NEW!      We are now offering The Judge specifically configured for ....

Space Derby Racing!

Standard Judge finish line capabilities in a 1.75" x 4.0" x 1" enclosure

All components mounted on heavy duty aluminum angle bar

Works indoors or outdoors

Hyper bright indicators, designed for auto brake lights

Low friction bearings for uniform line tension

May be ordered with or without Computer Option Timing

Computer displays elapsed time to .0001 second resolution

Run your races under Pinewood Derby Software. Compatible with DerbyMaster, and GrandPrix,

Electronic Finish Lines

Electronic Timers


How simple and compact can you get? This is what our electronic finish line looks like from the Spaceship's point of view.


The Five Unique Elements of our Space Derby Electronic Finish Line


1. Mirror-smooth, nickel plated brass bearings present very low friction, promoting uniform line tension.


2. Electronics reside in a small box in center of the finish line. Green LED indicates system readiness and timer status. Powered by three AAA cells.

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3. Sensitive kinetic transconductance sensors report the slightest tap from the spaceship carrier. Nothing touches the spaceship. No modifications to the carrier or spaceship.

1st = 100% ON
2nd = 50% flash
3rd = 5% flash
4. Audience sees finishing order displayed by state-of-art Lumileds. Shockingly bright!

5. Finishing order and elapsed time displayed on your computer using Hyperterminal in Windows as shown above. Or, run your entire Space Derby using available Pinewood Derby management programs.


Everyone's a Winner with The Judge


Custom Electronic Finish Line Configurations

We make the Space Derby Judge to fit your specific needs. We do not make the entire Space Derby race track.

An aluminum angle is probably the most practical finish line to consider. It is strong, easy to work with, and lends itself to a wide variety of mounting techniques.

The Space Derby Judge was designed originally for the all aluminum BestTrack Space Derby track shown on the left. Everything is preassembled on the top horizontal angle bar. To upgrade your BestTrack system, send us your 37 inch angle bar, keeping the eyebolts. We will send it back transformed into the finest electronic finish line available. Just drop it back into place and attach with two bolts and nuts.

More information on the BestTrack Conversion

Other configurations are available. We can adapt our components to wood track designs such as the structure posted by Pack 80. Let us know your ideas and we will work with you to create the best system for your situation.

Without Computer Option: $199 + $14 S&H

With Computer Option: $299 + $18 S&H

These prices are for conversion of your BestTrack horizontal bar. If you do not provide the aluminum bar, add $20 and indicate your desired lane spacing and mounting hole details. Prices for other custom designs may vary.

The BestTrack Conversion is considered a Standard Product when considering the New Directions Terms of Sale. Other configurations are considered Special. Please read carefully before ordering.

For instructions on setting up your electronic finish line, click HERE

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