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Pinewood Derby

The Pinewood Derby is Saturday, February 24th 9AM-NOON in the St. Ignatius Auditorium

Cars will be checked in Friday Night 7pm-8pm in Church Basement
(Parents volunteers needed on February 23rd evening for set-up)
Photos via email of your Pinewood Derby Car will be due by 2/26 to be entered in the Contest for:
Best Sports theme car
Best Animal theme car
Best Paint/Most colorful car
Cubmasters Choice – Best Scout Spirit

The Tamanend District Pinewood Derby is  TBA

Pinewood Derby BASIC rules:
All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:
  1. Width shall not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
  2. Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
  4. Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit. Additional  OFFICIAL BSA wheels can be purchased separately.
  5. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
  6. No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite.
  7. The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
  8. The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
  9. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.
  10. ALL wheels must touch the track at the same time
  11. No “V” Notches on the front of the car

“You know, mom, this isn’t really a race car. It’s more of a stunt car.”
Sportsmanship is the Real Winner at Pinewood Derby

Pinewood Derby Tips

Please follow the rules and practice good sportsmanship!
Please don’t modify the wheels!  Most stickers, paints, and supplies can be purchased at Michael’s Crafts near the mall.  Some more exotic design elements, lead and tungsten weights can be found on the web.  We have personally ordered paints and weights from Hodges Hobby House and been satisfied*. 
*NOTE: Their modified axles, wheels, and bodies are ILLEGAL in our district.  DO NOT buy them.

Design aids *Print “Actual Size”


A few good websites with information and tips on construction are here:

There are numerous good books on the subject as well.  I recommend Pinewood Derby Speed Secrets: Design and Build the Ultimate Car.  Pack 230 will receive a small commission if purchased through this link.

Please feel free to contact JR with any questions.