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How to Win Your Awana Grand Prix Derby Race

       Awana Grand Prix Racers...If you came directly to this page from a search engine or another site, you need to click here or on the banner above to go to "How to Win a Pinewood Derby." Come and visit!
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Pinewood Derby Winners testimonies

Awana Grand Prix Winner's Testimonies!

Awana Grand Prix Pinewood Car Winner!
        "I just wanted to drop you a line to add to your Awana Grand Prix testimonies. I am a firm believer in the techniques that Winning Edge teaches in helping pine car builders overcome the imperfections in the car kits to build winners. Our Awana club started offering the Awana Grand Prix in 2006. Our first year, before learning speed techniques, my twins won 2nd and 3rd place speed trophies in the Sparks class, and the youngest took 2nd place speed and 3rd place Design in the Adult/Cubbies class. In the years since '06, our family has built twelve more cars. We did not compete in '09 and I learned this year that there were some who were glad we didn't. In each of the four years we have competed, including this year, we have come home with no fewer than 3 trophies. In our second year, we took first in speed in the Adult/Cubbies class. In '08, we took home 2 firsts in speed ? Adults and Sparks. This year, we grabbed a 1st in speed in Sparks and a 3rd and 4th place in speed in the 3rd-6th grade class. Through the years, we've built 15 cars, and have won 15 trophies for Speed and Design. You cannot go wrong in purchasing the Winning Edge's book How to Build a Winning Pinewood Derby Car. The techniques are not hard to understand, and your child will be thrilled to watch their car speed to victory heat after heat. At the end of the day, seeing their beaming smile as they are called up to receive their trophy makes the entire experience unforgettable. Make the investment, get started, and have fun bonding with your child in a new way!" Greg Elvestad, Portland OR


Firm Believer
        "Just wanted to let you know that my sons (ages 6 and 10) just competed in their first Awana Grand Prix. Using your book as our guide, my 10 year old took overall 3rd place and my 6 year old took overall 2nd (missed first by 1/100th of a second)!!! I am a firm believer in your tips. Thanks for everything!!!" Richard, Mar. 2009 


In Awe of our Speed!
        "I wrote you a couple of weeks ago when we took first place in design and speed in our AWANA Gran Prix. Well, yesterday we had the Regionals. I told my son that he probably would not win. There was a ton of cars that showed up. When the races started I was pumped and couldn't wait for my sons turn. The racing was unreal. Our car was so quick out of the gate, that it looked like it was cheating, and then when it hit the straight away, it would run off and leave the rest. It did that all day. My son took first by the way. The best part was at the end, they lined up all the first place cars, and my son beat them so bad that they were in awe. There was always, in every race, at least a 1 inch gap between the back of my son's car and the front of the next car. In some races there was as much as 6-10 inches. After the races were all done, there were a lot of curious dads that wanted to "handle" and check out his car. The regional director could not believe how much faster it was than all the rest. My friends said that this car could have only been better if financed by NASA (Ha! Ha!). The Lord blessed our efforts well! Thanx!" Randy Viau, Bark River, MI


Whole Family Wins
        "Our children have been racing in AWANA races for 6 years and have never won a speed trophy. I decided to order your booklet and carefully build four cars. I was a little unsure that these cars would win. BOY, WAS I WRONGGGGG!!!! During the competion it became quite evident that we had built WINNERS. Many of the races were won by a long stretch. The cars were slow off the mark but seemed to accelerate on the straight-away. My youngest daughter was the first finalist, my son was the next finalist, and my oldest daughter was the third finalist. That meant that three of our cars were in the final race. My car made it easily into the finals for the adults. In the final races we took first, second, and third prize. For the adults, my car won first. The hardest thing was to not tell all the secrets. Thanks for all the great suggestions." Bryan Gelyk and family, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada


Last Race, First Place
        "Just a quick note of thanks for your excellent booklet. Last week we took first place in our AWANA Grand Prix in SPEED. My son is 12 years old, so this was his last race. It is great that he could finish his pinewood racing as a FIRST PLACE winner. Again, many thanks for your very helpful information. God bless." J. M. Curry, Fairfax, Virginia


An Awesome Time
        "My boys, Andy and Alex, ages 12 and 9 respectively, had their Awana Grand Prix last weekend. Proudly displayed on their night stands next to their cars are first and third place trophies. We had an awesome time. God Bless and thanks." Ken Conrad, Benton Harbor, MI


Awana Competition Win
        "I thought that I would e-mail you to let you know that I followed your recipe for the design and construction of two pinewood derby cars. My boys took first and eighth place in the speed category out of approximately 40 cars. It was an AWANA competition. Thanks for your booklet! May the Lord bless you!" D. Scott Dye, San Antonio, TX


Division Domination
        "Just wanted to drop you a note and thank you for the information in the book!!!...Our church had our AWANA Grand Prix today and we had two entries this year (3rd and 6th grades)...We've done fairly well the past two years, a speed first and two design trophies, but it was always close...Not so this year!!!...Both cars totally dominated every heat they were in!!!...We had one car that hit some debris on the track its first run and flew off the track...It had to make it to the winners circle the long way by winning 3 additional "losers" elimination heats...Once in the finals though, it wasn't even close!!!...The other car not only won its division, it wound up beating all the other division winners for unofficial "bragging rights" as the fastest car in the whole AWANA club (approx. 140 kids)...This includes 3rd grade through high school!!!...I knew a few of the tips you described, but not the whole package...You really drew it all together...My boys and I thank you!!!" Jon (Dad), Andrew (6th), and Peter (3rd) Watkins, Tehachapi, CA


