District Occoneechee Council
Pinewood Derby Rules
1. A new car must be built from the materials in the Official Pinewood Derby Racing Car Kit. This kit includes a pinewood body, wooden wheel supports, nails for axles, and wheels.
2. The length of the car shall not exceed 7”, the width shall not exceed
2-3/4”, and the weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. The distance between
the front and rear axles shall not be altered. The cut-outs provided for the
axles in the block of wood shall be used.
No loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
4.The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight limit
by the addition of wood or metal, however, any added weights should be built
and securely fastened to the body of the car.
5.Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings on the wheels are prohibited.
6.The car shall not ride on any type of springs or suspension system.
7.Details such as a steering wheel, driver, decals, and paint are
permissible provided they are securely fastened to the car.
8.The car must be free wheeling with not starting devices.
9.Axles (nails furnished with the kit) may be polished to remove burrs
imperfections and may be lubricated with a dry
based lubricant only.
12.Each car must be registered and inspected before it can compete. In the
case of the beauty and unique competition, after the car is registered, the car
shall not be handled by anyone until the judges have completed their
10.The wheels may be sanded to remove burrs and imperfections from the
surface which is in contact with the track. The width and shape of the wheel
shall not be altered in any way. Only the wheels supplied in the official kit
shall be used.
11.Cars will be judged in three categories (speed, beauty, and unique)
with recognition given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
places in each category. Each car may register and compete in only one category in the
District competition. All cars
must be able to run on the track and meet all other qualifications in order to
compete in any category.
13.In the case of those cars competing in the racing competition, the car
shall be handled only by the scout owning the car and only at the time he is
called to race his car, except where the rules permit repairs. Except for repairs, the car cannot be
altered in any way after it is registered and inspected.
14.Should a car be damaged during the race, a repair time of two minutes
is allowed, one time.
15.The racing competition will be run using the "Perfect or
Partial-Perfect Charts" to set-up the speed elimination.Cars will be randomly assigned to lanes and
given points to determine overall status.The cars will run on 3 lanes of track. Basically it is a “points” race.
Date rules March 23
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