical to make because all sections can be cut from a single sheet of plywood.  The track deck will be about 11 and 7/8" wide, losing a little bit to sawdust.

Pinewood Pro offers a great plan for a wooden track.

A typical track has the start gate about 48 to 55 inches above the finish line.  The hallmark of a good track design is that it is easy to set up, easy to take down, and stable when assembled.   The feature worth concentrating on is the joints between the track sections:  you will want to minimize the "click clack" as the cars go from one section to another.

Some track designs are constant angle all the way down.  Others are curved, with the beginning rather steep, and then leveling out so the last section or two is flat on the floor.

There are two methods of holding a car in its lane:  The straddle guide, and the curb guide.  The straddle guide is a single strip of wood, most often a standard lath strip, available at your lumber store sized 1 and 5/8" wide, and 3/16" thick.  The picture on the opening page shows the straddle guide, and most tracks are made like this.  In the curb guide track, the cars are trapped between strips of wood which are usually 1/4" or more thick.  The curb guide has the advantage of greater ground clearance and weights can be tacked on the bottom of the car.

The most often discussed problem with large tracks is that the wood becomes warped in time, making joints between track sections rough and unreliable.  It is difficult to keep the races fair when some of the lanes tend to throw the cars off the track.  Pinewood Derby is definitely a case where bigger is not necessarily better.  With electronic finish lines, and especially under computerized derby management software, you will be truly amazed at how many races you can run in an hour.  But if you have the storage space and the carpentry talents to address the issues mentioned, it is your call.  We make start gates and finish lines for any size or dimension tracks up to 8 lanes.