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following regulations will be strictly enforced. Pack leaders can
prevent later disappointment by enforcing these rules at Pack
1. LENGTH, WIDTH AND CLEARANCE
A. The maximum length of the Derby car shall not
exceed 7 inches.
B. The maximum overall width (including wheels and axles)
shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
C. The minimum width between wheels shall be 1 ¾ inches so
that the car will clear the center guide strip.
D. The wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear
axles) may not be altered from the original slots cut in the
E. The minimum clearance between the bottom of the car and the
track will be 3/8 inch to ensure that the car will clear the center
2. WEIGHT AND APPEARANCE
A. Maximum weight of the Derby car will not
exceed FIVE (5) ounces.
The readings of the official race scales will be considered final
and binding. Cars may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum
weight by the addition of wood and/or metal, provided it is securely
built into the body or firmly affixed to it. Loose materials that
may fall off are not permitted.
B. Mercury is an extremely hazardous material
and may not be used to add weight to a car.
C. Details such as steering wheels, driver, spoiler, decals,
paint and interior details are permissible as long as these details
do not exceed the maximum length, width, weight and clearance
specifications stated previously.
D. Cars with wet paint will not be accepted.
3. BUILDING MATERIALS
A. Cars can only be made from the official BSA
Pinewood Derby Car kit. Only the official BSA Grand Prix wheels and
axles included in the kit can be used. Hand carved pieces of 2 x 4
or balsa, while very creative, are not legal. Likewise, pre-cut
cars like those found in craft and hobby shops (PINEPRO and PINECAR
are a few names that come to mind) are illegal; however, weights and
add-ons sold under those names are authorized. Many parents buy
solid axles and see-through mag wheels – not legal.
B. Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited. Light
sanding of the wheels to remove imperfections in the manufacturing
process is legal, but the wheel contact area will not be
modified by wafering, filing, etc.
C. The derby car shall not ride on springs or any other type
of suspension system.
D. The derby car must be freewheeling with no starting device
or means of propulsion other than gravity.
A. Only dry, powdered lubricants such as graphite
may be used. Regular oils and silicone sprays tend to soften the
wheels and may react with paint to form a glue-like substance.
B. Cars should be lubricated by the owner, parent, guardian or
Pack representative prior to the Pack derby. Additionally, the Pack
representative may lubricate the cars prior to registering them with
the District Pinewood Derby officials. ONCE CARS HAVE BEEN
REGISTERED, ONLY DISTRICT RACE OFFICIALS WILL BE ALLOWED TO HANDLE
PINEWOOD DERBY GUIDELINES
1. RACE FORMAT
A. The District Pinewood Derby is open to all registered Cub
and Webelos Scouts who have placed 1st – 4th
in their division at the Pack level and/or whose cars have been
selected to be judged for Best Effort and Best of Show at the Pack
level. Racers participating in the Open category are not required to
be registered scouters. Regardless of the format of Pack derbies,
there are five divisions at the District Race: Tigers; Wolves;
Bears; Webelos (1st and 2nd year compete
together); and Open. Additionally, Pack leaders may enter odd
numbered Scouts and Scouts who missed their Pack race due to illness
or other valid reason as determined by the Pack committee. The term
“odd numbered Scouts” refers to the following example: If you only
have five Wolves in your Pack derby, instead of entering the top 4
finishers and excluding one Scout, the Pack may register all Five
for the District race. The entries are also open to any other
scouts, adults and siblings who have participated in their Pack
derby and wish to enter and pay the registration fee to see their
car race a few more times. Only one car entry is allowed per person
except for adults who may enter a racer and a show vehicle. The
entry for show is designated as such and will not be raced.
B. Prior to the running of the District race, those cars that
have been identified as Best Effort and Best of Show at the Pack
level will be judged in the same categories at the district level by
a group of impartial, third party judges. If a car does not
get selected in one of these categories at the Pack level, the
owner/participant can register the car for judging at the District
level. Cars entering the District race in this fashion will
not compete for 1st through 4th place. They
will be judged on their merits for Best Effort and Best of Show and
then be removed from the pit area.
