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(Krum, Texas)
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Pack 136 Pinewood Derby Rules

2017 Pack 136 Derby Rules

Racing is available to all 2017 registered Cub Scouts of Pack 136 and their immediate family.

The following are the basic rules for the derby.  

There are two (2) categories this year:

1.        All Scouts using hand designed kits that were handed out. No pre-designed or laser cut cars.  Races and Awards are by Den.  Overall race awards for fastest Scout.

2.        Family Race - Siblings and Scouts who use handmade, pre-designed or laser cut kits.


Following are the inspection points for Category 1 and 2:

  • Pre-designed body kits are permitted in Category 2 only, as long as the wood is Pine and the overall car meets regulations.  You may purchase your car online, or at a hobby store (i.e Hobby Lobby or Michael's). The main rule you MUST follow for Category 1 and 2 is that the BSA Wheels and Axles (Nails) must be usedNo solid axles or ball bearing axles. BSA tires and axles can be purchased at or at the Lewisville Scout Shop.


  • For the Community Race, car kits may be purchased at Hobby Lobby or Michael's.  Recommend PineCar brand, but any pine wood kit will suffice.  The main rule you MUST follow is that Axles (Nails) must be used.  No solid axles or ball bearing axles.


Following are the inspection points for Category 1 and 2 races:

  1. 1.The car weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final.
  2. 2.The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
  3. 3.The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
  4. 4.The car must have 1 ¾” clearance between the wheels.
  5. 5.The car must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body.
  6. 6.The wood provided in the kit must be used for Race 1. The block may be shaped any way that is desired. For Race 2, a pre-designed body may be purchased and used in place of using the provided block, but must be made of the same pine material.
  7. 7.For Race 1 and 2, the BSA wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam from the wheels.
  8. 8.For Race 1 and 2, the axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated.
  9. 9.Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited.
  10. 10.The car must not ride on any type of springs.
  11. 11.The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
  12. 12.No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used.

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.

Additional rules to follow:

  • In Category 1 and, 2, the car body may have no moving parts.
  • If, during a race, a car leaves the track without interfering with its opponent, it shall be considered to have ended its heat at that point.
  • If a car leaves its lane, at his sole discretion, the track chairman may inspect the track and, if a track fault is found which probably caused the initial violation; the track chairman may order the race to be rerun after the track is repaired.
  • If, during a race, no car reaches the finish line on the track, the car which went the farthest in its lane shall be declared as the heat winner.
  • If, during a race, a car leaves its lane and, in so doing, interferes with another racer, then the car at fault shall be declared to have lost the race heat.
  • Construction of ALL entries MUST have begun AFTER last year's races.
  • Only one car may be registered by any person in the Pinewood Derby.
  • Only dry lubricants such as graphite or powdered Teflon "white lube" will be allowed for lubricating the wheels. Lubricants may not foul the track.
  • Only one lubrication is allowed before the beginning of the first race.
  • 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.