A Father Bonds
        "I wanted to write to you to let you know that my son won the AWANA Pinewood Derby this past December. To say I was proud is an extreme understatement. I was as excited as my son, who, frankly did not know about the booklet I purchased from you. Several things crossed my mind while preparing for the race. First, it was fun to be with my son in the preparation, second the completed car was really neat (Even though we did not win the best looking car award) it was so fast! I learned a lot from your booklet, not things that are secret or not able to be thought out but good strategy points. Thanks again, and God Bless!" Rand Moritzky, Lakewood, Colorado


Little Things Made the Difference
        "We just won! Fellowship Bible Church North AWANA just had their fall pinewood derby race and our car, using the winning edge spec, won the race. There were about 95 cars in the field. They used some pretty sophisticated equipment this time and measured the actual clock speeds of all the cars. My son's car placed 5th in the first heat. In the second heat, the car scorched the track, shaving 6/100ths of a second off the time to seat him in first place. He was never toppled the rest of the evening. And you were right about every "little" thing - the difference between our car and second place was less than 2/100ths of a second. You were also right about the "burst of speed" at the bottom of the ramp. I love science! This is so exciting! Thank you so much for leading us in the right direction - after two years of double-elimination and not even making it to the "third heat" - it was an exciting "day at the races".. Best wishes" David and Jacob Birmingham, Plano, Texas


Every Detail Counts!
        "Last year we ordered the Winning Edge booklet and followed your standards for a winning car. We entered the race in our AWANA "lower clubs" and out of 88 cars, our car won first place. This year we entered in the "upper clubs" and knew the competition would be greater because most of these kids have been racing four and five years. But we followed the same standards, with greater attention to the details and the new car was even faster than last year's car! Out of over sixty cars - first place AGAIN! The race track used an electronic device to clock the cars. In both this year and last year, the top three winning cars were decided within several hundredths of a second. Every detail counts! Thank you so much for sharing this information." David and Jacob Birmingham, Plano, Texas


First Trophy Praise
        "Just wanted you to know that I helped my daughter build her Awana Pinewood Derby car using your information and she came in FIRST place for speed! She was very excited (so was the rest of the family) and was very proud of winning her first trophy. Thanks for the information and also for providing it to the rest of us. Shelby (age 10) also wanted to pass this along: Thank you very much for helping me win my first trophy, and for providing your helpful information. Brian M. Bass and Shelby E. Bass, Apex, NC


Thanks for the Secrets
        "Last Sunday my girls raced their pinewood derby cars through the Awana Club in town. Our "TNT" gal won first place! My husband (of course) was so proud! Thanks for the secrets!" Heidi Murray, Greenville, CA


Unbelievable Results
        "My daughter and I were very excited to be building her first Awana Grand Prix car, but had no idea which aspects were important and which were not. After reviewing your booklet, discussing the designs with my daughter, and deciding we really wanted to win, we set out putting every suggestion you offered, within our club rules, into her car. Real quality time. We not only won, but went undefeated. Of 25 cars entered, not one even challenged. We were accelerating on the flat while the competition was starting to slow. The techniques from your guide are fool-proof, as long as care is taken in the building process. The look on my daughters face after she took the final, and winning heat, in the 1st place series was a real joy. Before we purchased your guide, I asked my daughter which she wanted to try for a win in...speed or design, and when she said speed, I knew we needed help. Thank you. We couldn't have done it without you. I hope other kids can get their parents to use your techniques...without them, there is NO COMPETITION!" Tim & Piper Waite, Kalamazoo, MI


Very Effective Manual
        "I would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for a simple, yet very effective manual on building a pinewood derby car. After a very disappointing year with my 5th grade daughter's AWANA Grand Prix race, I decided that I needed help! That's when I found your website. Using your techniques almost to the letter my (now 6th grade) daughter and I built her car and arrived for the race. What a surprise! Our car was not only holding its own, but was winning. I am proud to say that we won 2nd Place out of over 60 entries! Incidently, the car that we lost to was using your manual's techniques also. Thanks again. Your system really worked. Everyone thinks I am an expert!" Randy Cason, CEO, Southwest Regional Medical Center


Less Than 24 Hours!
        "Well, we just had our Awana Derby and since we only had less than 24 hours since your email..........our son came in 2nd place!!! Yahoo! Next year we will follow the manual when we get it in the mail. Thanks for your help!!" Dolores Holler, Greenville, MI


Taking Top Prize
        "I just wanted to write you a letter thanking you for the tips that you have accumulated. Upon receiving your book my son and I built our first car using your secrets. At the race (Awana Grand Prix) my son's car won all 14 races and took home the 1st place trophy. I was a little nervous at first, but after the first heat (when the car blew the others away!) I could tell we had the best car there! My son was so happy to take the top prize! Thanks again for the great book." Scott Whitbeck, Lancaster, CA


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