May 8-9, 2017
The Grand National Pine Car Derby was held at the First Baptist Church in Milford, Ohio, on May 8th and 9th of 2017. Over 200 cars entered the event and each Club church had the opportunity to enter their twelve fastest cars in this National competition that awards trophies for speed and appearance. GrandPrix Race Manager computer software was used for the entire event to establish heats, record times and speeds, and to calculate the overall winners for each division. You can view the final results for the racing for each division by clicking here. The Master Ministries staff voted separately for the eight different categories for appearance trophies and the winning cars were the ones that received the most votes. Please take a moment to review our photos of the event – many of these cars show wonderful creativity!
2017 Grand Nationals Photo Gallery
Four Age Divisions:
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies awarded in each age category:
1st-3rd Grade Boys
1st-3rd Grade Girls
4th-6th Grade Boys
4th-6th Grade Girls
Awards Also Include:
Trophies in each age division for:
- Most Aerodynamic
- Most Biblical
- Most Creative
- Most Detail
- Most Historic
- Most Humorous
- Most Patriotic
- Most Realistic
Pine Car Specifications: All cars raced in the National Derby must have been built from the official Master Club Race Car Kit for $5.00.
Maximum car size including wheels is 7 inches long and 2.75 inches wide.
Minimum width between wheels is 1.75 inches.
Minimum ground clearance between car and track is 3/8 of an inch.
Maximum car weight is 5 oz. (Metal or wood may be added after the car is complete to maximize this weight.)
No wheel bearings, bushings, springs, starting devices, loose or moving weights or parts are allowed.
Wheels must be mounted with nail axles purchased from Master Ministries in the Pine Car kit. All others will be disqualified.
Complete instructions for building the car are included in the kit which you can download for free at the bottom of this page.
Each church is allowed to enter up to 12 cars:
1st-3rd grade may enter 3 boy's cars and 3 girl's cars
4th-6th grade may enter 3 boy's cars and 3 girl's cars
Each car must:
Be built from an official Master Club kit according to specifications listed above.
Have a label attached to the underside of the car with the child's full name, grade, gender, and name and address of the church.
With each shipment, please include a digital picture of each of your contestants on a CD disc. Please mark the disc with your church name, city, and state. Must be accompanied with a "bust shot" picture of the child holding the car.
All cars must be received into our warehouse by May 1, 2017.
Please pack all cars carefully to avoid damage to the cars.
All cars will be shipped back to the sending church after the race if you include $10 per church for return shipping and handling. With each shipment, please include a digital picture of each of your contestants on a CD disc. Please mark the disc with your church name, city, and state. Must be accompanied with a "bust shot" picture of the child holding the car.
Please ship cars to:
1369C Woodville Pike
Milford, OH 45150
Visit the Pine Car Derby Planning page to learn more about running a derby at your church!