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Pinewood Derby Car Workshop Day #1
January 11, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST
The Pack will have leaders and tools available to assist you/your scout in building his/her pinewood derby car on Tuesday, January 11th. Please sign up for a time slot if you’d like to attend this workshop for assistance with your scout’s car. Slots are available for 6-7pm and 7-8pm. This workshop will be held at Grove Presbyterian Church.
What you need to do:
1. Pick a design and sketch it onto your block of wood
4. Paint, add stickers (optional)
5. Add weights to reach 5oz (pack scale available if needed)
6. File/Sand axles (optional)
7. Install axles/wheels (be careful to just do one time)
Scout store, Michaels, AC Moore have supplies. You can use anything for weights.
Pack 802’s Pinewood Derby Rules:
1. Build a car using the parts in the BSA “Official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit” handed out by the Pack. Buying a pre-made car from the internet is not acceptable. You may use additional accessories and car components sold at the scout store and local retailers as long as they are labeled with the BSA logo. You must build a new car each year.
2. Car weight cannot exceed 5 ounces when weighed on the Pack scale on race day. There is no advantage for being less than 5oz so everyone should aim for that by adding weights to car. Weights can be purchased from various stores including The Scout Store, Michaels, Jo-Anns, etc.
3. Minimum bottom clearance (bottom of car to ground) is 3/8″ (including weights) to ensure clearance of the lane guides.
4. Gravity is the only propulsion source (no motors or CO2).
5. Powdered graphite is the only wheel lubrication allowed – cannot use liquid sources.
6. Car design cannot come to a sharp point at the front because it needs to rest on the pinewood derby track pin at start of race. When it comes to a tip in the front, it is difficult to maintain it’s position on the track and not slip off the pin which holds the car straight. A tip this is flattened (straight) will work as long as the car is symmetrical.
*There are no restrictions on trimming the wood block, polishing axles (nails), lubricating axles (graphite), drilling new axle holes or moving wheel base, sanding wheels, canting wheels, running on three wheels, adding decorations to car, etc.