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Race Day
The Derby will be held at the Brook Hill United Methodist Church.  Weigh-ins start at 6:30 pm the night before Race Day.  Racing starts at 9:00 prompt.  Snacks and drinks will be available.  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. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.


Race Day Highlights

Tentatively there will be three divisions...  

1) The Scout Derby - with the four fastest cars qualifying for the District Super Derby.

2)The Parent, Sibling, & Scouter Derby - we welcome all adults, siblings, and leaders to enter cars.  The Scouts have a great time cheering on their favorite "unofficial" car and seeing who will win in this category.  

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 some shiny hardware.  Especially the leaders who battle and fudge and manipulate their way to the oh so awesome victory lane for that oh so elusive glass of milk.

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.

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 will be distributed to each Scout at their first January Den Meeting.  The kits are also sold at the local Scout Shop or online.  Parents 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. Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.
Printable Rules
2016 RULES (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, and Webelos)

 1)  WIDTH:  Overall width, including wheels, shall not exceed 2 3/4". Minimum width measured between wheels.


2)  LENGTH:  Overall length shall not exceed 7".


3)  HEIGHT:  Overall height of car not to exceed 3” (including wheels and accessories). It must fit under timer.


4)  UNDER-BODY:  The under-body at the nose end must be a dark color to trip the end gate.  Use a black marker or paint.


5)  UNDER-CLEARANCE:  Under-clearance shall not be less than 3/8" between bottom of the vehicle and a flat surface. It would possibly rub on the track. The starting dowel on the track is only 3/4" high. The point where the nose of the car touches the dowel should not be higher than 3/4" from a flat surface. No part of the car may extend in front of the starting dowel when the car is in the starting position.


6)  WEIGHT:  Only the weight as determined by the scale at the Official Derby will be considered official and final. Weight shall not exceed 5 oz. (141.75 gm). The vehicle may be hollowed out and built up to maximum weight by the addition of weights, provided the weights are securely attached to the vehicle. Postal Scales may or may not be accurate. Cubs should come prepared to decrease the weight of their vehicle if so required.  NOTE: Mercury may not be used to provide additional weight due to its potential health hazard.


7) WHEEL BEARINGS, AXLES AND WHEELS:  Wheel bearings, washers, and/or bushings of any sort are strictly prohibited.  OFFICIAL Wheels and axles (nails) may be polished and deburred as long as there is no modification to size and shape.  Wheel tread surface cannot be narrowed or crowned.  Axles must maintain a wheel base of 4 1/2", and use the two body slots from the OFFICIAL car block of wood.  Hubcaps over axles are not permitted. –DO NOT MODIFY THE WHEELS OR AXLES, EXCEPT FOR FACTORY BURRS - THE CAR WILL GET DISQUALIFIED.


NOTE: No substitution of the basic materials received in the Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit (wheels, nails and wood) may be used. Cosmetic detailing accessories may be used as described in "DETAILS" section below. "High Tech" wheels and axles are STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.


8)  SPRINGS:  The vehicle shall not ride on any type of springs.


9)  DETAILS:  Details such as steering wheel, driver, decals, painting and interior detail are permissible and encouraged as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, height, under-clearance and weight Specifications. All details must be a permanent part of the vehicle. If any detailing comes off of the vehicle at any time after the vehicle has been inspected and registered it will not be allowed to be reattached. NOTE: Vehicles with wet paint will not be allowed to register for any part of the Derby competition.


10)  ATTACHMENTS:  The vehicles must be free-wheeling with no starting devices.


11)  INSPECTION:  Each vehicle must pass inspection by the Official Inspection Committee before it can be registered and compete. The Inspection Committee has the right to disqualify vehicles not conforming to the regulations.


12)  LUBRICATION:  Only official BSA approved lubricants can be used, which includes the white “Teflon” sold at the Scout Shop or powdered graphite. Please lube in designated area only. Once the car is registered, it will be placed on the Official Race Table and no additional lubrication will be allowed at any time.


If other modifications have been made, it will be up to the Inspection Officials (by virtue of vote) to allow or disallow the vehicle to be entered in competition.