Pinewood Derby Information
Our 2023 Pinewood Derby is coming in February. It’s always one of the highlights of the scouting year! Pinewood Derby Car making is a great experience as a family activity that encourages creativity and hardwork.
Venue: Twin Creeks - MPR
Date: 24th Feb 2023 - 6-8 PM – Car check-in
25th Feb 2023 - 8:30-12 PM – Voting starts at 8:30 AM, Race 9 onward
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your desired quantity so we have a sense for how many extra kits to order.
Pack 828 follows the Blackhawk 500 racing rules, which are summarized at pack-828-pinewood-derby-2018-rules
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 that Scouts and families complete together.
If you need help cutting your car, Alamo Hardware located at 3438 Camino Tassajara in Blackhawk in the Safeway shopping center can cut a pinewood derby car for $5 a car. Have your scout draw the cut line on the car prior to arriving. You can just drop in, but it is suggested to call first (925-736-6380) to confirm someone will be there to cut your car. Any car not in compliance with the rules cannot race. Cars need to be turned in on Friday, February 24th. Have fun designing.
DO NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST WEEK TO ASK FOR CUTTING ASSISTANCE. THANK YOU!
After receiving your car, you and your Scout can finish sanding, painting, and adding design elements, wheels, and weights together.
1st, 2nd and 3rd – 3 fastest car per den
TURTLE – The slowest car completing the race in the pack
BEST PAINT JOB
BEST DESIGN BY A SCOUT
MOST SCOUT LIKE
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, assorted muffins, donuts, and other snacks. The races should be over between 11 am and noon.
We looking forward to seeing everyone!