The Pinewood Derby is an event that we run every year. It provides an opportunity to Scouts and their parents to work on cars together and build skills and experiences along the way. The rules for the Pinewood Derby are below, and the timing of our Pinewood Derby actives can be found on the Events page. And, don't forget to pick up your Pinewood Derby kit(s) at the first Pack meeting of the year - the second week in January.
Here is a link to a video on how to make a fast racer.
Car — 2 3/4″
Between wheels — 1 3/4″
Length — 7″
Height: 4.00" or less (including all trim items)
Weight — No more than 5 ounces
Bottom clearance between car and track — 3/8″
Axle‐to‐axle spacing: 4.40" +/– 0.125"
Wheel bearings, washers and bushings are prohibited.
Wheel treatment (hub and tread smoothing and polishing) may not result in substantial removal of mass or in substantial reduction of the wheel width or diameter from the original kit wheels.
The car shall not ride on springs.
Cars must be made, and cannot be purchased.
Only dry lubricant is permitted.
Decoration, such as steering wheel and driver are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width and weight specifications.
The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
Each car must pass inspection, the owner will be informed of the reason for failure, and will be given time within the official weigh-in time period to make adjustment.
After final approval, cars will not be reinspected unless the car is damaged in handling or in a race.