2017 Pinewood Derby Schedule

This year the race will be held on January 25, 2017. 

Below are the detailed official rules that Pack 618 follows for the Pinewood Derby. Especially if you have joined us recently from another pack, please scrutinize these rules closely and follow them. Please remember how important it is for boys at this age to learn respect for the rules of competitions, and that winning isn't their only goal. Please ask if you have any questions. Have fun planning and building these with your scout. 

Race Week Details

Weigh-In #1: Sunday January 22, 3-6pm, @ Moody garage (6555 Walnut Grove, Columbia, MD 21044)

Weigh-In #2: Tuesday January 24, 7-9pm, @ Moody garage (6555 Walnut Grove, Columbia, MD 21044)

You must bring your son's car to be weighed-in, numbered, catalogued, and impounded on one of the two above nights. Since we made the move to a weekday race, there simply isn't time on race-night to weigh in additional cars. If you are uncertain about how close you are to the approved weight and dimensions, we strongly suggest you come Sunday night, so that if additional modifications need to be made to your son's car, you can try again on Tuesday. We will be asking your son for the “name” of his car that we will add to the race software for display during the race, so you might want to have him thinking about it before he arrives. 

Once weighed-in, your son's car will be kept secure and untouched until racetime in the pack car-rack. If you want to put graphite on the axles, make sure you do it before handing the car over to us. Pinewood Derby Race: 6:45-8:45pm Wednesday January 25 @ CCES Cafeteria (we will need help with setup) 

On the day of the race, you will see a huge spectrum of cars… a handful of kids who were handed a hammer and some markers and left to create their cars on their own, and some that you will swear a dad created with no help from his kid (though we have some very capable scouts, so don't be too quick to judge.) Somewhere in between those extremes is probably the best mix of scout/parental participation. On race day, your scout's car will compete against the other cars in your scout's rank. Several heats will be run, and your scout's car will race at least 2 heats in quick succession, perhaps more based on the number of entrants. At the end of the event, trophies will be given out to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cars in each rank, as well as one for best design. Every non-trophied participant will receive something for their efforts. EVENT SCHEDULE: Order of Races - (subject to change) (please arrive by 6:45 so you do not miss seeing your scout's race) Tigers Wolves Bears Webelos I Webelos II 

Siblings – we encourage siblings to make cars and to race them for fun. We will take sibling cars during check in on Sunday and Tuesday for impounding just like the Cub Scouts cars. These cars are run for enjoyment and do not need to meet the same race rules since they are not in competition for prize, but they will receive participant recognition. 

2017 Pinewood Derby Rules

You or your scout should have already received a small box containing the basics of the car: a block of wood, 4 black plastic wheels, 4 silver nails ("axles"), and a handful of number stickers (which you probably won't use). It is permissible to buy a precut car from Michaels or Hobby Lobby or some other craft shop, but you must use the wheels and axles from the pack-supplied kit. While some of the pre-cut designs are pretty cool looking, we've found that the boys really enjoy taking an active part in designing and shaping their cars. Some additional help on designing your car can be found at the following BSA page: www.pinewoodderby.org Lots of additional resources are available on the internet.  Please note that any precut car must meet all of the requirements outlined below--many are in violation of rule 2 as they do not have axle grooves on the bottom of the block.  Also note that when considering candidates for design awards, preference will be given to scout fabricated designs.

Race rules

All cars will be run through a series of heats and competition trophies will be awarded based on the average finish time.  If a car should leave the track during a heat, that particular heat will be re-run.  If the same car should leave the track during the repeat heat, or any subsequent heats, those races will only be re-run at the cubmaster's discretion.

Pack 618 Pinewood Derby Car Requirements 

1. You must use the materials in the kits—no substitute wheels or axles

2. The wheels may not be recessed into the sides of the block, and axles must be attached in the grooves provided. 

3. Maintain original ground clearance—no weights or other parts may be surface-mounted on the underside of the wood body in such a way that will interfere or make contact with the track - Our track does allow for a small amount of space between the body of the car and the surface of the track. 

WE STONGLY RECOMMEND NOT mounting weight under the car’s surface. Although many cars have run fine with this sort of weight screwed or glued directly to the bottom of the car: 



WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND If you are mounting the weight from below you should rout the bottom like the following images to ensure that your son’s car will run with no problems on our track: 


4. Total Weight must not exceed 5.0 ounces on the Pack’s Designated Scale. 

5. No motors, springs, moving parts (other than wheels), or liquid lubricants allowed. The only allowed lubricant is the dry graphite kind. 

6. The diameter and tread width and shape of the wheels may not be changed. 

7. The car must not exceed 7.00 inches long (front to back) or 2.75 inches wide (axle to axle). 

If the cars do not meet the Pack rules at check-in, you will be advised of any rules violations. Cars outside of weight limits cannot be entered. Cars with other violations may be raced if you do not have the ability to adjust, but will not be eligible for any of the trophies (including design awards). Please contact Charlie Beard (belcharlie@hotmail.com) if you have any questions about this great event. 

FUN FACTS 

Did You Know? 

 A fast Pinewood Derby® car can reach a speed of nearly 20 miles per hour. Pretty good for a little block of wood! 

 If a Pinewood Derby® car racing down the track was enlarged to the size of a real automobile, it would be speeding at more than 200 miles an hour. That's fast! 

 The first Pinewood Derby® was run in 1953 at the Manhattan Beach Scout House near Los Angeles when Cubmaster Don Murphy introduced the idea to Pack 280C. 

 Over the years, Cub Scouts have built close to 100 million Pinewood Derby® racers. That's a lot of cars! 

 If you lined up all the Pinewood Derby® racecars, bumper-to- bumper, they would reach more than 7,000 miles - far enough to stretch from Charlotte, North Carolina, to the North Pole! 

 If every Pinewood Derby® car made this year took just one run down the track, the combined distance would be from the Earth to the Moon and back. That's out of this world! 

 Reader's Digest magazine included the Pinewood Derby® in its 2006 Best of America list as "a celebrated rite of spring." Way to go, Cub Scouts! 

No Pinewood Derby® car has ever used a drop of gasoline. Gravity rules!