Pinewood Derby

Date: April 8th, 2019 from 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Buck Lake Elementary cafeteria

Uniform: Uniforms or Pack 10 T-shirts


  • 6:30-7:00 pm - Pre-race check-in (Please do not wait until the last minute to check-in!!)
  • 7:00 pm - Pizza and Drinks served to eat at your leisure
  • 7:15 pm - Opening Ceremonies /Introductions
  • 7:20 pm - Races start promptly
  • 7:50 pm - Awards 
  • 8:00 pm -  Break down and cleanup - EVERYONE HELPS.

Race Brackets

  1. Tiger
  2. Wolf
  3. Bear
  4. Webelos 

Additional Pack Design Awards

  1. First overall in the Pack
  2. Best Patriotic Design
  3. Best Scout Design
  4. Most Creative

Pinewood Derby Rules

Use "In-the-box" rules only as guide.

  1. Width: No more than 2-3/4 inches wide including the wheels.
  2. Length: No more than 7 inches long.
  3. Height: No more than 4 inches tall.
  4. Weight: Finished car no more than 5 ounces as judged by pack scales at the race sign in. All parts must be firmly attached.
  5. Wheel Placement Car body must be at least 1-3/4 inches wide at axles. And no more than 2 ¾ " wide total. It must clear the ground at least 3/8 inch. If desired, you may change the wheelbase (distance between front and rear axles).
  6. Parts Use only official BSA Grand Prix Wood Block, Wheels and Axles (those in the kit). You may polish the axles, lightly sand wheels to remove molding seam on the tread. No other wheel changes are allowed. You may not use bearings, washers, bushings or springs, different wood, different axles, different wheels. You are allowed to add weight to bring the car up to 5oz TOTAL. Any parts outside the above dimension may need to be removed.
  7. Details Steering wheel, Driver, Decals, Painting, Interior Details are allowed. Paint must be dry prior to racing. Finished car must meet maximum length, width, height, and weight rules.
  8. Lubrication Use dry powdered graphite ONLY. No other lubricant allowed especially oils or silicone sprays. Graphite can only be applied before the racing begins, none between heats.
  9. Inspection Each car must pass inspection by the Official inspection Committee before it competes. Cars may be disqualified from race for not meeting the Rules. Scouts will be given opportunity to remedy any deficiencies before the race begins.
  11. No Store Bought bodies, wheels, or axles

  • All four wheels should touch flat surface equally to provide proper alignment.
  • Sanding of axles and molding of wheels may help performance.
  • Allow scout to do as much of the construction as they are able.
  • If you choose to add weight to your vehicle, make sure to secure it well. If a weight falls off during racing it cannot be replaced.
  • Search the web for lots of tips

Council Pinewood Derby

   Date: To be announced...
   Place: Governor's Square Mall by JC Penny's
   Time: 10am-5pm depending on boy's rank
   More details to be announced...

Allan Jeong,
Apr 1, 2013, 1:30 PM