Pinewood Derby 2013

Post date: Jan 10, 2013 9:11:54 PM

(Note - The info below is also in the files attached at the bottom if you prefer a printed copy.)

The 2013 running of Pack 815’s Pinewood Derby is going to be bigger and better than ever! Here’s why!

    • This year’s Theme – Food. So get those Weinermobile’s painted and ready to race!

    • New Race Format. With most Scout race contests (Space & Pinewood Derbies, Raingutter Regatta) we use a double elimination format. So, you might put in a whole lot of work and the event is done in a couple of minutes. This year we will run a new race format that will offer a whole morning of excitement for ALL participants!

      • Every car will have a race number – and every Scout will wear the same number.

      • “NASCAR” format – every car will run a minimum of 6 races. The order of finish will dictate the number of points each car receives (1 – 4). After 6 races, the eight cars with the lowest number of points will go to the SHOOTOUT to be crowned Pack Champ. If there are cars tied for the 8th place, there will be a “Race In” to get to the SHOOTOUT.

      • Races will be run every minute and the Scout will be placing their cars on the track to race

      • On the average, every Scout will have a race approximately every 13 minutes. So don’t wander away too far. Your race is coming up . . . again!

      • There’s even an award for Slowest Car. The car that gets the highest order-of-finish points total will receive this trophy.

      • Each Den will also have winners – again, it will be the cars with the lowest point total

      • The Scouts and fans will be kept abreast of all cars’ point totals through our online and real time Scoreboard. You’ll be able to see, at a glance, how you are doing in the contest

    • Of course, there’ll be design awards (and this year’s theme insures that the winners will be very imaginative).


You MUST register your car on Friday, January 11 between the hours of 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at Murdock. (This enables the Scoreboard to be readied for the event)

Race Day Schedule

8:15 a.m. “Resubmission” (of cars that did not pass the night before)

8:30 a.m. Design Judging

8:40 a.m. Flag Ceremony and Race Day rules review

8:50 a.m. Friends of Scouting

9:00 a.m. Racing Begins

11:30 a.m. (est) – Our Pack Champ is crowned

Race Day Rules

1. All Cars, once registered, must be kept in either the Pits or Race Areas at all times.

2. The Races will work as follows:

a. You received with your Race number a list that detailed your races and the lanes you’ll be in for each race

b. We will be calling three race numbers:

i. The race now about to run

ii. The race that is “On Deck”

iii. The race that is in “Ready” position

c. When your race is called for “Ready,” you will go to the Pits and stand before your car. You will not pick the car up until the current race has been run. If you have any questions here, please ask the Pit Boss.

d. When your race is called “On Deck,” you will pick up your car and line up in the proper lane(which is identified A, B, C or D). You will wait here, carefully holding your car, until your race is called. If you have any questions here, please ask the Deck Manager.

e. When your race is called, you will walk up to the track, still standing in the proper lane, and gently place your car on the track. If you have any questions here, please ask the Race Manager.

f. Once you have placed your car on the track, you will walk to the finish “box” to watch the race. Scouts in Lane A & B will go to the Left Box and those in C & D will go to the Right Box.

g. Once all cars have stopped, the Referee will direct you to pick up your car. You will remove the cars from the track and put them back in the appropriate box in the Pit Area.

h. If your car does not make the finish line, it will be judged as coming in 4th place

i. If two cars fail to make the finish line, the one that goes the furthest will be deemed in 3rd place.


4. You cannot adjust your car once it has been registered with the exception of necessary repairs. Any repair made must be approved by the Pit Boss.

5. You will get points for each race. 1st place = 1 point, 2nd place = 2 points, 3rd place = 3 points, 4th place = 4 points. The eight cars with the lowest number of points at the end of the main races will go to the SHOOTOUT

6. The car with the most points will win the Slowest Car Award

7. Any cars tied for the 8th SHOOTOUT spot will go into a one race “Race In.”

8. Any cars tied for the highest point total will go into a one race “Slow-off.”

Official Car Design Rules

Click here for the Official rules for desiging your Pinewood Derby Car, or download the file below.

Pinewood Derby Logo
Pinewood Derby Patch