The David Crockett District Pinewood Derby will be held Saturday March the 31st at the
. Check in will begin at 8:30 AM and the cost will be $5.00 per car.
I have added the rules to this page so I can point out some specific ones and give some more information -- IN BOLD --
We have used these same rules for YEARS. all of these rules are not to cause hardship on anyone or target anyone at all. They are here so that EVERY scout has the same opportunity to race in the pinewood derby and win. If you do not wish to follow these rules or would like to argue with a race official about them, you do not have to race.
Official Pinewood Derby Rules of the David Crockett District
This includes the wheels AND axles. No solid axles are allowed.
-- The pinewood derby wheels that come with your kit have a mesh design as pictured HERE--
2. Width: Overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 3/4". Wood may be added to the
block to bring the car out to maximum width.
-- THIS type of fender is acceptable as long the overall width does not exceed the 2.75, you are fine. --
3. Length: Overall length of the car shall not exceed 7"
4. Height: Overall height of the car shall not exceed 3 1/8" When placed on a flat
surface the entire bottom of the car must be at least 3/8" from the flat surface.
-- In order for your car to run down the track... "When placed on a flat surface the entire bottom of the car must be at least 3/8" from the flat surface." please see other note in section 5 below --
5. Weight: The weight of the car shall not exceed 5 ounces (141.8 grams). No loose
materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car. The car may be hollowed out and
built up to the maximum weight by the addition of wood or metal, provided it is securely
built into or attached to the body. Nothing can extend beyond the bottom of the car. Any
weight placed on the bottom must be flush or below the bottom of the car.
-- Please make a special note "Any weight placed on the bottom must be flush or below the bottom of the car." this means that is you purchase the Derby Flat Weights for your car, they MUST be recessed into the bottom of the car so they are inside the car. --
-- The scales we use at the race are the final say on the weight of your car. Everyone is weighed on the same scales, and if they say you are over weight, you MUST take the weight of the car down to 5 oz. or below to race the car. --
-- The weights must be permanency attached to the car. as in Glue, Screwed on, nailed, or other manner. You may not use items like tape, Velcro, magnet, or other temporary means to attach the weights. --
6. Wheel Base: The maximum wheel base will not exceed 4 1/2". If the axles must be
moved due to problems with the slots cut in the wood block the axles must be within
1/4" of the original slots; i.e if you move the front wheels forward 1/4" the rear wheels
must be moved forward an equal distance.
-- The distance from the center-line of the axles of the car will be 4.5 inches. We do not allow anyone with a extended wheelbase car to race. --
7. Wheel bearings, washers and bushings are prohibited.
8. Axles: Inserts for axle support or covering up the axles are prohibited. Only dry
powdered graphite may be used for lubrication.
-- We are aware that you can purchase an axle guard from the BSA HERE. You WILL BE REQUIRED to remove them to determine if you are using a solid axle on the car. You can put the guard back in place after it passes inspection. If you do not wish to remove the guard, you do not have to race that car. --
9. The car may not ride on any kind of springs
10. Details: Details such as steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, interior detail are
permissible and encouraged as long as these details do not exceed the maximum
length, width, height and weight specifications.
11. Attachments: The car must be freewheeling with no starting devices.
12. Wheels: Although burrs and molding marks may be removed from the wheels, there
will be no cutting or turning down of the wheels to a point or ridge. Wheels must remain
the same width as contained in the official BSA Pinewood Derby kit. Wheels may not
be tapered or rounded and the rib located on the outer edge of the wheel may not be
13. Inspection: Each car must pass inspection by the official district inspection
committee before it may compete. The inspectors have the right to disqualify those cars
that do not meet the specifications outlined above.
-- Each scout will be given the chance to bring his or her car into specification before the race. If you do not wish to bring your car into specification, or would like to argue with the race official, you do not have to race your car. --
14. Once a car has been checked in, no other changes can be made to the car. If the
car breaks during a race, the scout will be allowed to repair the car HIMSELF with the
supervision of a track official.
Notes: The scales and measuring tools used during Race Check-In are the
final say in a car meeting these specifications. The Cub Scout Derby Wheel
Alignment Tool will be used to measure wheel base and car bottom clearance.
If the car does not meet any of these specifications the Scout will be given an
opportunity to meet the specifications. If a piece of a car comes off during a
race the Scout will be given a chance to reattach the piece, however the car
will be weighed again. If the same piece comes off again the Scout will have to
leave the piece off for the rest of the races the car runs in