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Bull Run District Pinewood Derby 2014

Manassas Mall

Saturday, 8 February 2014 11AM to 2PM


District Derby:

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 consideration

Open Class:

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.

Outlaw Class:

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):

  1. Car must be built within the current school year.  Only cars built for the 2014 Pinewood Derby season are eligible for competition.

  2. Cars may NOT contain components from cars built for previous years’ competitions.


    1. Car axles, wheels and bodies must be built from official BSA Pinewood Derby kits.

    2. The wheel profile should be fairly flat, with no significant rounding. 

    3. Only the official BSA wheels that come with the kit are acceptable.

      1. Official BSA colored wheels purchased from officially licensed BSA distributors MAY be used.

    4. All BSA trademarks and other identifying insignia MUST be clearly visible on ALL wheels.

    5. "Pinecar” Wheels are NOT Official BSA Wheels.

    6. Wheels may NOT be altered in any way that changes the dimensions. Wheels may be lightly sanded to remove flashing.

    7. Bearings, washers or bushings are NOT allowed. 

    8. "hub cap" covers are NOT allowed on the wheels.

    9. Wheels may NOT be painted.

    10. Cars MUST run with ALL FOUR wheels, in pre-cut axle slots.

    11. 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.

    12. Cars MUST use the pre-cut axle slots. Axle slots should be clearly visible.

    13. 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)


    1. Cars SHALL NOT be more than 7 inches long or 2 ¾ inches wide.

    2. Car body must clear the ground by at least 3/8 of an inch.

    3. Height SHALL NOT exceed 4 inches. 

    4. The wheelbase (distance between front and rear axles) may not be changed.

    5. Wheels may NOT extend beyond the end of the car.


    1. Cars SHALL NOT weigh more than 5 ounces.

    2. The weight shown on the official scale is final.

    3. Mercury cannot be used as a weight and is never safe for minors.

    4. All cars must be free-wheeling with no starting aids.

    5. The car cannot ride on springs. Magnets are not allowed.


    1. Cars are only allowed to use dry lubricants such as graphite or Teflon.

    2. No lubrication will be allowed after the car has been impounded after passing the official weighing or between races.


    1. 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 disqualified.

    2. 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.

    3. Any unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or member of the audience will be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.


    1. 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. 

    2. 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.

    3. 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 missed heats.

    4. 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.


Forbidden Wheels:




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