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What to do before Districts?

Discussion in 'General Pinewood Derby Discussion' started by Keith A., Apr 9, 2019.

  1. Keith A.

    Keith A. Lurking

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    Hey all, first time poster AND first time winner at the pack level! We had a big break between our first event and districts, and I was wondering what everyone does before their next big race. I know I shouldn't mess with a winning car too much, but should I reapply graphite or anything? Is there anything that the length of time has done to my car? I made sure to keep it in an airtight ziplock bag to avoid humidity here in Florida. Anything else?
     
  2. Brian Stanley

    Brian Stanley Pinewood Ninja

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    Keep it off the wheels and re-graphite is what I would recommend.
     
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    Mojo Racing National Contender Pro Racer

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    Good move with the Ziploc bag... Like Brian Stanley said... just graphite before the race.
     
  4. Brian Stanley

    Brian Stanley Pinewood Ninja

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    I have a co-worker whose Scout Pack has inspection and check-in the day before the race. I told him he should keep the car in a dehumidifying box, transfer it to a zip lock bag to take to the site and pull it out right before inspection, then hope for a high humidity night! Who knows if it would make a difference!
     
  5. DuckOfAllTrades

    DuckOfAllTrades League Racer

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    I would recommend checking the District rules. One to make sure your car is legal, and two to make sure your car will be competitive. Our District rules are different than our Pack rules. Last year, my car was illegal and had to fix it to comply at the race. This year we had to build a new car to be competitive with the new rule set.

    Otherwise I would echo what’s been said.
     
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    DuckOfAllTrades League Racer

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    Also, if you do have early check in the night before, take advantage of it! If there is a problem with the car, you can fix it and try again the next day.
     
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    Roger Osborne Hammering Axles

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    Clean the Wheels
     

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