Scouts! START... YOUR... ENGINES!!!
2021 Pinewood Derby - CHAMPIONSHIP RACES
The results are in, and EVERYBODY is a winner!
It was such a bummer that we weren't able to gather together for our Pinewood Derby this year. However, we had one of our BEST RACES EVER thanks to your dedicated Pack Leaders, and the creative minds of all the Scouts! We had some SERIOUSLY close races... and EVERYONE should be proud of a job WELL DONE!
Follow this link to see all of our videos that are out on YouTube. Feel free to share with your family and friends.
Or, simply click on the videos to the right to relive the glory in stunning HD!
We're looking forward to gathering again in-person next year!
Pinewood Derby Pack Meeting w/Live Commentary
High Quality Pinewood Derby Video w/Rockin' Race Soundtrack!
2021 Pinewood Derby Time Trials
This year's Pack 60 Pinewood Derby was run by your Pack Leaders on Saturday, March 20th. It was a FABULOUS race. We can't wait to share the results with you during our Pack Meeting on Thursday, April 8 at 6:30pm.
The first part the Pinewood Derby was the Time Trials. Each car was raced once in each of the 4 lanes. Cars that had troubles were given a quick tune up when possible to help make sure it was a fun event for all. Each car was then ranked based on their average time. Results of the Time Trials can be viewed right here! >>>>>
ALL CARS were then raced in our Elimination Round to determine this year's Pack Grand Champion. Those that did not make it to the Pack Championship were then raced again in their specific grade levels for their Den Championship. The Elimination Round and Championship Rounds will be broadcast "LIVE" during our Zoom Pack Meeting on Thursday, April 8 @ 6:30pm. Check back here after the Pack Meeting to catch the replay!
Watch this video to see all of the AWESOME cars turned in by our Scouts this year!
Then, check out the list of award winners below!
1st Place - #7 Smiling Gekko - Logan Watson
2nd Place - #16 Raven - Owen Kiefer
3rd Place - #3 Chase the Diamonds - Liam Youngblood
1st Place - #26 Twixster - Matthew Rust
2nd Place - #25 The Baconator - Kate Rust
3rd Place - #13 Skinny Hersey - Ryan Farmer
1st Place - #30 El Gato Azul - Maryah Tillman
2nd Place - #4 Bunny-Mobile - Chloe Youngblood
3rd Place - #5 Megalodon - Alexander Munoz
#23 Toonces the Driving Cat - Leo Dahlin
1st Place - #33 Blue Flame - Aidan Jamison
2nd Place - #37 Night Flame - Caden Cretzmeyer
3rd Place - #36 Toxic Waste - David Adam
1st Place - #31 The Crossing-Over Bridge - Nicholas Tillman
2nd Place - #24 Tiger Scout - Anders Dahlin
3rd Place - #32 Sparky - Grant Jamison
START.... YOUR.... ENGINES!!!
There's still time! Late entries will be accepted until Wednesday, Marth 17.
Please contact Jason Tillman ASAP
email@example.com or 651-983-1687
Mark your calendars!
Voting for Scout Favorite Designs
NOW! - Wed, March 17 @7pm
Come see all of the cars and vote for YOUR FAVORITES!
Pack 60 Auto Show
Thursday, March 18 @ 6:30pm - Zoom
Come see all the cars and see who gets to take home the trophies for this year's design awards, including SCOUT FAVORITE!
Starting - Saturday, March 20
Watch for more information regarding when you can pick up your car so you can enjoy it while we tabulate the results of the race.
End of March - YouTube
Watch all of the cars race to get the best times before heading into our ELIMINATION ROUNDS!
LIVE CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST
Thursday, April 8 - 6:30pm - Zoom
Watch the cars race head-to-head. Winners advance to the next round in the quest to be crowned the 2021 Pack 60 Champion!
Award Ceremony to follow.
Pack 60 - 2021 Pinewood Derby Awards
The following honors will be awarded at this year's Pinewood Derby
Pack 60 Pinewood Derby Grand Champion - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place
Rank Champion (awarded for each rank Lion-AoL) - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place
Open Class Champion - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place
Scout Favorite (voted on by the Scouts) - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
Best Scout Theme - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
Fastest Looking - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
Animal Theme - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
Food Theme - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place
Cubmaster's Challenge - Beat Cubmaster Blake's car and win a CHOCOLATE BAR! But beware... his cars has NEVER LOST a race!!!
Pack 60 Pinewood Derby Rules
CAR DESIGN AND INSPECTION
All cars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:
Width should not exceed 2-3/4 inches.
-- Minor variations are acceptable, but cars that are too wide and interfere with cars in other lanes will not be allowed to race
Length should not exceed 7 inches.
-- Minor variations are acceptable, but cars that are too long may get stuck on the curve in the track and not finish the race
Height should not not exceed 5 inches.
-- Minor variations are acceptable, but cars that are too tall may collide with the laser finish gate at the end of the track
Weight MUST NOT not exceed 5 ounces.
-- All cars will be weighed at registration using Pack supplied scales. Cars weighing more than 5 oz will not be accepted
The car MUST have 1 ¾” clearance between the wheels.
-- This is required, otherwise it will drag on the track rails, and will not finish the race
The car MUST have 3/8” clearance underneath the body.