C. Cars must be made specifically for the 2006 Pack races.
Cars from previous years, regardless of sentimental attachment, will
not be submitted. Cubmasters please help us enforce this rule.
D. The race format will be double elimination with Scouts
racing according to their division. There will be a race at the
conclusion of the event to determine the fastest car in the
E. If a car jumps the track, that heat will be run again with
the cars switching lanes. If the same car jumps off the track
again, it will automatically lose the heat.
F. If a car leaves its lane and interferes with another car,
it will automatically lose that heat.
G. If a car suffers a mechanical problem, i.e., loses an axle,
breaks a wheel, etc., and a repair can be made in a reasonable
amount of time, the heat will be run again. If not, the car will
automatically lose the heat.
H. The District race will be judged using an electronic lane
timer. There will be two judges at the finish line. The electronic
lane timer will determine the official winner of each heat. In the
event of a failure or obvious error by the lane timer, the judges
may overrule the timer so long as they both agree on the result.
I. District race officials will serve as the official starters
for all heats. Care will be taken to ensure that cars are properly
aligned in the starting gate prior to the heat. If the front and
rear of the car cannot be ascertained, the owner may be called to
the starting area, otherwise, participants will remain at the
finish line area only. This rule applies to OPEN division racers.
THIS RULE WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
The Definition for Best of Show and Best Effort are as
Best of Show- The finest car in detail, finish,
design, etc., but obviously made with help from an adult partner.
Best Effort- The same criteria as best of show except
obviously made by the Scout himself with little outside help.
A. REGISTRATION FEE IS $2.00 PER CAR, DUE AND
PAYABLE AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. PLEASE USE THE ENCLOSED FORM
WHEN REGISTERING FOR YOUR PACK.
B. Primary registration will occur during the March Roundtable
at White Oak High School on Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 between
the hours of 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. The
final day to turn cars in
will be March 26th from 6-7pm
at the Southwest Elementary cafeteria. Any questions, call Amie at
467-6845 or Randy at 455-1940.
NO CARS WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR THE
DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY AFTER MARCH 26th, 2008.
DON’T TEST THIS PROVISION; YOU’LL
WIND UP WITH SOME DISAPPOINTED SCOUTS AND SOME IRATE PARENTS; YOU
MAY EVEN LOSE SOME SCOUTS IN THE ENSUING BROUHAHA, BUT REST ASSURED,
WE WON’T LOSE ANY SLEEP. WE HAVE A FINITE AMOUNT OF TIME TO CONDUCT
THIS RACE AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO SQUANDER IT REGISTERING CARS ON
C. Each car must pass inspection during registration.
Cars not meeting the rules provided in this flyer will not be
accepted. Pack leaders must then
inform the car owner of the violation(s) and give the owner an
opportunity to correct the car to conform to race provisions. Once
the car is inspected and registered, no further inspections are
usually necessary, but at any time a rule violation is noted, the
owner will be notified and given the opportunity to correct the
infraction or risk disqualification.
D. Once a car is registered and payment has been received, the
cars will become the responsibility of the race officials. No
owner, parent, Pack leader, etc., will handle the car until after
the race unless as noted above.
E. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:
8:00-8:30 GATHERING PERIOD
8:30-9:30 TIGER CUB RACE
10:00-11:00 WOLF RACE
11:30-12:30 BEAR RACE
1:00-2:00 WEBELOS RACE
2:30-3:30 OPEN RACE
3:30-4:00 OPEN AWARDS
4:00-4:45 TOP DOG RACE &
F. Be prepared to have your Scouts
on hand ½ hour early to compensate for schedule variations.
G. Sportsmanship, goodwill,
sportsmanship, fun, goodwill, sportsmanship, fun, fun, laughter,
sportsmanship Good luck, good racing and we’ll see you on race day.
2008 W.O.R.D. PINEWOOD DERBY REGISTRATION
CARS MUST BE LABELED WITH OWNERS NAME,
DIVISION AND PACK NUMBER
CUBS 1ST PLACE
BEST OF SHOW
BEST OF SHOW
BEST OF SHOW
BEST OF SHOW
BEST OF SHOW________________________
$2.00 PER CAR