Bull Run District
Pinewood Derby 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014 11AM to 2PM
The Top 5 Racers from each Bull Run
District Pack, as determined by the Pack, are invited to compete in the 2014
District Pinewood Derby. The scout must
be present to race. Active Bull Run
District Cub Scouts only may compete in the District Derby.
Bull Run Cup:
The Bull Run Cup is awarded annually
to the Cub Scout Pack with the fastest average time in the Cub Race. The
winning Pack will keep the Bull Run District Cup until the following year’s
Bull Run District Pinewood Derby. Where they will have a chance to defend it or
relinquish it the new winner. The cup is awarded to the Bull Run District Pack
with the fastest average time in the Bull Run District Cub Race. A Pack’s
average time is calculated by combining times from all 5 of the Pack’s entries
in the Cub Race and dividing by 5
Packs must have 5 cars entered in the Cub Race to be eligible for
All other Bull Run District Cub Scouts, Tiger Cubs through Webelos
who have completed Cub Scouts as of December 2012 are invited to race in the
Open Class race. Parents, siblings, other
family members and Scouting Officials may compete in the Open Class race. The racer
must be present to race. The Open Class requires adherence to the same rules
and car specifications as the District Derby.
Similar to the Open Class, this class is open to scouts, parents,
siblings, other family members and scouting officials. The Outlaw class has a
greatly reduced set of rules. Cars racing in this class must following the same
general rules with regard to car dimension. There are no limitations on wheel
type or design. Cars cannot weigh more than 10 ounces. No toxic substances such
as mercury may be used. Only dry lubricants are permitted in any race.
Cars will be inspected during registration for compliance with the
specifications set forth below. If, at
registration a car does not pass inspection, the owner will be informed of the
reason for failure and may correct the car in the designated pit crew area. Cars should be presented in a "race
ready" condition, and once registered, will be impounded.
There is a $7 entrance fee on race day. Race day registration is from 8:00AM – 10:00AM
(Anyone not in line by 9:45AM will not be registered). Races start at 11:00AM sharp. For an additional $3.00, a Cub Scout may
enter a second car in the Open Class race.
You may not enter two cars in the Derby or two cars in the Open
race. There is a $7 entrance fee per car
for those who wish to compete in the Outlaw Class. There is no discount for
multiple cars in the Outlaw race. Please Make Checks payable to NCAC-BSA,
please include name and pack number.
Manassas Mall – Open area near J.C.
Penney. Please use mall entrance number 4
Rules & Specifications:
Car Materials and Construction (Race Rules):
Car must be built within the current school
year. Only cars built for the 2014 Pinewood Derby season are
eligible for competition.
NOT contain components from cars built for previous years’ competitions.
WHEELS AND AXLES
Car axles, wheels and bodies must be built
from official BSA Pinewood Derby kits.
The wheel profile should be fairly flat, with
no significant rounding.
Only the official BSA wheels that come with
the kit are acceptable.
Official BSA colored wheels purchased from
officially licensed BSA distributors MAY be used.
All BSA trademarks and other identifying
insignia MUST be clearly visible on ALL wheels.
"Pinecar” Wheels are NOT Official BSA Wheels.
Wheels may NOT be altered in any way that
changes the dimensions. Wheels may be lightly sanded to remove flashing.
Bearings, washers or bushings are NOT allowed.
"hub cap" covers are NOT allowed on
Wheels may NOT be painted.
Cars MUST run with ALL FOUR wheels, in pre-cut
Wheels may NOT be peaked, H’d, humped,
tapered, narrowed, rounded (U’d) or have the shape modified in any way. See
figures below for examples of forbidden wheels.
Cars MUST use the pre-cut axle slots. Axle
slots should be clearly visible.
Glue and or other materials must NOT obstruct
the clear view of the axles and axle slots. (Note: gluing is allowed,
competitor is strongly advised to use a clear drying glue)
LENGTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT &
Cars SHALL NOT be more than 7 inches long or 2
¾ inches wide.
Car body must clear the ground by at least 3/8
of an inch.
Height SHALL NOT exceed 4 inches.
The wheelbase (distance between front and rear
axles) may not be changed.
Wheels may NOT extend beyond the end of the
WEIGHT AND APPEARANCE
Cars SHALL NOT weigh more than 5 ounces.
The weight shown on the official scale is
Mercury cannot be used as a weight and is
never safe for minors.
All cars must be free-wheeling with no
The car cannot ride on springs. Magnets are
Cars are only allowed to use dry lubricants
such as graphite or Teflon.
No lubrication will be allowed after the car
has been impounded after passing the official weighing or between races.
INSPECTIONS AND DISPUTES
Each car must pass inspection, by race
officials, before it will be registered.
Cars determined by the judges to not comply with these rules WILL be
Any participant (including the parent of the
participant) has the right to appeal to the race committee for an
interpretation of these rules. The Race committee, by majority vote, will be
the final judge of these rules. In case of a tie vote the decision of the Race
Committee Chairperson will be final.
Any unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant
or member of the audience will be grounds for expulsion from the competition
and/or the race area.
The computer determines race pairings. Not all scouts will race each other, although
an attempt is made to have all scouts race in each lane of the track.
If a car jumps its lane during competition, a
re-race will occur, regardless of whether the car interfered with another
competitor. If the same car jumps its lane for a second time in that heat, that
car will be given a default time of 8 seconds. This time is not allowable in
consideration for the Open Class of racing.
If a car suffers a mechanical problem, loses
an axle, breaks a wheel, etc, the heat will be run without the problem car. If
the problem car can be repaired prior to the completion of the final heat, it
will be permitted to run in the lanes that it would have run in during the
In the event of a failure of the electronic
sensors, the judges will determine the winner of each race, and we will move to
a double elimination method.