We are pleased to offer an affordable Pinewood Derby Timer System for 4 Lane tracks.  Everything is included to install the hardware on your track.  The software runs on Windows 7, 8 and 10.




Our 4-lane Pinewood Derby Timer System is economical but it does have a lot of features.  The storage of the race data such as cub names, times and ranking is done in Excel.  Excel also manages the entire race and determines who was first, second, third, etc. in each race.  Excel can easily handle over 100 cub scouts and determine who has the winning car.


NOTE - We have a new version of our software that does not need or use Excel.  The software stores the cub scout race information in text files.  It works very well and you don’t need Excel. 

It has the option to find the average race time or the fastest at the click of a button.  It also displays the results of the previous race together with the current winning cubs.


We are shipping both versions of the software with your purchase so you can decide which one you want to use.


The system is complete and includes everything (hardware and software) for a four-lane track (minimum 2 and maximum 4).  You can use this system on any track with from two to four lanes.  It is completely adjustable in both the hardware and software.


The hardware includes a start gate and a finish line with four finish line sensors.  The sensors respond to room light and are easy to install under each track lane.  The race clock is in the computer software and is started when you open the start gate.  A Pinewood Derby race takes about three seconds.  The race clock runs for 10 seconds but can be easily adjusted for a shorter time that you can choose. 


The software talks to the Excel spreadsheet program and can read and write race information to Excel. 


A sample worksheet is provided and you can input your cub scout race information several days before the race.






The electronics hardware is mounted in a small black box.  The USB cable is on one end.  This cable connects to the computer.   The sensors connect to 4 jacks on the opposite end.   The unit runs on a 9-volt battery.  There is an On/Off switch and a reset button.  An led in the center of the box shows the status of the start gate.  There are four led lane indicators that show the status of the sensor in each lane.  The led lane indicator will turn on when the sensor is tripped and when a car crosses the finish line.  This unit is easy to use and connect.  Everything is done from the computer.


The sensors respond to room light. 


The start gate is shown below.  This track has three lanes.  The levers protruding from the track drop down when the race starts.



The finish line has an overhead bridge and two posts.  All the pieces are made from pinewood.




Most Pinewood Derby timers are accurate to 1 millisecond (3 decimal places).  Our timer is far more accurate and gives time measurements with 7 decimal places.




The program window to the left shows the decimal places that are measured.  A typical race takes about three seconds so these cars are fast.


There will never be any arguments when the times are compared.


Excel stores a number as it is shown to the left even though in the screen below only three decimal places are shown.


You can change how many decimal places get displayed.




The pictures above show the Excel program with the sample worksheet loaded and the Timer window on top.  The large digits are only an indicator. The actual time measurements have 7 decimal places.


The software is written for Microsoft Windows computers running Windows Vista, 7 or 8.  Our timer system connects to the computer with a USB connection.


There are also sound effects that can be accessed by clicking on buttons.  “Gentlemen start your engines” is one very familiar sound.




Included with the system is a webcam.  At your race registration the webcam is used to take a picture of each cub’s car.  A picture of the car alone can be taken or a picture of the cub holding his car.  Each cub will be registered with a number.  The first cub is number 1, the second cub is number 2, etc.  You can devise your own numbering system if you like.  The picture is stored using the cub’s number.  The picture for cub 1 would be stored as 1.jpg.  The advantage of using the included webcam (instead of a digital camera) is that the picture file can easily be numbered and saved directly on the computer in the appropriate folder.



The included webcam connects using a USB connection





If a projection screen (or second monitor) is used then the pictures can be displayed along with the winning race information.  After all the cub pictures have been taken (at registration) the webcam can be placed at the start gate to show the cars at the start of each race. 


There are buttons in the software to display the webcam image and also race information.


You do not have to use the webcam or have pictures to use the system.




If you are using a laptop, a projection screen (or large TV monitor) can be connected and the ranking and winners of each race can be displayed there.  Note the pictures of the cars.  The projection screen will show the screen below:




Each cub should get some recognition for all the work that was put into building his car.  What better way than to show a picture of his car on the projection screen.




This system includes all the hardware and software necessary for you to run a Pinewood Derby race with your cub scouts.  The system will work on tracks with from 2 to 4 lanes.  The software runs on Windows 7, 8 or 10.  A USB port is needed on your computer.  You must also have a copy of the Microsoft Excel software program installed on your computer.  This system costs $169 and includes everything just mentioned.  The shipping costs are $12.


Click on the button to buy this item.  Please allow two weeks for delivery.  We ship using USPS Priority Mail.





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