Cub Scout Pack 800 Pinewood Derby Rules
One (1) official car kit will be provided by the pack. Additional car kits are available for
siblings and parents for a nominal cost.
Each kit contains 1 car block, 4 wheels and 4 nail
axles. This is the official Cub Scout
kit and there are no substitutions.
Only components from the official kit distributed this season are
allowed. No other sources can be used. No cars or parts from previous years are
allowed. Any deviations will considered
to be “Open” class cars and will not be eligible for “Speed” awards”
Scout cars will be judged in light of ability and level of
achievement by scouting level. Each car
should show a joint effort by parent and child. This is a shared scout/parent project, not a parent race or
project. Have fun, but let your child
decide what to build. The parent and
sibling race is a separate race after the Scout event.
Deadline for the car weigh-in and impound is specified in the
Pack800 Pinewood Derby Information page.
Design judging for Scout cars will be done on Thursday
night. Judging will be on effort and
ability of child’s involvement based on the scouting level. Parents may help with the design idea, basic
shaping, and wheel alignment.
The child should help think up the design idea, help with
the shaping, and do the paining and decorating of the car.
Once all cars (Scout and parent) are weighed in they are
impounded until their first scheduled race time. Car will be available for graphite immediately prior to the
races; however, no additional graphite will be allowed after racing starts.
Scout Design Awards will be presented during the Derby
Speed awards will be presented after the completion of the
Cub Scout must be present during the race in order to
participate in the Speed event. The
individual scout racer must handle their car during the race. Scouts are responsible for carrying and
handling their own cars. Be careful not
to drop your car during handling and racing, they won’t last. Dropping a car once is usually enough to
The official weigh-in will occur at the time and location
posted in the agenda on the Pack800 Pinewood Derby Information page.
Minor last minute weight adjustments (adding weight) will be
allowed; however, car must be complete and ready to race when presented at
weigh-in. No graphite, construction,
painting or finishing at weigh-in!
If you miss the official weigh-in then you can still participate, however your car will not
be eligible for the official Scout Speed or Design contests.
You can still participate in the "Open" class race at the end of the evening.
Tips: A penny ($0.01) weighs 0.1 ounce. It’s better to build the car slightly under
the limit and adjust up than to have to remove material at the last minute.
Race times depend on the number of cars participating and
may deviate from the times posted in the agenda.
Only the official kit from the Pack may be used.
Width not to exceed 2 ¾ inches. Length is not to exceed 7 inches. The height is not to exceed 3 inches.
Track clearance is 3/8 inches to successfully straddle the
Weight is not to exceed 5.0 ounces per official Pack 800
Axle spacing is not defined however to be eligible for the
Blackhawk 500 District event, axle spacing must be 4.4 inches +- 0.125 inch
Any material added to the car for decoration or weight
adjustments must be securely fastened to the car.
Wheel bearing, washers, bushings, and shaped, narrowed, or
split axles are prohibited. The
original axles may not be changed in any way, shape, or form, except that burrs
and ridges may be removed and smoothed.
Lubricating with graphite or other dry lubricants is
permissible. No liquid lubricants are
Graphite will be available at the race. You may apply whatever amount of graphite
that you want prior to your first race.
Once racing begins, no further graphite may be applied. Reapplying graphite or any other lubricant
at any time after the start of the
races will result in disqualification from the speed event.
Graphite is messy.
All application of graphite must be done outdoors. There will be a table setup outside for use
during the application of graphite. No
graphite is allowed indoors.
No starting attachments are allowed. Car must be freewheeling.
Only the stock (Cub Scout kit) wheels and axles may be
used Correction of manufacturing
imperfections will be the only modification of stock wheels allowed. There can be no modifications to the basic
wheels other than smoothing of the wheel surfaces that contact the racetrack
track, the sides of the car and the axles.
Burrs may be removed from the axles; however, original axle size and
shape must be retained.
The width of the wheels may not be altered from the original
Enhancements such as drivers, fenders, wheel guards,
windshields, wings or shark-fins are acceptable as long as the maximum
dimensions are not violated.
The car must have been entirely made during the current
racing season. No cars or parts used in
previous years are allowed.
On the day of the race, all cars are subject to inspection
by the officials and are subject to disqualification if any of the
specifications are violated at any time.
Cars will be placed in random lanes or cycled through each
lane as required to allow each participant to race in each of the lanes.
One of the two following formats will be used to determine the winners:
Top speed with lane rotation
Cars will be placed in random lanes or cycled through each lane as required to allow
each participant to race in each of the lanes. The racer continues to race
until he receives for (4) last place finishes.
Heats will be reviewed after every ten (10) races to ensure a balanced
Top speed with lane rotation:
The timer determines the elapsed time for each run. The fastest time out of all of the
runs will be used to determine the final place.
All cars must start by gravity from a standstill. No pushing is allowed.
The car whose nose is over the finish line last will be
considered the last place car. Cars
that fail to complete the course will be deemed to have finished in last place
regardless of the number of cars in the heat or race.
Pack 800 uses an electronic timer. If the car leaves the track and affects the outcome of the race,
the race may be rerun at the discretion of the Pack 800 official. If the car leaves the track a second time,
or interferes with other cars, though no fault of the official race starter or
spectator, it is automatically disqualified.
The Pack 800 scale is the official weigh-in scale. Ultimately it doesn’t matter what it weighs
on any other scale.
All cars remaining in the race at the Design Award
presentation break will be impounded and reinspected during the Design Award
presentation. (NO ADDITIONAL GRAPHITE
MAY BE APPLIED).
Speed awards will be given for First through Sixth place
cars. These six (6) Scout cars will
advance to the Blackhawk 500 and be sponsored by Pack800 if the cars do not
violate any of the Blackhawk 500 eligibility rules. This District race is usually held in April. All other cars are encouraged to attend the
Blackhawk 500, especially the cars that win the design awards.
Once the final four cars are determined, four (4) final
races will be run with each car running in each lane of the track to determine the
“Open” class race
After the completion of the finals, the parents and siblings
are invited to participate in the “Open” class race. “Open” class includes parents, siblings, or Cub Scouts who have
cars that do not qualify for the “Speed” race.
For example, missed the official weigh-in or used ineligible components,
or cars that broke and needed to be repaired during the event.
The top four winners from the previous year are encouraged
to bring their winning cars from the previous year, to compete in the Open
Cars must be weighed-in and impounded Thursday night to be
considered for the Design Awards or
Design Awards are for Scout Cars only
The following factors will govern the judging of the contest: Originality 40%, Quality of workmanship by
child 30%, and General appearance 30%.
Design award categories:
Suggested Tools/ Finishes
After rough sawing, one effective shaping tool is made by
gluing a strip of rough sand (garnet) paper to a strip of wood. Finish using sandable primer/sealer, and
then enamel paint.
All decisions made by the race committee during the race are
final and are not subject to review.
Volunteers are needed!!!
Help weigh-in, organize and register the cars, assemble and
disassemble the track, officiate the races, organize the boys, and clean-up
after the races.
Without your help this event cannot occur.