RULES FOR DERBY RACERS
The Pinewood Derby is open only to Cub Scouts and Tiger Cubs registered with our pack. Younger brothers & sisters cannot compete. The entrant is to have the satisfaction of building his own car from the materials in the kit. Guidance and minimal assistance should be given.
The Tigers will be racing against each other, the Wolfs against each other, the Bears against each other, first year Webelos against each other, and second year Webelos against each other.
First, second and third prize plaques will be awarded for each age group. There will be one grand prize trophy awarded. Winners of the Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos races will vie for the trophy at the very end.
IMPORTANT: YOU MUST FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS BELOW AND THE INSTRUCTION SHEET PROVIDED WITH THE KIT!
Width - body width where the wheels attach must be 1 3/4 inches.
- overall body width may not exceed 2 3/4 inches.
Length - overall body length not to exceed 7 inches.
Height - height not to exceed 6 inches.
Bottom clearance between car and track - 3/8 inches
Weight - VERY IMPORTANT. . .Finished weight of the car positively cannot weigh more than 5 oz. Cars weighing more than 5 oz. will not be allowed to race. If you do not have a scale at home, the post office will weigh your car for you.
ONLY the wheels and nails (axles) that come with the kit are permissible. Wheels and nails purchased in a hobby shop are not permitted. If you loose an axle, ask your Den Leader for a new one.
Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings ARE NOT permitted.
No "wafering" of the wheels. Wheels CANNOT be altered or cut down in any way whatsoever. Only light sanding of the wheel tread is allowed.
Axles must be inserted ONLY in precut grooves on the body block.
BLACK POWDERED GRAPHITE MAY BE USED FOR A LUBRICANT, HOWEVER, IT MUST BE PUT ON AT HOME BEFORE COMING INTO THE CHURCH. POSITIVELY NO BLACK POWDERED GRAPHITE IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE CHURCH. POWDERED SILICONE CAN ALSO BE USED. DO NOT USE OIL OR VASELINE FOR A LUBRICANT!
You can use Elmer's glue or super glue to hold the axle to the body, BUT do not glue the axles fast if you want to remove them to put more graphite or silicone on them. Be very careful you do not get glue on the wheel itself.
No loose materials of any kind permitted in or on the car.
Either end can be used for the front or back.
Washers, coins, fishing sinkers, melted-down lead and stick-on weights are examples of weights that can be used. Check your local hobby shop. Weights can be inserted into the car body or can be fastened onto the outside securely, making sure at the same time that width or length specifications are not exceeded. Also, be aware that any weights fastened to the bottom of the car must be able to clear the track!
NO PRECUT CARS OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER WILL BE ALLOWED TO RACE. If you break your car while building it, see your Den Leader about getting a replacement.
Again, follow your instruction sheet provided with your car kit and you should not have a problem. If you are not sure about a certain instruction, do not proceed without advice from your Den Leader. Cars not meeting these specifications will be disqualified and will not be allowed to race.
Each car must pass inspections of the official inspection committee before it may compete. The inspectors have the right to disqualify those cars which do not meet these specifications.
Weigh-in will take place the evening before the race, so that if any corrections have to be made to your car, you will have time to make them. Cars will be weighed and checked out again before racing the next day.
You cannot use last year's car. A new car must be built for each year's race.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, ASK!
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