Pinewood Derby

Race Day
 
The Derby was held in the Springer School Multi-purpose Room on January 24, 2016. Weigh-ins started at 1:00pm, racing started at 2:00pm prompt.  This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.
 
"Be Fast... or Look Good Trying"

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Any scout, sibling or parent can participate in the derby by simply filling out the registration form below along with a small registration fee.   


Please fill out and turn in a registration form early!  

 

Race Day Highlights


There will be five divisions...  

1) The Scout Regulation Derby - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby (if applicable)

2) The Webelo Scout Open Derby - for Webelo's only, an “open” class where almost anything goes (no chemical propulsion please) as long as the car does not exceed the size restrictions. 

3) The Parent Regulation Derby -Parents, Grandparents and relatives are encouraged to participate.
4) The Sibling & Friends Regulation Derby - Scout brothers and sisters through fifth grade can enter their own cars.  Kids in sixth grade or above will be disenfranchised in the parent division.  
5) The Anyone Open Derby - for anyone else, an “open” class where almost anything goes (no chemical propulsion please) as long as the car does not exceed the size restrictions. 

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized.  But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home something. All participating scouts will receive a patch. Additional awards will be made for various "appearance" categories. 

Derby Workshops

There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine.  We will announce dates and times for the workshops once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools.  The boys are not permitted to use power tools but they are encouraged to design the shape of their cars, sand them, and decorate them accordingly.  Parents are encouraged to assist the child but they should let the child do most of the work. 

Workshop dates:  2017 TBD

Equal Ground

All entries in the derby will start with the "Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit" which includes the body, 4 axles, and 4 wheels.  All nine pieces MUST be used before the car can race. The kits are sold at the local Scout Shop or online.  All active Scouts will receive a kit in December. Parent and siblings are on their own.  Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications.  Decorating the cars are up to the imagination of the boys.  The complete set of rules will be available at the Derby Workshops.
 
Rules
 
1) All participants must build a new car each year. Cars used in a previous year, if discovered, will be disqualified.
2) Each car will race 4 times, once in each lane.  The fastest time out of 4 will be the final speed.
3) Track speed will be measured by computer.
4) The race heats will be randomly generated by computer; all cars for each category will race against each other.
5) Cars will be inspected for non official BSA parts, any car found to be using non-official parts will be disqualified from the scout category.  Disqualified cars are eligible to race in the "open" category.
6) The names of the three fastest cars will be turned in to the district Scout Office.
7) The decisions of the race committee, and any necessary interpretations of the rules, or judgments not covered by these rules, are final and will be made with the best interest of all concerned.
8) The scale used by the race committee is the official and final weight determination device regardless of how your car weighed during your unit race.
9) All cars will be weighed the day of the race by the race committee.
10) Registration times are absolute with no exceptions. It is the responsibility of each boy to be on time and to make any necessary allowances for weigh in delays, lines, registration, etc. The race will start at the posted times. 
11) All cars must have 4 wheels.