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Pinewood Derby Rules

New for 2018 – Colored plastic wheels are allowed if you buy them.  Please do not paint them.  It will ruin the track.  If you put weight on the bottom of your car, please make sure it meets specs.  Anything low will drag on the track.

Pack​ ​45​ ​2018 ​Pinewood​ ​Derby​ ​Car​ ​Construction​ ​Rules 

Cars​ ​are​ ​to​ ​be​ ​constructed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​scout​ ​with​ ​guidance​ ​and​ ​supervision​ ​from​ ​the 
parent.​ ​​ ​Have​ ​fun! 
Cars​ ​must​ ​be​ ​constructed​ ​using​ ​an​ ​Official​ ​Boy​ ​Scouts​ ​of​ ​America​ ​Pinewood 
 Derby​ ​Car​ ​kit.​ ​​ ​Substitute​ wheels or​ ​axels​ ​are​ ​not​ ​allowed. 
The​ ​car​ ​must​ ​have​ ​been​ ​constructed​ ​during​ ​the​ ​current​ ​year.​ ​Cars​ ​that​ ​have 
competed​ ​in​ ​a​ ​previous​ ​derby​ ​are​ ​not​ ​permitted.  
The​ ​car​ ​weight​ ​shall​ ​not​ ​exceed​ ​5.0​ ​ounces.​ ​The​ ​official​ ​race​ ​scale​ ​shall​ ​be 
considered​ ​final.  
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​.​​ ​​ ​​ ​​Additional 
decoration​ ​or​ ​weights​ ​added​ ​to​ ​the​ ​bottom​ ​of​ ​the​ ​car​ ​may​ ​hit​ ​the​ ​track.​ ​​ ​It​ ​is 
best​ ​to​ ​recess​ ​any​ ​weights​ ​installed​ ​to​ ​the​ ​underside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​car.  
The​ ​height​ ​of​ ​the​ ​car​ ​shall​ ​not​ ​exceed​ ​3​ ​inches. 
The​ ​distance​ ​between​ ​the​ ​front​ ​and​ ​rear​ ​axle​ ​must​ ​not​ ​be​ ​altered​ ​from​ ​the 
original​ ​kit.​ ​This​ ​distance​ ​is​ ​roughly​ ​4​ ​3/8​ ​inches.  
The​ ​wood​ ​provided​ ​in​ ​the​ ​kit​ ​must​ ​be​ ​used.​ ​The​ ​block​ ​may​ ​be​ ​shaped​ ​any​ ​way 
that​ ​is​ ​desired.  
The​ ​wheels​ ​supplied​ ​in​ ​the​ ​kit​ ​must​ ​be​ ​used​ ​as​ ​is.​ ​​ ​​ ​​No​ ​alterations​ ​are​ ​allowed 
to​ ​the​ ​wheels.​ ​​ ​​ ​Sanding,​ ​decorating,​ ​​ ​painting,​ ​coloring,​ ​polishing, 
beveling,​ ​tapering,​ ​thinning,​ ​wafering,​ ​lathe​ ​turning​ ​or​ ​other​ ​alteration​ ​to 
the​ ​wheels​ ​is​ ​not​ ​allowed.  
The​ ​axles​ ​supplied​ ​with​ ​the​ ​kit​ ​must​ ​be​ ​used.​ ​They​ ​may​ ​be​ ​polished​ ​or 
 lubricated.​ ​​ ​​ ​Do​ ​not​ ​lubricate​ ​the​ ​wheel​ ​other​ ​than​ ​the​​ ​​axel​ ​hub. 
Only​ ​dry​ ​lubricants​ ​such​ ​as​ ​graphite​ ​or​ ​powdered​ ​teflon​ ​”white​ ​lube”​ ​will 
be​ ​allowed​ ​for​ ​lubricating​ ​the​ ​wheels.​​ ​Lubricants​ ​may​ ​not​ ​foul​ ​the​ ​track.  
The​ ​car​ ​must​ ​not​ ​ride​ ​on​ ​any​ ​type​ ​of​ ​springs.  
The​ ​car​ ​must​ ​be​ ​freewheeling,​ ​with​ ​no​ ​starting​ ​devices.  
Wheel​ ​bearings,​ ​washers​ ​or​ ​bushings​ ​are​ ​prohibited.​ ​​ ​No​ ​washers​ ​allowed 
between​ ​the​ ​car​ ​and​ ​the​ ​wheel.  
No​ ​loose​ ​material​ ​of​ ​any​ ​kind,​ ​such​ ​as​ ​lead​ ​shot,​ ​may​ ​be​ ​used.  
Details​ ​such​ ​as​ ​the​ ​steering​ ​wheel,​ ​driver,​ ​decals,​ ​painting,​ ​and​ ​interior​ ​detail​ ​are 
permissible​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as​ ​these​ ​details​ ​do​ ​not​ ​exceed​ ​the​ ​maximum​ ​length,​ ​width, 
and​ ​weight​ ​specifications,​ ​nor​ ​can​ ​they​ ​provide​ ​an​ ​unfair​ ​advantage​ ​to​ ​the​ ​car.  
Each​ ​car​ ​must​ ​pass​ ​inspection​ ​by​ ​the​ ​Inspection​ ​Committee​ ​before​ ​it​ ​will 
be​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​compete.​ ​The​ ​Inspection​ ​Committee​ ​has​ ​the​ ​right​ ​and 
responsibility​ ​to​ ​disqualify​ ​those​ ​cars​ ​that​ ​do​ ​not​ ​meet​ ​these 
specifications.  
Please​ ​note:​ ​​ ​If​ ​a​ ​car​ ​has​ ​wheels​ ​that​ ​have​ ​been​ ​altered,​ ​​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be​ ​disqualified. 
 
 
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