Saturday April 1st, 2006

Pinewood Elementary School - Gym



Friday - March 31st

6:00 - 8:00 PM


6:30 - 8:00 PM


Saturday - April 1st

8:30 AM


10:00 AM


12:00 PM



Please Register FRIDAY NIGHT:

Northern Star Council, BSA

% CBD Pinewood Derby


Fees: $6.50 per car. All fees are transferable within the Pack.



To race in the Chief Black Dog District Pinewood Derby a participant must be a registered Cub Scout by 1/1/2006 and have been selected by their Pack. Each Pack may register up to 5 Cub Scouts and 3 Tiger Cubs. The Tigers will be racing in the TIGER DIVISION races and the rest will be in the CUB DIVISION.


There will be trophies for the first TEN places of EACH DIVISION.


Each car will race 7 times. One time for warm-up and then six times against the clock, once down each lane of the track.


The trophies will be awarded on the basis of the total time for the six runs.


Follow the rules of the BSA Official Pinewood Derby Kit.


Additional Information will be available at the February Roundtable and mailed to the Packs.


Race Car Rules


  1. DIMMENSIONS: Car cannot be more than 2 3/4 inches wide. The maximum height is 3 inches. Car can not be more than 7 inches long. Since the starting pins are round, the minimum width of the front of the car is inch. The front end may be no more than inch above the axle line. (for help see diagrams)


  1. WEIGHT: Finished car cannot weigh more than 5 ounces. The weight shown on the Official Race Scale is final. All car parts and materials must be firmly attached. No moveable weights are allowed.


  1. WHEEL PLACEMENT: The car body must be at least 1 3/4 inches wide at the axles. It must clear the ground by at least 3/8 inch. If desired, you may change the wheelbase (distance between front and rear axles). The four wheels, two on each side of the car, must be placed such that the car will straddle the lane guide and maintain all four wheels in contact with the surface of the track.


  1. WHEELS AND AXLES: Use only Official Scout Grand Prix wheels and axles. You can polish the axles. You may lightly sand the wheels to remove the molding seam on the tread. Wheels may be lightly sanded to smooth out molding imperfections on the tread area. This light sanding is the only modification allowed. Beveling, tapering, thin sanding, wafering or lathe turning of the wheels is prohibited. No other wheel changes are allowed. You may not use bearings, washers or bushings. (for help see diagrams)


  1. SPRINGING: The car may not ride on any type of springs.


  1. DETAILS: Details such as Steering Wheel, Driver, Decals, Painting, Interior Details are okay. The finished car with details must meet the maximum length, width and weight rules. Cars with wet paint will not be accepted.


  1. ATTACHMENTS: The car must be freewheeling with no starting devices.


  1. LUBRICATION: The recommended type is dry powdered graphite. You may use any other lubricant, be careful since some other types can soften the plastic of the wheels. No hubcaps will be allowed. No graphite may be applied outside of the designated workshop area inside the building.


  1. INSPECTION: Each car must pass inspection by the Official Inspection Committee before it may compete. The Inspectors will disqualify any car not meeting these rules. Any adult or scout may appeal the findings of the Inspectors to the Race Committee Chair-person, whose decision is final. After acceptance only starters and judges will handle the cars.




  1. Axle Heads may be deburred but may not be made smaller.


  1. All cars must be built for the current Pinewood Derby Season. NO REPEATS.


  1. Any car losing wheels or any part that prevents it from running, cannot be repaired after the inspection and weigh in. EXCEPTION: Race officials may authorize repairs when damage is caused by collision with another vehicle or object. Repairs must be made by the Cub Scout (guidance is allowed) within 3 minutes or before the next heat starts, whichever is longer. After the car is repaired Officials will run the race again. If the car cannot be repaired in 3 minutes or before the next heat starts, which ever is longer, it will be disqualified.


  1. GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP AND BEHAVIOR IS EXPECTED. Race Officials may ask anyone not following this rule to leave.


Questions and comments can be directed to:


Warren Kalsow

848 Greening Drive

Apple Valley, MN 55124

(952) 431-3308 (H)

(952) 883-5536 (W)