Pinewood Derby Rules & Regulations!!
CHATHAM PACK 24 PINEWOOD DERBY 2015
Jan 10th – Pinewood Derby Workshop 8:30a – 12 noon
Rich Ferrara's House
20 Evergreen Road, Chatham, NJ 07928
Jan 23rd – Set Up at Fish & Game
Volunteers meet at Stanley Church @ 8:00PM
94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham, NJ
Jan 24th – Race Day at Fish & Game
All Scouts should arrive @ 2:00PM for weigh-in
41 Fairmount Ave, Chatham, NJ 07928
Break Down at Fish & Game
Volunteers Meet at F&G @ 5:30PM
41 Fairmount Ave, Chatham, NJ 07928
RACE DAY SCHEDULE
2:00PM – 2:45PM – Weigh-in (All Scouts)
3:00PM – 3:30PM – Tiger Race
3:00PM – 4:30PM – Wolf Race
4:30PM – 5:00PM – Bear Race
5:00PM – 6:00PM – Webelos Race
Everyone racing should arrive at 2:00pm to weigh their car & make any minor adjustments as
necessary. The car must be as close to 5oz as possible prior to race day as you won’t have much time to fix it race day. The last thing we want to happen is to turn a scout away from racing because his car is too heavy, too tall, etc. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Larry West at firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICIAL PINEWOOD DERBY RULES
Length, Width and Clearance
The maximum overall width (including wheels and axles) shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
The minimum width between the wheels shall be 1-3/4 inches so the car will clear the center guide
The minimum clearance between the bottom of the car and the track surface shall be 3/8 inch so
the car will clear the center guide strip on the track.
The maximum overall length shall not exceed 7 inches.
The wheel-base (distance between the front and rear axles) may not be changed from the kit body
distance of 4-1/4 inches.
Weight and Appearance
Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. The reading of the official scale during weigh-in will be considered final. The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight by the addition of wood or metal only, provided the material is securely built into the body or firmly affixed to it. No liquids or loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
Details such as steering wheel, driver, spoiler, decals, painting and interior details are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width or weight specifications.
Cars with wet paint will not be accepted.
Body, Wheels and Axles
Axles and wheels shall be only as provided in the Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit.
You MUST use the block of wood provided. Purchasing pre-made bodies is NOT ALLOWED.
Wheels may be lightly sanded to smooth out molding imperfections on the tread area. This light
sanding is the only modification allowed. Beveling, tapering, thin sanding, wafering or lathe
turning of the wheels is prohibited.
Axles may not be altered in any way except for polishing.
Wheel bearings, washers, bushings, and hub caps are prohibited.
The car shall not ride on any type of springs.
The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting device or other type of propulsion.
Only graphite or powdered Teflon "white lube" will be allowed for lubricating the wheels.
Ground Rules and Competition
The race is open to all Cub Scouts registered in Pack 24
Each scout may enter only one car in the competition. Several cars may be constructed but only
one may be registered and raced.
The car must have been built during the current year (the school year in which the Derby is
Cars that have competed in a previous Derby are not permitted.
Every car will race at least eight times and order is determined by round-robin.
If a car jumps the track, the race will be run again. If the same car jumps the track a second time,
that car will be removed from that race.
If a car leaves its lane and interferes with another car, the race will be run again. If the same car
leaves its lane a second time and interferes with another car, the interfering car will be removed
If a car becomes damaged and can be repaired in a reasonable amount of time (a few minutes),
the race will be run again. If not, the damaged car will be removed from that race.
Only race officials may enter the track area. This rule will be strictly enforced.
Inspection and Registration
Each car must pass a Final Inspection before it may compete. Final inspection and registration of
the cars occurs on race day prior to all races.
The Inspection Committee shall disqualify cars which do not meet these rules. If a car does not
pass inspection, the owner will be informed of the reason his car did not pass (too long, too
heavy, altered wheel base, or the like). Cars which fail the initial inspection may be modified for
final inspection and registration at one of the adjustment tables.
To enter the race, cars must be registered and have passed Final Inspection. The Racing Officials
will take ownership of the car until the races are complete.
No cars may be altered in any way after it has been registered. Damage repair shall be allowed
during the Derby only if it does not delay the race, but no modifications shall be allowed.
After passing inspection, no car shall be re-inspected unless repaired after damage in handling or in a race.
Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or spectator will be grounds for
expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.
Rewards and Recognition
The most important values in Pinewood Derby competition are parent/son participation, good
sportsmanship and learning how to follow rules.
Every participating Scout will receive a Pinewood Derby patch.
Trophies will be awarded to the first, second and third-place finishers in each division.
Award certificates will be made for various "appearance" categories.
Guidelines & Sportsmanship Notes
The Pinewood Derby is a parent-son project. Please feel free to give guidance and minimal assistance to your Scout as he builds his Pinewood Derby car. This is a chance for your son to be part of a team (he and you), and to enjoy the spirit of friendly competition with his peers. Also for your Cub Scout to enjoy the satisfaction of building his own car from the kit provided.