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Pinewood Derby 2020!

posted Jan 2, 2020, 3:42 PM by Cubmaster Pack 92   [ updated Feb 16, 2020, 8:57 PM ]
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Pack 92 families,

The annual Pinewood Derby is one of the favorite events of the scouts and parents alike.   Starting with just a block of wood, the Scout (and their adult partners) transform it into a racing machine.   Some will win.  Some won't.   Some will be radically creative.   Others will be simple machines.   They will all come together on February 22nd to race down a track to the finish line.   Race day will be a grand celebration for all! 

Peregrine Elementary School
1860 W. Waltman St.  Meridian, ID 83642

Times Saturday:
10am - 3pm or till after the races end and awards completed
10-11am = Set up and check in cars
11:30-2pm = Open Lunchtime till 2pm
11:30 = Racing starts on both Derby tracks
3pm = Pick up, clean, and drive home safely
**Racing Awards and Auction winners announced after all races finished**
  • Food divided up per Den:
  • Pack 92 providing meat, beans, and cheese
    • Lions - Veggies or Fruit
    • Tigers - 1 Nacho Toppings (salsa, olives, green onions,...)
      • Make sure everything already cut up
    • Wolfs - Bottle water or Capri Suns/Juice Boxes
    • Bears - Tortilla Chips for nachos 
    • Webelo 1 - Tortilla Chips for nachos
    • Webelo 2 - Veggies or Fruit



* All registered scouts in Pack 92 are eligible to enter the pack derby.   
* An open class race will be held at the end of the pack race day.   Family members and scouts may participate in this race.  The only qualification is that the car fits on and will not damage the track.  No final awards for the "open class", just fun! 

Two Derby Tracks Running:

Lions, Tigers, Wolf's will be on Track #1 and run like a separate "Pack".

Bears, Webelo 1, Webelo 2 will be on Track #2 and run like a separate "Pack". 

*There will be an overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place on Track #1 for the lions, tigers, and wolf's.

*There will be an overall 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place on Track #2 for the bears, webelo 1's, and webelo 2's.

*Each Den will have a 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place winner medallions.

Car Rules and Specifications: 

* Only dry powdered lubricants, such as graphite, may be used.   Regular oils and silicone sprays may soften the plastic wheels and are not allowed.
* Excessive lubrication is prohibited as it may cause damage to the equipment or floors.

* Width (including wheels and axles) shall not exceed 2.75"
* In the front of the car, the center point must be the farthest forward point of the car.   In other words, when the car is placed in the starting block, no element of the car will protrude beyond the pin.
* Length shall not exceed 7"
* Minimum width between wheels shall be 1.75" so car will clear center guide strip on the track.* Minimum distance between the bottom of car and track shall be 3/8" so car will clear the center guide strip on track.  The distance also applies to any protrusion from the bottom of the car, such as weights.  Recommend not placing added weights on bottom of Derby Car.

* Weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces.   The readings of the official race scale will be considered final.   The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight by the addition of other materials provided they are securely build into the body or firmly affixed to it.   No loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
* Only official BSA pinewood derby kits can be used.  Cars from other sources will not be allowed.
* Details, such as steering wheels, driver, spoiler, decals, painting, exterior and interior details, are permissible as long as the car satisfies length, width, clearance, and weight specifications.
* Cars with wet paint or glue will not be accepted.
* The check-in crew will affix a number sticker on top of the car to identify it for voting and for actual racing.

* The only wheels and axles allowed are the BSA official pinewood derby items.

* The axle grooves provided in the block of wood do not have to be used.
* The wheelbase may be extended, but the wheels may not extend past the front or rear of the car body.
* Wheel bearings, spacers, or bushings are prohibited.
* The car shall not ride on any type of springs.
* The car must be freewheeling with no starting device or other propulsion.
* Only official BSA axles can be used and they must be stock diameter.
* No wheel covers will be permitted.

Race Day: 

* Weigh-in will occur between 10am-11am on race day. 
* Test scales will be available for use prior to inspection and weigh-in.  
* All adjustments, including lubrication, must be made prior to reaching the check-in area.   
* Cars failing the weigh-in or other inspection elements will be given 10 minutes to correct the issues (in an area away from the inspection point) and repeat the inspection process.
* If a car passes the weigh-in, the car will be impounded and no further adjustments will be allowed.   Be sure to use lubricate, add weights, etc. prior to entering the inspection/check-in area.
* Cars will be impounded at weigh-in and may not be adjusted further, including lubrication, prior to the race.

* If a car (or any part of a car) leaves its lane and interferes with another car, the heat will be re-run after a quick inspection of the car that left its lane.  If the same car leaves its lane a second time and interferes with another car, the heat will be re-run again without the interfering car.   The interfering car will automatically be disqualified from the race.
* If a car jumps off the track, the heat will be run again after quick inspection of car that left the track.  If the same car jumps off the track a second time, it will be automatically disqualified from the race.
* If a car is damaged due to interference by another car, they will be given a 5 minute time limit to repair the car.  The car will be inspected after repairs are made.
* Cars must have been made for this year's race.  Scouts may not use previously made cars.

* Trophies will be awarded for overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each track.
* Medallions will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each rank (Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelo 1, and Webelo 2's).  
* Honorable mention certificates and trophies may be issued at the discretion of the race committee.