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The Pinewood Derby is almost here!

posted Jan 17, 2015, 10:38 AM by Scout Marlboro   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 1:09 PM ]
The 2015 Pinewood Derby is right around the corner! 

Cars in the 2015 Competition must have been made for the 2015 race season. Cars or parts of cars such as wheels or axles, from previous years may not be used.  Only the Official Cub Scout Grand Prix Derby Car kit the Pack provided may be used.

Weight of the car shall not exceed 5 ounces (141.75 grams).  Overall width of car shall not exceed 2 3/4 inches.  Length of car shall not exceed 7 inches.  Height of car shall not exceed 4 inches.  Minimum width between wheels shall be 1 3/4 inches so that the wheels can clear the center guide strip.  Minimum distance between the bottom of the car and the bottom of the wheels shall be 3/8 inch so that the car will clear the center guide strip.  The axles must be placed in the slots provided in the wood blocks. This provides a wheelbase (axle to axle distance) of 4 3/8 inches.

Beveling, tapering, thin sanding, wafering or lathe turning of the wheels is prohibited.  Only dry, powdered lubricant may be used.

Please review our complete official rules HERE, and also found on the Pack 31 documents page in
"Pack Event Info":  Documents.

Don't forget Bob's Wooden Toys Workshop (@ Trombetta's) if you need help getting your cars built.  They have 50 different patterns, weights, paints, and a scale. Their prices are:  Extra blank blocks $5.00, weights of (2 1/4 oz) $5.00, cut and sand your car $3.00, cut sand and paint your car $7.00.  Use of patterns, hammers, and scale are free.

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015, 6:00-8:00 pm
Weigh-in @ the Hobin house (231 Naugler Ave)
All cars must be dropped off for weigh-in in order to be eligible for racing on Saturday.  Cars for the Friday evening Sibling Race need to be dropped off on Wednesday also.  Be sure your name and "Pack 31" is written on the bottom of your car!

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm Registration, 7:00 PM Race!
Sibling Race @ Meehan Hall (119 Washington St, Marlborough)
Please bring your sibling car to the Wednesday weigh-in. Car numbers will be assigned Friday evening - be sure your name and "Pack 31" is written on the bottom of your car! 
Come join us for our annual Sibling Race where any Scout siblings can race their own cars for fun, fame and glory!
The 2013 Siblings Races were great fun!

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 - 11:30 Voting for your favorite cars, 11:45 am Races
Pack 31 Races @ Meehan Hall (119 Washington St, Marlborough)
Hot dogs, pizza, snacks and drinks will be available as a fundraiser.  This is a great family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race!

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 - 1:15 pm
City Wide Races @ Meehan Hall (119 Washington St, Marlborough)
Pack 31's top 3 racers will be racing in the City Wide races at 1:15 pm.  Come cheer on the scouts!