Pinewood Derby Rules

Registration, Friday, January 25th 2019

Race Day, Saturday, January 26th 2019


Registration and weigh-in will be Friday night, January 25th from 6:00PM until 8:00PM in room F015 of the Academy building.

Remember to bring the following to be eligible to register:

  • Your car in a small shoe box for
  • Attach your completed registration form to the
  • ENTRY FEE: Two items from the attached list of need from

Race Day

This year’s race will start Saturday, January 26th at 10:00AM and run until 1:00PM.   Wear your Class A uniform to the race. The racing schedule as planned:

Cars will be raced by rank: Tigers Tigers, Wolves vs. Wolves, etc

  • 10:00AM Wolves
  • 10:25AM Bears
  • 11:00AM Arrow of Light
  • 11:25PM Tigers
  • 11:40AM Lions
  • 11:55PM Friends and Family Races
  • 12:20PM Pack Finals

How the Race is Won

  1. Cars will be raced by rank: Tigers Tigers, Wolves vs. Wolves, etc.
  2. Each car scores points according to its finish: 1st place = 1 point, 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 3
  3. Every car will run at least 6 races
  4. The top three cars in each rank will move on to the Pack

Award Categories Trophies will be awarded for the following Categories:  

Den Level: First and Second Place Trophies

Pack Level: First, Second, and Third Place overall Trophies

Most Creative Trophy

Most Realistic Trophy

Most Patriotic Trophy

Best Scout Theme Trophy

Best Animal Theme Trophy

Best Food Theme Trophy



  •  Maximum overall width shall not exceed 2-3/4
  • Minimum width between wheels shall be 1-3/4 inches, so car will clear the center guide
  • Minimum clearance between bottom of car and track shall be 3/8 inches; car must clear center guide
  • Maximum length shall not exceed 7
  • The wheelbase (distance between front and rear axles) may be


  • Weight shall not exceed 0 ounces (141.75 grams). The reading of the official race scale will be considered final. Measurements from other scales, such as those at the post office, are not valid. The car may be built up to the maximum by the addition of wood, metal, or plastic, provided it is securely built into the body or firmly affixed to it. No loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
  • Mercury shall not be used for adding weight. It is a potential health
  • Detail, such as steering wheel, driver, spoiler, decals, painting and interior details are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length and width
  • Cars with wet paint will not be
  • Cars with items on the front of the car, designed to stick to the starting pin will not be
  • No part of the car shall extend past the starting gate. Cars with slots or grooves that allow the car to extend beyond the pin will not be permitted to


  • Only the Official Boy Scout Grand Prix wheels and axles can be Wheels and axles cannot be modified, except as noted below.
  • Wheel bearings, washers, or bushings are
  • The car shall not ride on any type of
  • The car must be freewheeling with no starting device or other
  • Lathe turned wheels and axles are not
  • Wheels and axles may be sanded to remove the flashing only. No wafering or extensive tread rounding of the wheels will be
  • Hubcaps are not


  •  Only dry black graphite lubricants may be No white Teflon, oil or spray lubricants are allowed. Cars with unapproved lubricants will be disqualified. No Exceptions.
  • Lubrication is not permitted inside the Pack 121 work area. All lubrication must be done outside the work area or at home.
  • No lubricants are allowed on outer wheel


  •  All repairs must be made in the pit area.
  • Cars must be re-weighed after making repairs.
  • The cars may not be lubricated after they have gone through the tech


  • The race is open to all Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts registered in a Cub Scouts must be present and in their Class A uniform to race. Scouts may not participate in any Family and Friends Races.
  • Cars must have been built during the current school
  • The race will be a timed race conducted according to rank classification. Each car will race in every
  • If a car leaves its lane and interferes with another car, the heat will be run If the same car leaves its lane a second time and interferes with another car, the car will be disqualified.
  • If a car suffers a mechanical problem, loses an axle, breaks a wheel, and a repair can be accomplished in a reasonable amount of time, the heat will be run again. If not, the car will be disqualified.
  • If there is an electronic timer at the finish line, the decision will be If there is no electronic timer, or it malfunctions, there will be two race judges at the finish line. Both judges must agree on the winner or the heat will be re-run.
  • Only race officials will be permitted into the track area. This rule will be strictly


  •  Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection team before it may compete. The inspection team has the right to disqualify those cars that do not meet these Car owners will be informed of the violations and given an opportunity to modify the car to meet these rules.
  • The race officials will supervise qualification of all cars, adjudicate, and conduct the All decisions by the race officials are final. Once a car has raced, no further questions will be raised as to eligibility.
  • Unsportsman like conduct by any participant or member of the audience will be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race

Entry Fee

This year Pack 121 has chosen Must Ministries as our Pine Wood Derby Charity recipient. Below is a list of needed items for this upcoming season. Please choose at least two items to bring to registration on January 26th in order to have your car entered into the race. If you feel moved to bring more than two items we and Must Ministries would greatly appreciate your generosity.

Canned Meats (large cans if possible) Large Peanut Butter

Large Fruit Jellies or Jams Bulk Dried Pastas

Large Spaghetti Sauces

Family sized Macaroni & Cheese (think Velveeta shells & cheese that require no other ingredients) Cereal and other dry breakfast items

Bulk Sugar

Large Canned Fruit Powdered Milk Bulk Dry Beans Dry Boxed Dinners Juice

Flavored Rice

Bread and or Muffin Mixes