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Race Day!




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Race Roster        Design Awards        Heat Results        Individual Car Statistics        Time Statistics        Final Standings (overall)    Final Standings by Rank


Official Schedule, Rules and Procedures


Location: Calhoun Elementary School Gymnasium 150 Sherwood Ave Calhoun, TN

Tentative Schedule:

7:30 - 9:30 am Registration (ALL CLASSES)
9:30-10:00 am People’s Choice Voting
10:00 - 12:00 pm Race Heats
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch Break (w/Design Judge evaluations)
1:00 - 3:00 pm Races Heats
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break (Judges Conference to calculate winners)
3:30 - 4:00 pm Awards Ceremony

Entry Fee:

If a sponsor can be found to cover the costs of trophies, there will be NO entry fee per scout. If no sponsor is found, entry fee will be $2.00 per scout.


A concession stand will be provided, but packs or individuals can bring their own lunch or snacks if they wish. We are working on a a sponsor for lunch and if it happens, we hope to provide hot dogs, chips and drinks to everyone for lunch!


Any adults interested in helping during setup, operation and clean-up times, please let me know! All assistance is appreciated!

For more information, contact Phil Seibert at (423) 336-9919 or Stan Weslowski at 336-9943.

Official Rules

(1) The car must be newly built for the current Cub Scouting year by the Scout with parental help as needed. Only one car may be registered by any Cub Scout.

(2) All participants must be a registered Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Scout. The Cub Scout must be present when his car is presented for inspection and registration and must be present throughout the race. Any Cub Scout who is not present when they are called for a scheduled heat will be disqualified for the remaining heats at the discretion of the official committee.

(3) Each car must pass inspection by the official committee before the car can compete. The decision of the committee is final.

(4) Once the Pinewood Derby Car has been accepted by the inspection committee, no maintenance of any kind is permitted, including additional lubrication.

(5) If a car becomes disabled during the race, it may continue until it no longer will go down the track or is eliminated.

(6) If a car leaves its lane, at his sole discretion, the Trackmaster may inspect the track and, if a track fault is found which probably caused the initial violation, the Trackmaster may order the race heat to be rerun after the track is repaired.

(7) If a car is damaged due to track fault, or damage caused by another car or person, then the Trackmaster, at his sole discretion, may allow additional repair assistance and time to the Cub. The car shall be re-qualified for racing in accordance with the established rules.

(8) If, during a race heat, a car leaves its lane but proceeds down the track in a manner that does not interfere with its opponent, then the race will be called normally.

(9) If a car leaves it’s lane and interferes with another car, the non-offending car will be allowed to run the heat again for official time. The offending car will be given a “default” time for the heat.

(10) The Race Official's decision(s) in any race matter will be final.

Car Specifications

Width: The width of the car may not exceed 2.75 inches.

Length: The overall length of the car may not exceed 7 inches.

Weight: The total weight of the car may not exceed 5 ounces.

Suspension: The car shall not ride on any type of suspension or springs.

Wheels & Axles: The wheels and axles must be those supplied by the BSA in their kits. The wheels may be trimmed to remove imperfections, but may not be rounded, pointed, or thinned; the tread must remain original width (see diagram at right).

No hubcaps (stickers on the outside of the wheel).

Axles may not be altered in any way, except for polishing. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.

Wheel hubs (the part of the wheel that contacts the car) shall not be rounded, drilled, filed, or altered in any way.

Wheel Base: The distance between the front and rear axles must not be changed from the kit body distance of 4.25 inches. The minimum width between the wheels must be at least 1.75 inches.

Materials: No loose materials (such as lead shot) of any kind are permitted.

Lubrication: Only graphite or powdered Teflon "white lube" is allowed for lubricating the wheels.

Car Body: Car bodies must use the block of wood supplied in the BSA Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit; body may be shaped to a custom design within the above specs. Body may be hollowed out and built up to maximum weight, provided all additions are securely attached.

Details: Details such as steering wheels, driver decals, paintings, interior details are permissible as long as the inclusion of these details does not exceed the length, width, weight, and ground specifications.

Propulsion: Gravity is the only allowed method of propulsion.

Identification: The official number must be clearly visible on the car.


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Last modified: 09/19/13