Pinewood Derby Rules

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Race Day

The Derby will be held at the Crossroad Baptist Church Student Center. Weigh-ins will occur from 9:00 through 11:00 am; racing starts promptly at 12:00. Snacks and drinks will be available. This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.

"Be Fast... or Look Good Trying"

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

Race Day Highlights

There will be three divisions...

1) The Scout Derby - with the three fastest cars qualifying for the District Pinewood Derby (if applicable)

2) The Me Too Derby - Scout brothers and sisters through fifth grade can enter their own cars. Kids in sixth grade or above will be disenfranchised in the Outlaw division.

3) The Outlaw Derby - Bring Kleenex with the leaders cheating their way to contested victory again this year. Life is not fair boys. Live with it.

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized. But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny hardware. Especially the leaders who battle and fudge and manipulate their way to the oh so awesome victory lane for bragging rights for a full year.

Derby Workshops

There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine. We will announce dates and times for the workshops once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools, so check your email regularly. The boys are not permitted to use power tools but they are encouraged to design the shape of their cars, sand them, and decorate them accordingly. Parents are encouraged to assist the child but they should let the child do most of the work.

Feel free to contact your Den Leader or any of the other Pack leaders if you have questions about the Pinewood Derby.

Equal Ground

All entries in the derby will start with the "Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit" which includes the body, 4 axles, and 4 wheels. All nine pieces MUST be used before the car can race. The kits are sold at the local Scout Shop or online. All active Scouts will receive a kit as a Christmas present in December. Parent and siblings are on their own. Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications. Decorating the cars is up to the imagination of the boys. The complete set of rules will be available at the Derby Workshops. Please don't worry about the small print specifically worded to exclude the leaders from some or all of the rules.

Pinewood Derby Rules

We want to ensure everyone enjoys a fair and fun race day! To that end, we will enforce the following rules for all cars submitted for racing:


  • The car weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The official race day scale shall be considered final.
  • The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
  • The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2.75 inches.
  • The car must have a minimum of 1.75 inch clearance between the inside edges of the wheels (front and rear).
  • The car must have a minimum of 3/8 inch clearance underneath the body to ensure the car does not rub while rolling down the track.


  • The body must use a wood block provided in the official car kit. The block may be shaped any way desired (while ensuring adherence all specifications).
  • The car must be freewheeling with no starting device. Gravity power only!
  • No loose material of any kind (such as lead shot) may be used. This is to prevent damage or interference with the track or its electronic components.
  • Construction of ALL entries MUST have begun AFTER last year’s race.
  • The car must not ride on any type of spring or spring apparatus.
  • Details such as the steering wheel, driver, decals, painting and interior detail are permissible as long as these adhere to all size specifications.


  • The car must use wheels supplied with the official car kit.
  • The wheels may not be cut or drilled, nor can they have the surface tread area beveled or rounded. You are allowed to remove any tread surface seam from the wheels.


  • The axles (nails) supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished.