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“WINNING INGREDIENTS FOR SOAP BOX DERBY RACERS”

I wrote "Winning Ingredients" in 1992 to help new and experienced Soap Box Families understand the science that makes their racer run and make them more competitive. I am happy to say I have accomplished that. I accomplished that, because when I would sell my book in Akron and ask people as they passed by if they had a copy of "Winning Ingredients," they would often say, "Yes we do, that's why we are here!"

The original Winning Ingredients is written for cars you designed yourself. It has great detail about different types of Suspension and their importance. It also has great detail about the design for the best aerodynamics to win the race.

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"WINNING INGREDIENTS FOR SOAP BOX DERBY KIT CARS"

KIT CARS, now have a book to help you build a winning car. As with the original "Winning Ingredients," this book explains the science that goes into the winning cars. Aerodynamics, Suspension, Weight Management, and Alignment are just a few of the 10 chapters to help you have a Winning Car.

If you purchase this book and after 30 days do not feel you learned anything from it, return it undamaged and I will return the books price minus shipping to you.

"WINNING INGREDIENTS FOR KIT CARS" has 306 Pages, 120 Figures, 35 Photos, and 10 tables to give you the best information available. The new Tool Chapter can save you hundreds of dollars!

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WINNING INGREDIENTS FOR YOU

I wrote Winning Ingredients to help families jump start their SBD experience. I wrote it to help the family understand the science that makes your car go. I wrote it so the drivers that are in their teens can read and understand the science outlined in this book. They can perform the experiments in this book and learn how to make their car more competitive.

Building a Soap Box Derby car is not easy, even for adults. Winning Ingredients will be with you from the parts inspection to the testing of your car to find that extra speed. This book gives you an advantage over your competition. You will not tell your friends you have the book for fear they will get one too.

I LOVE SOAP BOX DERBY

Soap Box Derby is such a great sport. Derby drivers learn mechanics, science, teamwork, and much more. Also, Mom or Dad are always there to help along the way. Whether it’s getting beat or winning an important race, the family is there to guide and support.

CROSS BIND TIPS

CROSS BIND is one of the things that can slow your car down and keep you from placing. Even seasoned Soap Box Derby Families have problems with this. The importance of solving CROSS BIND cannot be overstated.

CROSS BIND is often difficult to measure and when you think you have it under control you measure it only to find it has raised its ugly head again. CROSS BIND is a problem in the starting gate and as you travel down the track.

In the following Race Tips I'll describe What is CROSS BIND, How does it hurts you, How do you measure it, and How to get rid of it.

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NDR RACE MANUAL

The National Derby Rallies Ass. has written a RACE MANUAL that can help all Regional and Local race Directors. This book is very through. It covers everything from selecting the site for the race down to how many people are required to run the race. It also has a chart telling your how long your race will take depending on the number of participants. Select the following to download this manual. http://www.ndr.org/stuff/wp-content/uploads/2012-13-NDR-Race-Manual-11-27-12.pdf

The NDR has always been very specific with how a race should be run and how the participants should handle themselves.

DIRTY TRICKS

Your Derby education is not complete until you know the tricks that can be performed to gain an unfair advantage. This subject is often neglected because if you know the dirty tricks some assume you perform them. Nothing could be further from the truth. We need to know the dirty tricks to keep them from being used against our families. Knowledge is power.

I did a lot of research to make sure this is accurate information. Approaching people to ask what they know about Dirty Tricks can make them uneasy. LOL However, I found some who were very knowledgeable and willing to share what they know.

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RACE PROTOCOL

In the 80's the NDR Race Manual listed how the two racing teams should handle themselves and their car when they are called up to race. At this time I cannot find it. I remember most of it and will write it for your viewing. At most races no one seems to care what the two racing teams do when they are racing each other. The following is the Race Protocol to follow when you are racing.

RACE PROTOCOL

The purpose of this protocol is to have you and your opponent follow the same rules and police each other. The officials can’t see everything, and this cuts down on any questions or suspicions later in the race. If you are with a new racer, helping them with the rules. If there are any questions about what someone is doing, notify the Director or other official.

  • When you are called to race you will proceed to the wheel exchange area within a time limit determined by the Race Director.
  • You and your opponent will only exchange wheels in the proper area.
  • During wheel swap, make sure you and your opponent’s wheels are correctly placed.
  • Do not touch your wheels except for wheel exchange. Follow the rules for touching or wiping of the wheels as given by the Director.
  • You and your opponent and your cars will stay next to each other from the time you exchange wheel, travel to the top of the hill, get in line to race, exit the bottom of the hill after the A phase, load onto transportation to the top of the hill, exchange all 4 wheels, get in line to race B phase, exit the track after the B phase and exchange wheels after the race.
  • In the event there is a shaded and sunny area, the competitors will stay together at all times. Race cars will enter or exit shaded and sunny areas together.
  • When waiting in line for phase A you will line up in the outside of the lane so the B Phase racers can go up the middle and ahead of the A phase racers.
  • After your 4 wheels are traded, B phase racers will proceed up the middle of the line to race together and proceed ahead of all A phases racers.
  • In the event you and your opponent are going across the scales at the same time, each opponent will observe the weighing of their opponent and agree to the weight.

 

TUNE UP YOUR WHEELS

Clean the outside of your wheels. They will be back to their whitest or blackest color in a short time with little effort.

Check the speed of your wheels and organize them according to speed. This simple method of checking your wheels speed can be complete in a very short time.

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