This is the most exciting Pack Meeting of the year. Cub Scouts race the cars they've built down our three-lane track. A computer records the time for each car and the winner of each race. Each car races three times. The computer adds up and averages each car's times to come up with overall den and pack winners. Most years, only tenths or even hundredths of a second separates the first-place finishers from the rest of the field. Hot dogs and soft drinks are served. Besides trophies for the winners, ribbons are awarded to cars for various categories such as best-looking car, most unique design, most original, funniest, etc. Each car wins in at least one category. The top finishers from each den and the pack are invited to race in the District-wide Pinewood Derby.
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Three Rivers District Official Pinewood Derby Rules
The rules that follow are the OFFICIAL THREE RIVERS DISTRICT PINEWOOD DERBY RULES!
The information listed below will be the guidelines used by the racing committee in judging
all entries at the District Derby. Information gathered from other sources that does not
conform to the following will not be allowed.
1. The car must have been made for this year's race. Previous year cars cannot be entered.
2. Axles, wheels, and wood body are provided in the official BSA kit - no substitutes.
Official BSA wheels and axles must be used. Solid axles are prohibited.
3. Wheels/tires cannot be altered. Rounding or shaping is not allowed. Wheel bearings,
washers, and bushings are prohibited.
4. The car shall not ride on any springs.
5. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
6. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in or on the car.
7. No light emitting devices are allowed to be turned on during the race.
8. The maximum car length shall not exceed 7 inches. The car must fit in the check-in box.
9. The maximum overall width (including wheels and axles) shall not exceed 2 3/4 inches.
10. The minimum width between the wheels, side to side, shall be 1 3/4 inches. This is to
ensure the car will clear the center guide strip on the track.
11. The minimum clearance between the bottom of the car and the track surface
shall be 3/8 inch. This is to ensure the car will clear the center guide strip on the track.
12. The maximum weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. Weights can be used.
Moving weights are prohibited.
13. Weights that become dislodged during racing will not be re-attached.
14. The official Three Rivers Districtict weigh-in scale may be different from yours,
but it is official and final! All competing cars are weighed on the same scale.
15. Only dry lubricant may be used. All liquid lubricants are prohibited. All wheel
lubrication must be done prior to check-in.
16. Each car must pass inspection to qualify for racing. Once qualified, the car
stays in control of the racing committee until the end of the race. No adjustments
after qualifying for the race.
Cub Scouts who are in need of assistance to meet District specs may take their cars
to the "Pit Stop". The pit crew will provide assistance to the Cub Scout - attaching
loose pieces, reducing weight, reducing length, etc.
The Three Rivers District Pinewood Derby is run using two three-lane tracks.
The tracks are fitted with electronic timers. Each track has an infrared starting gate
and finish line. Each track has software that captures the results. Each Cub Scout's
car races at least once per lane - in most cases, each car will race three times per lane.
The total elapsed time is taken and an average is calculated. The lowest total elapsed