Derby Timer™ - Pinewood Derby Timer

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[3/29/2015] We are done producing complete timers for the 2014-2015 season.  If you would like to design and build your own stand and enclosure, an electronics only pinewood derby timer kit is available here.

Derby Timer™ is designed to be an affordable but fully featured track timer for Pinewood Derby style racing.

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After experiencing my first AWANA Grand Prix and Cub Scout Pinewood Derby with my kids, I was shocked at the high cost of finish line timers.  The cost was just too high for these non-profit kid centered organizations.  I thought I could build a better derby timer at a more affordable price.  The result is Derby Timer.

Randy Lisano, developer of the GrandPrix Race Manager event management software, has posted a Derby Timer review, after running an AWANA Grand Prix event with Derby Timer.

Derby Timer Displays:

  • Finish order of each lane, on a 1" digit
  • 4 digit lane time, displayed at .56"
  • Lane time display alternates to show lane time difference from first place car
  • Lane number display at .39" (no confusion!)

    Other Features:

    • 1/2000 second accuracy [4 lane]
    • Serial USB connection ability (at no extra cost!)
    • Official supported in GrandPrix Race Manager v14 event management software.  Select "Derby Timer" in the "Hardware Settings" screen.
    • 3.5" lane width (Contact for custom width)
    • FCC Class B Tested/Compliant Device

    What's Included with Derby Timer?

    • Derby Timer Finish Line Display
    • Under track mount sensors
    • 15' USB Cable
    • Magnetic starting gate switch (GATE NOT one suited to your track)
    • 50' starting gate wire

    What NOT included with Derby Timer™?

    1. USB power supply...use a 500ma+ cell phone charger, get power adapter here, or use a PC.
    2. Starting a gate suited to your particular track.  The (included) gate proximity switch can be screwed or glued on.
    3. Event management software...Derby Timer includes as text based PC interface that can be accessed through a COM port, with software like TerraTerm, or GrandPrix Race Manager Pro.  Derby Timer is great, stand-alone, without any PC software required.
    4. Want to use a PC, and prefer to have it at the starting line?  A USB Extension is available to allow the PC to be up to 47' from the finish line.


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