-- This is required, otherwise it will drag on the track rails, and will not finish the race
The wood provided in the kit MUST be used. The block may be shaped any way that is desired.
-- Additional items can be added on to or around the block, but the wheels/axels must be attached to the original block of wood
Official BSA kit wheels MUST be used. Additional wheels can be purchased from the Scout Shop
-- You may remove the seam, polish, and lubricate the wheels. Other modifications (such as V-cutting) are subject to leader review and disqualification
The axles supplied with the kit MUST be used. They may be polished or lubricated.
Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are prohibited.
No lubricating oil may be used. Axles may be lubricated with powdered graphite or silicone.
The car shall not ride on any kind of spring.
The car must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices.
No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the car.
2021 RACE FORMAT
The following race format will be used to determine the winners of this year's Pinewood Derby.
Each car will race 1 time in each of the 4 lanes, for a total of 4 races. The average time of these for races will be used to determine the Qualifying Time for the car.
Elimination Rounds - Part 1:
Cars will run 3-4 at a time, each in a random lane, matched up by their time trial rankings. The top 2 finishers of each race will move on to the next round.
Elimination Rounds - Part 2:
Once the field has been reduced to 16 cars, each car will be placed into a bracket based on their Qualifying times. Races will then be held between 2 cars head-to-head. The winner of each race moves on to the next round until there are only 4 cars remaining.
After the Final Four has been determined, final races will be conducted between the 4 fastest cars remaining in each Den to determine 1st-4th places for each Rank.
To wrap up our event, the final 4 cars from the Elimination Rounds will race 2 final races each, head-to-head, to determine our Grand Champion along with our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place finishers.
Tips & Tricks for Pinewood Derby Car Design
The possibilities are endless when it comes to picking a shape for your Pinewood Derby car. Before you begin, consider the following general guidelines:
Avoid designs with a pointed nose. A pointed nose will make it difficult for your Pinewood Derby car to rest on the pin at the starting gate. It may also cause your Pinewood Derby car to get bumped around when the pin drops, and it can create problems for electronic timing systems.
Leave enough wood in the rear of the Pinewood Derby car so you can place additional weight there. You will end up placing most of the weight in the rear of the Pinewood Derby car.
Make the maximum weight. Your car should weigh as much as it’s allowed. In most races, a Pinewood Derby car’s weight is limited to 5 ounces. If your car weighs less than that, add coins or other weights.
Be sure that it is very clear which end of your Pinewood Derby car is the front and which end is the back. In many races, the race officials —- not you -— will actually place each Pinewood Derby car on the track. Sometimes the officials put the Pinewood Derby car on the track backward because they can’t tell which end is which.
Choose a design that allows the air to move over and around the Pinewood Derby car body in a smooth manner. Pinewood Derby cars with aerodynamic profiles go faster.
Designing and Building a Winning Pinewood Derby Car
You don’t have to strive for the fastest Pinewood Derby car to have fun competing in your Pinewood Derby. But if you and a helpful adult are willing to put in the extra time and effort, these tips are for you.
1. Bake the Block: Start with your block of wood, and before you do anything else, bake it in the oven at 250 degrees for around two hours to remove moisture and make it lighter. This will allow you to place more weight to the rear of the Pinewood Derby car where you actually want it.
2. Create the Design: Draw the outline of your Pinewood Derby car on a sheet of paper, cut it out and attach it to your block of wood.
Remember, a rectangular car is not an aerodynamic design. The most basic aerodynamic design is a simple wedge. If you don’t have time to design a complex car, a wedge will work just fine.
3. Rough Cut the Design: Use a coping saw to cut out the rough shape of your Pinewood Derby car. You can also ask a responsible adult to make these cuts using a power tool.
4. Shape Your Car: Use sand paper to smooth your car’s edges and shape it to your design. An adult can also use a rotary tool or other tool to help you.
5. Sand and Paint the Pinewood Derby Car: Make it smooth to reduce friction and paint an awesome design to make it look great.
6. Install Axles and Wheels: Make sure they are aligned perfectly straight. You can test the alignment of your axles by pushing your car across a smooth floor or table. It should roll smoothly in a straight line.
— Make a Three-Wheeler: Raise one wheel about 1/16 inch higher so it never actually touches the track. Less friction = more speed. Rules vary from pack to pack, so make sure to check your pack’s Pinewood Derby rules to make sure three wheelers are allowed in your race.
— Extend the Wheelbase: The front and rear wheels should be as far apart as possible. Again, make sure this is allowed in your race.
— Polish the Axels: Polishing your Pinewood Derby car's axles and wheels may be the most important factor in building a fast car.
7. Create Glue Holes: Glue the axles firmly in their holes to ensure that they stay perfectly placed, but make sure you don’t get glue on your wheels.
8. Add Weight: Remember to make your Pinewood Derby car as heavy as the rules allow. In general, it’s best to place weight to the rear of your car because a heavier rear increases speed.
9. Lubricate the Wheel Well: Add graphite or another dry lubricant to reduce friction. The less friction between the body and wheel, the better.
And finally, remember the No. 1 rule of a Pinewood Derby is that it’s supposed to be fun. While you should always strive to do your best, don’t get caught up in winning or having the fastest car. Just enjoy the ride.
YOUTUBE IS A GREAT RESOURCE ALSO.