1/31, Friday: Track set-up and parent test-race
2/1. Saturday: RACE DAY
- Best Workmanship
- Most Patriotic
- Best Paint Job
- Most Original
- Most Creative
- Best Fuel Economy
- Best Military Theme
- Most Colorful
- Best Design
- Coolest Car
- Best Scout Spirit
- Best Sportmanship
- Fastest Overall: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Lions: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Tiger: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Wolf: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Bear: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Webelo 1: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Webelo 2: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
1. Lengths, Width and Clearance
a. Maximum overall width (including wheels and axles) should not exceed 2 3/4".
b. Minimum width between wheels shall be 1 3/4" so car will clear the center guide strip.
c. Minimum clearance between bottom of car and track shall be 3/8", so car will clear the center guide strip.
d. Maximum length shall not exceed 7".
e. The wheelbase (distance between the front and rear axles) may not be changed from the official kit’s wheelbase.
2. Weight and Appearance
a. Weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The readings of the Official Race Scale will be considered final. The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight by addition of wood or metal only, provided it is securely built into the body or firmly affixed to it. No loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
b. Mercury shall not be used for adding weight. It is a potential health
c. Details such as steering wheel, driver, decals, spoilers, painting and interior details are permitted as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specifications.
d. Cars with wet paint or wet glue/adhesives will not be accepted.
3. Wheels and Axles
a. Only the official Scout Grand Prix wheels and axles can be used.
b. Wheel bearings, washers, or bushings are prohibited.
c. The car shall not ride on any type of springs.
d. The car must be freewheeling with no starting device or propulsion.
e. Wheels may be polished or filed around the outer surface, but the original general diameter shall be maintained, and the sidewall lettering (including inside letter) and spoke detail shall be maintained and readable. Reduction of material inside of the sidewall lettering is not allowed (e.g., no drill holes through spokes).
a. Car wheels/axles may be lubricated before inspection. No further lubrication will be permitted after that. To reiterate: no lubrication is allowed during the race!
b. ONLY dry powdered lubricants, such as graphite may be used. Regular oils, WD-40 and silicone sprays can soften plastic wheels and damage/inhibit performance of the track.
5. Ground Rules
a. The race is open to all Cub Scouts in Pack 467 as well as siblings.
b. Cars must have been made for this race.
c. If a car jumps off the track, the heat will be run again. If the same car jumps off the track a second time, it will automatically lose the heat.
d. If a car leaves its lane and interferes with another car, the heat will be run again. If the same car leaves its lane a second time and interferes with another car, the heat will be run again without the interfering car. The interfering car will automatically lose the heat.
e. If a car suffers mechanical problem (e.g., loses an axle, break a wheel, etc.) it will automatically lose the heat.
f. Only one car per scout/family-member/sibling/other.
g. Cars must be made using standard pinewood derby kits. Cars made from any special optimized kits featuring pre-shaped blocks, precision drilled axle or weigh holes, custom axle or wheels will be disqualified.
6. Inspection, Disputes, Exceptional Situations
a. Each car must pass inspection by the Official Inspection Team before it may compete. The Inspection Team has the right to disqualify those cars that do not meet these rules. Car owners will be informed of the violations and given an opportunity to modify the car to meet these rules.
b. Any participant (including the parent of the participant) has the right to appeal to the Race Committee for an interpretation of these rules. The Race Committee, by majority vote, will make a final determination and the decision of the Race Committee will be final.
c. Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant will be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.
d. The Race Committee, by majority vote, may remedy unforeseen or exceptional situations to the spirit of the races, Cub Scout principals, and in fairness. This includes repairing damage caused by exceptional situations such as an official’s mishandling of a car, but does not include repairs for mishandling by the participant, workmanship, risks associated with racing, and wear-and-tear.
This is an abbreviated set of instructions. The internet provides a wealth of information and advice.