Pinewood Derby

Our pack holds an official Pine Wood Derby race every January. Below are the official Pack 182 pinewood derby rules. There are no standard BSA pinewood derby rules, so the rules below are a general set of rules that we have as a pack have adopted and all scouts and parents must follow these rules to participate in the annual Pack 182 Pinewood Derby race.

Pack 182 - Pinewood Derby Rules

Please be sure to read and abide by the rules and follow these two general guidelines -

  1. If something is not specifically stated in the rules below, it is ok.
    2. When in doubt, ask the pack race manager!

For our Packs races, we inspect each car the evening before the big race during our "weigh-in and inspection night", then impound the cars that night to avoid "log jams" the next day. Before your scouts car is impounded and during this weigh-in and inspection time your car will be inspected and weighed; slight modifications are allowed during this period if needed.

We weigh each car with the "official scale" and turned back any car that exceeded 5.0 oz. We then do a quick visual inspection of each car against the following inspection points:

Car Dimension Rules

    • The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.
    • The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
    • The overall height of the car shall not exceed 4 inches.
    • The car must have 1 ¾” clearance between the wheels.
    • The car must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body so it does not rub on the track.

 Derby Car Weight Rules

    • The car shall not exceed 5.0 ounces.
    • The official race scale that is used at car check-in shall be considered final.

Car Modifications Not Allowed

    • The official pine wood block must be used. The block may be shaped in any way that is desired.
    • Official BSA wheels must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seams and imperfections from the wheels.
    • The axles may be altered, polished and lubricated.

 Other Pinewood Derby Race Rules

  • Once a car passes inspection and is entered into the race, only race committee members can touch it.
  • If the car loses a wheel, or is otherwise damaged, the racer shall have 5 minutes to make repairs.
  • Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete.
  • The Inspection Committee has the responsibility to disqualify those cars that do not meet these rules.