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March 25, 2002

From Kit No. 17006  (Check your kit to verify current rules.)

Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Rules

 Please read these Rules and Instructions before building your car.

The Pinewood Derby is open to all Cub Scouts.  Cars should be built by the Cub Scouts with some adult guidance.  Any technical assistance should be fully explained to the Cub Scout so that he can use that knowledge on future projects.  Because it is difficult to establish how much help was given in building the car, some Packs have a separate Pinewood Derby Race for adults.

IMPORTANT: The Race Committee should decide on rules and race procedures, then have them printed and distributed to all participants at least two weeks before the race.

Car Specifications:
  • Width - Not over 2 3/4"
  • Length - Not over 7"
  • Weight - Not over 5 ounces
  • Width between wheels - 1 3/4"
  • Bottom clearance between car and track - 3/8"


  1. Wheel bearings, washers and bushings are prohibited.
  2. The car shall not ride on springs.
  3. Only official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby wheels and axles are permitted.
  4. Only dry lubricant is permitted.
  5. Details, such as steering wheel and driver are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width and weight specifications.
  6. The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
  7. Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection Committee before it may compete.
  8. If, at registration, a car does not pass inspection, the owner will be informed of the reason for failure, and will be given time within the official weigh-in time period to make the adjustment.  After final approval, cars will not be reinspected unless the car is damaged in handling or in a race.

Note: Your pack may go by just these Official rules(1997) that come in the pinewood derby kit box.  But if you want to be able to continue on and compete in District and Council races, you should build your car to meet their rules.  For your convenience, we have the Catalina Council rules on our resource page.  They usually post the rules on the Catalina Council webpage page just before the district pinewood races each year. 

Update:  Official Rules out of the 2010 box . (pdf)

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