The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular events in Cub Scouting. Every year more than a million boys and parents team up to carve their cars; decorate them; weigh, adjust, and finally race them. Since 1953, this partnership of parent and son has become a symbol of the event's success. The boys are anticipated to do the majority of the work on their car. But we know that parents can't help not assisting. All we ask is that it be your boy's design and that he do as much of the work as he is capable. Adults should perform any work requiring the use of power tools or any other hazardous hand tools. Any car verified as having been done by an adult will be disqualified at all levels.
The following rules have been adopted by Pack 21 to ensure a fair and fun race for everyone!
* The Pinewood Derby is open to all Cub Scouts.
* Scouts must be present to race.
* Cars should be built by the Cub Scout with Adult supervision.
* Car must be built from the official BSA kit provided.
* NO purchased, prebuilt cars will be allowed.* NO cars raced in previous years will be allowed.
* Cars are to be built according to the kit instructions included with car.
*** SEE INSTRUCTIONS IN CAR KIT FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS ***
General kit instructions
Width Overall width shall not exceed 2-3/4” Minimum width shall not be less than 1-3/4”
Length Overall length shall not exceed 7”
Weight Shall not exceed 5 ounces as weighed on official track scale.
Clearance Minimum bottom clearance shall be no less than 3/8”
Wheels Wheels and axles are to be those included with the kit (no exceptions). Wheels and axles may be sanded to remove the flashing only...NO reductions in the width, diameter or shape of the wheels is allowable.
Bearings Wheel bearings or washers are prohibited.
Springing Cars shall not ride on any type of springs.
Attachments Cars shall be free wheeling with no starting devices.
Loose Materials No loose materials will be allowed on the cars.
NO rolling or sliding weights allowed on cars.
Lubricants The only lubricant allowed is dry graphite. Lubricants must be applied before check-in.
Detailing Detailing (stickers, accessories, figures, etc) are allowable as long as they do not exceed the above mentioned dimensions.
***ALL DECISIONS OF THE RACE COMMITTEE AND RACE OFFICIALS ARE FINAL***
Registration Doors open at 8:30am on Race Day. Cars must be “race ready” when you arrive. All are REQUIRED to be weighed and registered on Friday January 30th 2009 from 6-8pm.
* NO CARS WILL BE ADMITTED FOR ENTRY AFTER THAT TIME UNLESS OTHERWISE ARRANGED WITH DARLENE OR JUSTIN.
* NO test runs before the event.
* Once cars are weighed in and inspected, they are to be placed on the “PIT TABLE” for the night and are to be handled by race officials only.
* Cars will be placed on the starting line and returned from the finish line by race officials only.
* Cars WILL NOT be worked on at any time after they have been weighed and inspected or at any time during the race except under the express consent of the Race Committee. * If any car loses any material (including weights, not including tires) during a race or after it crosses the finish line, those items will remain OFF the car for the remainder of the derby.
* Lost wheels may be replaced by the SCOUT at the discretion and the express consent of the Race Committee. If the SCOUT requires assistance, then a parent or guardian may assist with oversight from the Race Committee.