This Pinewood Derby race is open to absolutely anyone, regardless of age, gender, or having a child in Cub Scouts or not. All proceeds go towards Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. There will be Bigs and Littles participating in the races, as well as a BBBS booth to answer any questions about signing up to be a Big!
If you don't know what a Pinewood Derby is; it is building a official kit car to your liking, and then using your car in a series of races down a long, grooved track. There will be sweet prizes for the top 3 winners of the fastest car competition, as well as prizes for the most creative car competition. There will be local celebrity judges to choose the most creative car winners!
You can find official kit cars online or in local stores like Pat Catan's.
Official car 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 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.
-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:
-Car must have been built this year (no past cars allowed).
-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.
-You will have 10 minutes to modify your car to meet the requirements if it does not pass the inspection.