February 2011 District Pinewood Derby Rules

FT. Clatsop District

Pinewood Derby Rules

Revised December 2010

District Pinewood Derby Car Specifications:

  • Width shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
  • Length shall not exceed 7 inches.
  • Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces.
  • Height shall not exceed 3 ¾ inches.
  • Width between wheels shall not be smaller than 1 ¾ inches.
  • Bottom clearance between car and track shall not be lower than 3/8 of an inch.




  • Only official BSA wheels and nail type axles are permitted.  
  • The main body of the car must be made of wood.
  • Car must have 4 wheels and axles on it. No more or less.
  • ONLY Dry lubricant is permitted.   NO OIL
  • Wheel bearings, washers, bushings, sleeves, inserts, magnets and springs are prohibited.
  • No part of the car can go past the starting peg.
  • No loose materials of any kind are allowed in or on the car.
  • The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.



  • See ALL CAR RULES above.




  • See ALL CAR RULES above.
  • Wheel base (may be modified, as long as it does not exceed car specifications).
  • Wheels maybe modified, but BSA lettering shall be visible and shall not be smoothed or rounded off.



Pinewood Derby Procedures


Classes (Stock and Modified):


Tiger Stock

Bear Stock

Wolf Stock

Webelo I Stock

Webelo II Stock

Tiger Modified

Bear Modified

Wolf Modified

Webelo I Modified

Webelo II Modified




  1. Each Pack can bring the top 3 winners from each of the above classes to the District Pine Wood Derby
  2. A scout can bring only one car to district to race in the stock OR modified heats.
  3. Each pack must pre-register all qualified scouts (name, rank and race-stock or modified) via-email or letter.
  4. The entry fee (per scout) is $3.00 to cover the cost of the awards and the running of the District Pinewood Derby.
  5. Each boy brings his car to the inspection and registration table to have it inspected and numbered with a small sticker. If a car does not pass inspection, the owner will be informed of the reason for failure, and be given time within the official weigh-in time period to make the adjustment. 
  6. The only prep allowed is to re-graphite the wheels.
  7. After registration and inspection, cars are brought to the starter’s table and checked in.




  1. As each heat is announced, drivers will bring their cars to the starting gate. Starter releases the gate.
  2. Each car will run 4 heats – each car will be will have a combined time for all 4 runs.  Lowest time will be Class Winner (i.e., District Wolf Stock Winner).  NOTE:  This process is done through the District Pine Wood Derby Software.
  3. The winner of the heat and non-winners return their cars to the staging area. They then go to the spectator area to await their next heat.
  4. If a car leaves the track, runs out of its lane, interferes with another car, the heat will be rerun, if the same car does it a second time in the same heat it will be disqualified and judged last.
  5. If a car loses an axle or other part during a heat, the heat will be rerun if the car can be repaired quickly if not it will be disqualified.




  1. Awards will be given to the top three in each class.
  2. From the stock and modified heats the first three fastest cars from each age group (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelo I and Webelo II) will advance to the championship heats. To determined the fastest cars in the district.
  3. Awards will be given to the top three fastest cars in stock and modified races.
  4. Good sportsmen like conduct at all times please.
  5. Most important rule of all LETS HAVE FUN!


Note:  Adults will be allowed to race in the modified or stock classes – separate race


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