South Mountain District
Pinewood Derby Quick Reference
This guide is for families looking to build a car that meets the South Mountain
District (SMD) Pinewood Derb y® (PWD) Race Rules, with a minimum of fuss:
1) Refer to the SMD PWD Checklist on the next page. This
checklist will be
used by the inspectors at the SMD PWD Race. The sheet in the PWD Car Kit box is also good
2) Use the materials that come in the Official BSA Pinewood Derby ® Car kit.
ThePinewood Block The Nails The Wheels The Info Sheet
a) Do NOT use kits from other sources.
bl Do NOT use pinewood blocks, nails, and/or wheels from other sources.
c) If something breaks, go to the Minsi Trails Scout Shop and buy another kit
wedge or tube. Don't go to any other store, their parts will NOT pass the inspect ion.
3) Do not be surprised if the car will need to remove a tiny amount of
to meet the maxim um 5.00 ounces. TheDistrict scale will probably not match exactly your
4) Do NOT put thick and/or wide weights on the bottom of the pinewood block. They may
cause your car not to roll on the SMD track. That's why there is a minimum ground clearance.
S) The axle tips must be easily visible for inspection.
6) All 4 wheels must touch the track at the same time.
7) Dry graphite lubricant ONLY.
B) If you follow the SMD PWD checklist, you should not have a problem during
SMD PWD Check -I n. But if the car does not pass the full rules, and it is safe to
race*, your car will run in the District Race. The car just won't be eligible for a
speed t rophy . It wil l be eligible for a specialty trophy .
* - The car must roll freely on the track, not interfere with the other cars and not
have any loose or dangerous part s.
The full version of the District Rules explains in great detail what is needed for families
looking to build a car for maximum speed. Cars will be inspected to these rules. This
full version is based on the NYC World Championship Pinewood Derby® Race rules.
ASK QUESTIONS WELL BEFORE YOUR PACK'S RACE.
Reach out to your Pack PWD Chair for clarification for your Pack's race rules.
Refer to the Handbook Rules , Diagrams, and FAQs sections and more for expanded explanations of
the District Rules. For the final answer to questions about the SMD PWD Race Rules , reac h
out to the SMD PWD Chair, Chris Van Camp at 513-253 -8174 (M) or jcvancam p@y ahoo.com.
Whichever flavor of car you decide to build, have fun!
See below for detailed Inspection Checklist