Pinewood Derby 2016

When: Saturday, February 6
Where: Calvary Chapel High School Gym
What time: 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Cost: $5.00. This covers a collectable patch and bottle of water.

District-Pinewood-Derby-Patch-2016-FINALCome join us on Saturday, February 6 at 10 AM for the second annual Del Mar District Pinewood Derby!

All Scouts from the Del Mar District are welcome to race.


All cars need to be turned in prior to the Derby. Inspection will be held just before the race.


There will be an overall District 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy for the fastest cars within the District.

Each rank (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light) will have a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbon awarded to the fastest cars in each rank level.


Official Rules

The Following are inspection points:

  1. The car weight shall not exceed 5.00 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final.
  2. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches. The overall height of the car shall not exceed 5 inches.
  3. The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 7/8” inches.
  4. The car must have 1 3/4” clearance between the wheels. DO NOT MAKE THE CAR SKINNIER AT THE WHEELS – THEY WON’T FIT ON THE TRACK.
  5. The car must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body. NO LOW RIDERS, AGAIN, THEY WON’T FIT ON THE TRACK. Be careful when placing weights UNDER the car.  Do not place any weights under the car which are thicker than 2 quarters, or the car will drag on the rails of the track.
  6. The wood provided in the kit must be used. The block may be shaped any way that is desired. The axels and wheels must be placed into the pre-cut grooves in the block. No drilling axel holes. No moving the wheelbase. The front of the car – the leading edge – may not exceed 2” in height.
  7. The Official BSA wheels supplied with the kit – or the Official BSA colored wheels – MUST BE USED. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the manufacturing seam from the wheels – BUT THAT IS ALL YOU CAN DO TO THE WHEELS.
  8. The axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated – graphite will be provided. You may remove any manufacturing defects like burrs.  But absolutely no rounding of the inside of the head of the pin. Axle guards, or super gluing the axle pins is recommended.
  9. Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited.
  10. The car must not ride on any type of springs.
  11. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
  12. No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used. Lead shot – or BSA weights or even quarters -may be used to achieve a car weight of 5.0 ounces. However, it must be incorporated into the body of the car.

Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. The Inspection Committee has the responsibility to disqualify those cars that do not meet these specifications.

Additional Pinewood Derby Rules

The car body may have no moving parts.

  1. If, during a race, a car leaves the track without interfering with its opponent, it shall be considered to have ended its heat at that point.
  2. If a car leaves its lane, at his sole discretion, the track chairman may inspect the track and, if a track fault is found which probably caused the initial violation; the track chairman may order the race to be rerun after the track is repaired.
  3. If the computerized timing system fails for any reason, there will be a rerun.
  4. If, during a race, no car reaches the finish line on the track, the car which went the farthest in its lane shall be declared as the heat winner.
  5. If, during a race, a car leaves its lane and, in so doing, interferes with another racer, then the car at fault shall be declared to have lost the race heat.
  6. Construction of ALL entries MUST have begun AFTER last year’s competition.
  7. Only one car may be registered by any person in the Pinewood Derby.
  8. Only dry lubricants such as graphite or powdered Teflon “white lube” will be allowed for lubricating the wheels. Lubricants may not foul the track.
  9. Only one application of lubricant is allowed before the beginning of the first race. You may not touch your car after you turn it in.
  10. Details such as the steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, and interior detail are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specifications.

Need more information?

Drop an email to Rion Dalby.

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