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PINEWOOD DERBY RACING RULES

GENERAL RULES

  1. Details: Details such as steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, and/or interior details are permissible as long as those details do not exceed the maximum length, width, and weight specifications.

  2. Lubricants: No graphite or any kind of lubricant may be applied in the building or after weigh in and registration is complete. If a person is caught applying it in the building, the car will NOT be allowed to race.

  3. Attachments: The car must be free wheeling with no starting devices.

  4. Track Clearance: There should be a 3/8 inch clearance under the car. Revision for clarification - March, 2016:  3/8" is the maximum height allowed for the guide strip on a regulation racing track, so a clearance of 3/8" is highly recommended. Depending on the track used during the race, the height of the guide strip may be slightly less than the maximum, however, racers are urged to refrain from allowing anything to protrude beyond the bottom of the car body that might reduce the clearance.

  5. Numbers: Each cadet must be issued a new number each year. The numbers must be on the front of the car.

  6. Racing: All cars will race in a double elimination type race. If a car loses twice at any time during the race, that car can no longer race in that class, but may come back later for the open class race. The council will use a regulation size track.

  7. Inspections: Each car must pass inspection by the official Inspection Committee before it may compete. The inspectors have the right to disqualify those cars that do not meet any of the specifications listed, or its implied spirit. Cars may be inspected again before trophies are handed out for complying to the rules for class.

  8. Once a car is weighed and inspected it may only be handled by officials.

  9. Cadet-O-Rama race scales will be the official scales. Because these scales are capable of weighing to within .01oz. accuracy and many other scales may only weigh to within .1 oz., a weight of up to 5.04 ounces will be accepted.

  10. The Cadet-O-Rama committee will not be responsible for providing any materials, tools, or assistance if a car's weight or size is found to be in need of adjustment.

 

RACING CLASS

  1. All cars shall be made from official Rush Creek kits.

  2. Width: Overall width shall not exceed 2-3/4”.

  3. Length: Overall length shall not exceed 7”. Revision for clarification - March 2016: Width and length limits include anything and everything that has been added to the back, front, or sides, none of these attachments may extend or overhang beyond the stated size limits.)

  4. Wheelbase: Original kit wheelbase must be maintained (a minimum of 2 inches, side to side, between wheels).

  5. Weight: Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. No loose materials of any kind is permitted in the car. The car may be allowed out and built up to maximum weight by the addition of wood or metal only. It must be securely built into the body. No liquid or moveable weights are allowed. Weights will be provided by the owner of the car.

  6. Wheels: Only the Illiana Council wheels will be allowed. Bushings are prohibited. Rounding, narrowing, and etc. are prohibited. Turning of wheels with original surface only.

  7. Suspension: Car must ride on original axles supplied with the kit.

  8. All cars, including wheels and axles, must be new each year. Failure to comply will result in the loss of any trophy that could be, or has been, handed out.

  9. All cars must have 1/2" flat horizontal surface in front center of car; maximum height 3/4" from bottom of wheels.

  10. All racing class cars must be built with a minimum of father’s help. The Cadet may be offered advise and guidance, but the actual constructon, shaping, and finishing must be performed by the Cadet himself. The racing class is only open to Cadets actively participating in the RPB Guide Trails or Voyagers programs. Jr. Counselors, Counselors, Parents, etc. must race in open class.

  11. Cadets who win a trophy in the "Racing Class" for their grade are not eligible to also race in the "Open Class" category.

  12. Revision for clarification - March 2017: Only 1 car may be registered and raced per person. This applies to all grades as well as open class.

 

OPEN RACING CLASS

Revision for clarification - March 2016All general and racing class rules apply with these exceptions.

  1. Width: Not to exceed 3”.

  2. Length: Not to exceed 8” Revision for clarification - March 2016: Width and length limits include anything and everything that has been added to the back, front, or sides, none of these attachments may extend or overhang beyond the stated size limits.)

  3. Revision - March 2016: Other racing class cars can race in this class as well, but, Racing Class cars must comply with Racing Class rules regardless of the fact that they are being re-raced in Open Class.

  4. Revision - March 2016: Car bodies may be re-raced in successive years but they must then keep their original number and the racer must be the same person and a member of the same church in which/from which, the car was originally raced. Wheels and axles must be new each year. This only applies to OPEN CLASS CARS. Cars raced in “Racing Class” and/or by Cadets must be completely new each year, body, wheels, and axels.

  5. Revision - March 2016: Racing class rule 10 does not apply.

  6. Cadets who win a trophy in the "Racing Class" for their grade are not eligible to also race in the "Open Class" category.

  7. Revision for clarification - March 2017: Only 1 car may be registered and raced per person. This applies to all grades as well as open class. Cadets who are also racing a car in open class must comply with rule 7 and must re-race the same car that they originally registered.

 

BEST LOOKING CAR/BEST OF SHOW CLASS (ALL RACING AND OPEN CLASSES ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE)

  • Must comply to all rules of racing class or open racing class, but does not have to actually race.

  • This category is only open to boys activily participating as a Cadet at a member church of the Rush Creek Cadet council.

  • 100% of all finish detail that affects appearance must be performed by the Cadet to be eligible.

 

MOST ORIGINAL/MOST CREATIVE CAR (ALL RACING AND OPEN CLASSES ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE):

  • All cars registered to be judged for "Best of Show" are automatically judged in this category, however, only 1 trophy will be awarded per car. A car is not eligible to receive both "Best of Show" and "Most Creative" trophies.

  • Must comply to all rules of racing class or open racing class, but does not have to actually race.

  • 100% of all finish detail that affects appearance must be performed by the Cadet to be eligible.

  • This category is only open to boys actively participating as a Cadet at a member church of the Rush Creek Cadet Council.