Pinewood Derby


All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:

Car must be made in the year of the race.
Car is to be made by the Scout with reasonable but minimal assistance from any adult "helpers"
Car must be made with the materials in the official BSA kit (wood, wheels, axles).
Additional accessories must be securely attached to insure they do not come off during the race.
Width shall not exceed 2-1/4 inches.
Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
No lubricating oil may be used.
Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices
No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.


Each boy brings his car to the inspection table to have it inspected and numbered.
After inspection, the boy goes to the registration table where his name and car are entered on the heat schedule.
After registration and inspection, cars are brought to the starter by dens when called.
Scouts are responsible to listen for their den to be called and be ready to race when called to the starting line.
As each heat is announced, the started will place the cars at starting gate. Starter releases the gate.
The digital timer at the finish line will determine results of the race. It is accurate to 1/1000'th of a second.
If a car leaves the track, runs out of its lane, interferes with another car, or loses an axle or other part, reasonable accommodation will be made to assist with it's repair as long as it is within 5 minutes.
The top three cars in each den level will be impounded and held by the Pack leadership for the District race.