Official Pinewood Derby RulesGRAND PRIX PINEWOOD DERBY KIT
|These are the famous "rules-in-the-kit-box." In 1996 the official pine block in the BSA kit had the cockpit cutout removed and a new kit-box design, but the included rule sheet was the same as in previous years. In 1997 the rule sheet (below) was re-reformatted and slightly revised. These rules DO NOT include the (very necessary) race procedures, but they DO include some handy "Building Instructions." These rules are a very good place to start.|
A CUB SCOUT/PARENT PROJECT
KIT NO. 17006
The Pinewood Derby is open to all Cub Scouts. Cars should be built by the Cub Scouts with some adult guidance. Any technical assistance should be fully explained to the Cub Scout so that he can use that knowledge on future projects. Because it is difficult to establish how much help was given in building the car, some Packs have a separate Pinewood Derby Race for adults.
IMPORTANT: The Race Committee should decide on rules and race procedures, then have them printed and distributed to all participants at least two weeks before the race.
Lay square on block to check for squareness and alignment of slot.
Use two hacksaw blades side by side to redress the slots. Use the
edge of the square as a guide.
PAINTING AND WHEEL ASSEMBLY Apply several coats of sanding sealer;
then sand entire car with a fine-grade sandpaper. Give model at least
two coats of fast drying paint, in your choice of color. When paint
is completely dry sand with a fine sandpaper, apply a final coat of
paint and allow to dry thoroughly. TO FINISH, rub entire car with a
rubbing compound. Details such as windshield, driver, racing numbers,
etc., should be added now. For a super finish apply a coat of auto wax
and rub to a high gloss. Pre-lubricate axles and wheels using, dry powdered
lubricant. Do not use regular oil or silicone spray, since it may soften
the plastic. Slide wheels over axles, then gently tap them into the
car body grooves with a 1/4" dowel or similar object to within 1/32"
of car body. (See Figure 4). Make sure wheels turn freely.