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Pinewood Derby Rules

Pack & District Pinewood Derby Rules

1.            The car weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final.

2.           The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.

3.           The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2¾ inches.

4.           The car must have 1¾” clearance between the wheels.

5.           The car must have ⅜” clearance underneath the body.

6.           The wood provided in the kit must be used. The block may be shaped any way that is desired.

7.           The wheels supplied with the kit or bought at a Scout Shop must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam from the wheels.

8.           The axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated.

9.           Wheel bearings, washers or bushings on the axles are prohibited.

10.        The car must not ride on any type of springs.

11.         The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.

12.        No ‘V’ Shaped cars or other features that would allow the front end of the car to extend past the staring gate/pin.

13.        No tape or other ‘sticky’ material on the front of the car.

14.        No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used.

15.        Only dry lubricants such as graphite or powdered Teflon "white lube" will be allowed for lubricating the wheels. Lubricants may not foul the track nor be applied in the building.

16.        Details such as the steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, and interior detail are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specifications.  Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be  allowed to compete. The inspection Committee has the responsibility to disqualify those cars that do not meet these specifications. Event Chair’s ruling is final.

Do your best and HAVE FUN!


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