Racers! Start your engines!
This year’s Pinewood Derby competition will be held at Garrison Mill in the Cafeteria.
The race will be held from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday January 25th, and doors open at 12 p.m. This year, we will start with the Webelos, then move through the ranks to the Tigers, and finally the adults and siblings competition at the end. After that we will take the fastest cars from each Den and compete for the overall winner of the Pack.
Prior to the race, we will have a weigh-in on Friday Night, January 23rd, from 5-8 p.m. and again on Saturday morning, January 24th, from 8-11 a.m. at Lisa Wille’s Residence at 11675 Highland Colony Dr. Each car being raced needs to be checked in during one of the weigh-ins.
Remember the following guidelines for your car:
FINAL RACE ASSEMBLY DIMENSIONS
Maximum Height : 4.5 inches – overall height is a tech item (requirement)
Maximum Length : 7 inches – overall length is a tech item (requirement)
Maximum Width : 2-3/4 inches – overall width is a tech item (requirement)
Maximum Weight : 5.0 ounces – as measured on the electronic scale (requirement)
Maximum Wheelbase : 4-7/16 inches – wheelbase is a tech item (requirement)
Minimum Car Bottom-to-Track Surface : 3/8 inch – this is a dimension that will allow the car to clear the track’s raised lane keeper
Minimum Width Between Wheels : 1-3/4 inches – this is a dimension measured between the wheels along the axle centerline, which will allow the car to clear the track’s raised lane keeper.
The most important piece is that the car, with wheels, paint, any glue, accessories and weights, must weigh 5.0 ounces or less. If your car weighs more at the weigh in, you will have the opportunity to try to adjust the weight. Once it is weighed and checked in, the judges will hold onto the cars until race day, when you will have one more opportunity to apply graphite to the wheels before the race.
For a complete guide on pinewood derby tips from Boys Life, follow the link here:
We hope to see you on race day!