Pinewood Derby Information

Our 2023 Pinewood Derby is tentatively scheduled for February in the Twin Creeks MPR. It’s always one of the highlights of the scouting year!

 

THE CAR KIT

Every scout will receive a free Pinewood Derby car kit which consists of a block of wood, four wheels and four axles.  These will be available at our monthly meetings. 

If you would like to purchase additional kits, please send a note to srpack828@gmail.com with your desired quantity so we have a sense for how many extra kits to order.

 

THE RULES


Pack 828 follows the Blackhawk 500 racing rules, which are summarized at pack-828-pinewood-derby-2018-rules

 

Some highlights:

  • Participating cars must be built during the current scouting year; no cars may be entered that raced in previous years

  • Length of 7” or less; Width of 2.75” or less.  All parts of the car must fit within the 7” x 2.75” dimensions.

  • Weight of 5 oz or less

  • Axle to axle spacing must be 4.4" +/- 0.125"

  • All work must be done by the scout and parent.  The intent is to have the scout build as much of the car as is reasonable and safe.

  • Axles, wheels and body must consist of Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby materials.  The use of pre-shaped car bodies and machined wheels is NOT allowed

  • All four wheels must run flat and be in contact with the track surface

  • Wheel treatment is allowed, but may not result in conspicuous removal of mass, nor reduction of wheel width or diameter

  • Only dry lubricants are allowed

  • The car must only be powered by gravity


BUILDING THE CAR

Building a pinewood derby car is a time-honored activity Scouts and families complete together.

For those not used to carving wood, Pack 828 is pleased to announce that we are willing and able to cut blocks with designs drawn on them and return the resulting cars to families for completion. After receiving your car, you and your Scout can finish sanding, painting, adding design elements, wheels, and weights together.  PLEASE DO NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST WEEK TO ASK FOR CUTTING ASSISTANCE. THANK YOU!

The proud owners of the three fastest cars from each den during the preliminary round will receive a medal. The winning cars from the Sibling and Parent/Alumni heats will also receive a trophy.  The 16 fastest times among the Scout groups will advance to the Finals.

 

Before the Finals, we’ll conduct the legendary Turtle Pursuit.   What is this?  The four scout cars with single slowest track times (that still cross the finish line) will qualify for a special run-off heat.  The slowest completed single time will receive the Turtle trophy!

Finally, the Chase for the Pinewood Derby Cup begins.  We’ll use the same methodology as the preliminary round, in which the single best run over four races wins!  There will be trophies for the top four pinewood derby cars.

We will have coffee, hot chocolate and assorted muffins, donuts and other snacks.  The races should be over between 11am and noon.

We looking forward to seeing everyone!