Get your engines revving. It's time to start building for the 2015
Pack 50 Pinewood Derby. Weigh-in is Saturday February 28 and the race
is Sunday March 1 at the Sleep Hollow Homeowners Association at 1317 Butterfield. To help be sure your boy is ready, here is a countdown checklist to the race:
6! If you don't have it yet, pick up your car kit! You can get one at the Marin Council Trading Post (225 West End Avenue, San Rafael) or Dauth's Hobbies (224 Greenfield Ave #2, San Anselmo) or from Amazon here: http://amzn.com/B00JI715QO
5! Shape your car. You will likely need to help your younger scout as this requires sawing, filing or sanding. Any shape is OK as long as it meets the official rules (See the rules at the end of this email).
4! Sand and paint your car. The cooler the design the better! There will be awards for best designs
3! Install the wheels and axles. Make sure they are straight, all four wheels touch the ground and the wheels run freely. You are allowed to polish the axles and use dry lubricant (graphite or Teflon powder)
2! Get the weight right – 5 oz. The car must be no more than 5oz on the official race scale at weigh-in so you might have to do some last minute adjustments. We will have a weight-adjustment table at weigh-in day to make adjustments.
1! Your boy must bring his car to the weigh-in and impound Saturday February 28 between 9am and 1pm. HIS CAR WILL NOT BE ABLE TO RACE IF YOU DON'T BRING IT TO THE WEIGH-IN SATURDAY! Cars are checked in, boys will get their drivers license photos taken and the CARS ARE IMPOUNDED. That means you can't make any adjustments or changes to the cars once they are checked in Saturday. We will have assigned times by rank – see email closer to race day.
Go! Show up for race-day Sunday March 1. The AOLs will be helping to run the race. The boys won't touch their cars, so their cars will race at the assigned time regardless of whether they are there. We will send a final race schedule closer to the date but approximate race times will be:
AOL – 10:00 – 10:30
Webelos – 10:30 – 11:00
Bear – 11:00 – 11:30
Wolf – 11:30 – 12:00
Tiger – 12:00 – 12:30
Finals – 12:30 – 1:00
Awards ceremony – 1:00 – 1:15
Open race 1:15 – 1:30 – Bring your "dad car" or "sibling car" to race on the track
There will be bagels and coffee in the morning and hot dogs and chips for lunch. We will be asking each den to bring a food item for the event and making assignments to help decorate, setup, cleanup, etc. – email to follow.
The winning car from each rank will be impounded at the end of the race to compete in the county race at the Marin County Fair this summer.
Note that we will be very strict about enforcing the Marin County PWD rules this year. Last year we had TWO of our entries in the county race disqualified for not adhering to the rules so we were clearly too lax in our own. You must follow all of the below rules or we will not allow your car to race:
1. Cars must be made for this year's race. No repeat entries!
2. Width shall not exceed 2-3/4" and length not more than 7"
3. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces
4. Width between the wheels must be at least 1-3/4"
5. Clearance between track and underside of car must be no less than 3/8"
6. Only official BSA wheels and axles may be used. No modification of the axle is allowed except for sanding burrs and polishing
7. YOU MUST USE THE AXLE SLOTS that come pre-cut in the wooden block. This is what disqualified the cars last year.
8. No paint for clear coat on any part of the wheels. No hub caps on the wheels.
9. Only Teflon or graphite lubricant (no liquid lubricant) allowed
10. Wheels must be free-wheeling and may NOT ride on any type of spring.
11. Washers, bearings and bushings are prohibited – this means that there may not be anything between the wheel and the body of the car (aside from the paint on the car)
12. Weights must be securely attached and stationery
13. All four wheels must be in contact with the track – we will check this at weigh-in and you can adjust if you don't pass.
14. If the car jumps off the track the heat will be run again with the car in a different lane. If it jumps the track again, it will be sent to pit crew for inspection and adjustment. It will be allowed to run one more time and if it jumps the track a third time it will be disqualified
15. If a car suffers a mechanical problem (e.g. losing a wheel) a repair can be made in a short period of time and allowed to run again