|Body||The Official BSA Pinewood Derby Kit must be used. The body may be shaped, hollowed, or built up from the original block, as long as it meets all other specifications. Any body additions must be firmly attached.|
|Width||The Width of the car must not exceed 2 3/4 inches.|
|Length||The length of the car must not exceed 7 inches|
|Clearance||The distance between the track and the car bottom must be no less than 3/8 inch. The inside distance between wheels must be no less than 1 3/4 inches.|
|Wheelbase||The wheelbase (dimension between the front and the rear wheel axles) may NOT be modified. It must be the same length as the official kit (the woodblocks included in kits come with pre-cut axel grooves).|
|Wheels||The wheels and axles used must be those furnished in the official kit. Wheels and axles may be sanded and polished to remove the flashing or burrs, only. Changes are NOT allowed in the wheel width, diameter, or shape, such as the rounding or tapering of the wheel tread.|
|Weight||The weight of the race ready car must NOT exceed 5.00 ounces as measured on official scales used by the Race Officials.|
|Other||The car must be free wheeling with no stored energy or movable weights. Only dry lubricants are allowed, such as dry graphite. NO OILS are allowed. Either end of the body may be used as the front but the car must have a blunt area centered on the front end no smaller than 1/4 inch square to accommodate the starting gate mechanism (the track is a series of parallel slots, each with a center drop post which holds the car in place prior to the start of the race). The blunt area must be no more than 3/4 inch above the track surface. No part of the car may extend in front of the blunt area.|
Note: While most younger boys will need some degree of help from their family in customizing their derby car, adults are strongly encouraged to let the boys do as much of the work as possible including design, rough cuts, and finishing. If you are stumped for design ideas or want modelling tips, just perform an Internet search on "pinewood derby".
All boys in Pack 100 will receive an offical derby car kit at the Pack holiday party in December. Boys can then begin work on their cars over the winter break. The Pack Pinewood Derby is held on Martin Luther King Jr Day when school is not in session.
The Hiawatha District of the Baden-Powell Council generally holds a show & tell event at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City in February. A District-wide Pinewood Derby competition is held throughout that event.
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