2020 Pinewood Derby Race


Our Pack 540 Cub Scouts will work together with a parent or guardian (you!) to build confidence – and their own custom race car! Please begin with an official Pinewood Derby Race Car kit, then create a carved design from the woodblock provided in the kit. You can then detail it with paint, decals and other accessories, and perfect your strategies to compete in our annual Pinewood Derby Race Day. It’s s a wonderful learning experience centered on teamwork, ingenuity, and sportsmanship – all for the thrill of the race and a lifetime of great memories to share with fellow racers young and old.

WEIGH-IN: Saturday, January 25th, 10:30am-12:30pm in the Scout Hut

Your car will be weighed in on the official Pack scales. Your car should weight as near to 5.0 ounces WITHOUT going over. You will be asked for your car’s race name and be given a number. Then your car will be safely impounded overnight; you’ll see it the next day at the race.

RACE Day: Sunday January 26th, 3pm in the family life center

This is scheduled to be a big day! There are other scouting events going on at Due West United Methodist Church. We hope to see you at a few!

  • 8am-10:45/11am Venture Crew 540 FUNDRAISING Pancake Breakfast – Family Life Center There is no formal charge for this but all donations will be happily accepted.
  • 11am DWUMC’s Scout Sunday: interfaith service presented by the Scouts in the Worship Center. All faiths and families are welcome.
  • 3pm Pack 540 Pinewood Derby – Family Life Center, Concessions for sale. 

Please keep in mind that family involvement is still what makes our Pack great! We are in need of some volunteers for concessions, car carriers, and other aspects of the race day. If you would like to assist in any way, please email Lindsey at parisianelle@gmail .com


1. All cars must begin with a BLOCK of wood from a Pinewood Derby Kit.  Pre-cut derby cars will not be allowed to enter any races. 

2. All cars should not be higher than 3 inches from the tabletop.

2. Clearance between wheels on the same axle must be at least 1 3/4 inches.

3. The overall width of the car shall not be more than 2 ¾ inches. The car should have at least 3/8-inch clearance underneath (from tabletop to bottom of car).

4. The length of the car shall not be more than 7 inches.

5. The completed car shall not be more than 5.0 ounces (141.8 grams) as weighed by the official designated Pack Scale.

6. The design of the car must allow for it to be held by the starting gate, and no part of the car can extend beyond the inside edge of the starting gate release rods.

7. The car shall not ride on any type of spring.

8. Distance between the front and rear axles must be the same as comes in the original kit slots. Approximately 4-3/8 inches or 11 CM.

10. The 4 axles furnished with the kit and any official BSA wheels (any color) must be used.

11. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are not allowed.

12. Wheels may be lightly sanded to remove any burs or imperfections.   Wheels cannot be reshaped or altered.

13. The car must be freewheeling with no starting devices.

14.No oil, grease, or silicone spray may be used on the axles or wheels.  Only powdered or liquid-to-dry graphite is allowed.

15. Painting and detailing are allowed so long as they are within all rules and acceptable in the spirit of scouting.

16. The car will be impounded at the weigh-in and cannot be altered in any way until the completion of the race.

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