The pinewood derby is an annual racing event. The Scout is given a block of wood made of pine with two notches for wheels, four plastic wheels and four nails. The finished car must use all nine pieces, must not exceed a five ounces, must not exceed a 7 inches in length and 2 3/4 inches wide (Complete specification are on the rules attached below).
Who can race?
Pinewood is a family event. However, racing and door prizes are limited to Pack 379 Cub Scouts. Everyone is welcome to bring cars and display them in the special display area. Parents, please remember that this is an opportunity to do something WITH your son, not FOR your son. Let him plan, dream, design, research, draw, cut, sand, paint, assemble, lube, carry, register, hope, and cheer as much as he can safely do.
What do the scouts do on race day?
When the racers arrive they can take their car to Pit Row for a preliminary inspection, or they can proceed to the Registration Area.
At the Registration Area, the car will be inspected and weighed. The racer/adult partner will be given the choice to proceed with registration or to go to Pit Row. If they proceed with registration a number will be assigned to the car. The number will be placed on the top of the car and on the racer's nametag. The Scouts will receive a voting ballot for the special awards. The car will be placed in a secured viewing area.
At Pit Row, the car can be weighed and inspected (Please remember: The Officials at the Registration area have the final say on Weight and the Inspection rules). The Pit Mechanics can help add or remove weight, fix wheels, apply graphite, and make minor repairs. They might even give you some last minute speed tips.
While waiting for the races to start, look around. Check out the other cars. Talk to others about how you built your car. Get your picture taken by some of the racing banners or posters. Get something to eat. When the races start, listen for your car number. Cheer for your friends on every race and have fun!
How are the winners determined?
At each race, three cars will run down the track. The winning car will be determined based on the race judges determination. Winning cars continue to advance.
What awards will be made?
- The first and best award (reward) is that the boys can see the car they made and be proud of their accomplishment. The adults get the reward of working on a project with the boys and having fun with them at the race.
- Every Scout that enters a car will receive a Pinewood Derby Patch.
- A trophy will be presented to the First, Second, and Third Place overall winners in the Speed Competition.
- Other awards will be determined by judges (for example: Most Patriotic, Best Stickers/Decals/Colors, Most Scout-like)