New Directions

900 Echols Street SE
Vienna, VA 22180    703-319-0840  email

High Performance, Affordable Accessories
for Pinewood Derby, Hot Wheels, BluTrack, Soapbox Derby, and other racing formats.




Terms of Sale


Space Derby
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The Space Derby, while perhaps not as popular as the Pinewood Derby, has a lot going for it. The spaceships travel very fast, however, so attempting to use eyeballs to determine the finishing order is often not practical.

We make a finish line for the 4-Lane BestTrack Space Derby track that uses electronics to display accurately and instantly what happened.

It also can communicate with your computer so that you can run you Space Derby under popular Pinewood Derby software.

Your finish line is a 37 inch aluminum angle bar with six holes. Send it to us, we will make the conversion and return to you complete. When you set up your derby, you will use the hardware supplied by BestTrack.

Compact and inexpensive. Not infrared based: Works indoors or outdoors.

Battery choice: 3xAAA, or single 4LR44.

Prices: Finishing Order only $199.
Computer Option $299.

Computer Option is compatible with DerbyMaster and Grand Prix software.

Each lane has its own sensor, and bright automotive type brakelight LED to show finishing order.

Light Code for Space Derby:  More Light = Faster Spaceship.

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

4th Place

A bright green LED on the control module, visible from the startline, displays the timer status. A winking green means it is ready.

While our design was engineered specifically for BestTrack, it is highly adaptable to many homemade Space Derby structures. The width, lane spacings, and mounting details of our product can be adjusted to fit your situation. Call us to discuss.


Pinewood Derby is a registered trademark of the Boy Scouts of America, Grand Prix is a registered trademark of Awana.
New Directions is not affiliated with any national organization.

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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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Contact: New Directions, 900 Echols Street SE, Vienna, VA 22180 | 703-319-0840 | Email