Pinewood Derby Rules
All cars must pass inspection to qualify for the race (see Pack
Calendar for this year's weigh-in/inspection date). The inspection
points are as follows.
Each heat will be announced. Drivers will report to the starting
line and place their cars on the track. All otehr people must remain
behind the barrier.
The starter will make sure the cars are on the track properly and then
will start the race.
The drivers then report to the finish line to record the results.
The car whose nose is over the finish line first is the winner. RAce
judges will select the first, second, and third place winners.
If a car leaves the track, runs out of its lane, interferes with another
car, loses an axle, etc., the heat will be rerun. If the same car
gets into trouble on the second run, the contestant is disqualified and
automatically loses that race. If, on the second run, another car
is interfered with, the heat will be run a third time, but without the
When the results of each heat are recorded, the drivers will take their
cars and return to their seats.
Den winners will be determined first. The first three places from
each den will advance to the pack championship heats. The remaining
drivers will participate in consolation heats.
The car must have been made during the current year (the year in which
the Derby is held.)
The width of the car shall not exceed 2 3/4 inches.
The length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
The weight of the car shall not exceed 5 ounces.
Axles, wheels, and body wood shall be as provided in the kit.
Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
The car shall not ride on any kind or type of springs.
Any details added must be within length, width, and weight limits.
The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
No loose materials of any kind (such as lead shot) are allowed in the car.
The official number must be clearly marked and visible on the car.