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2023 Pinewood Derby

January 28, 2023


Pack 6 Pinewood Derby - Breen Hall at Our Lady of Fatima

5 Strathmore Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583


Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 3:00pm-5:00pm

Mandatory Registration & Car Inspection

  • Scouts should be in attendance to check-in their car (scout uniform not necessary until actual race)

  • Be prepared! Bring tools, extra weight in case the car fails inspection and needs modifications in order to pass inspection.

  • All cars will be impounded once checked in.

  • Scouts/parents will leave and return at 6:30pm


  • All cars must be checked in by the established deadline or they cannot race. All cars will be impounded and remain with the Racing Staff until the end of the races.

  • Scouts must attend race wearing full Cub Scout uniform (blue or tan uniform shirt, neckerchief/slide, hat.

  • Family, friends are welcome.


2023 Pinewood Derby

6:00pm                             Doors open. Vote in Design Contest.

6:30pm                             Speed Race  

7:30pm                             Award Ceremony for Speed Contest.

                                          Award Ceremony for Design Contest

2023 Winners' Circle

The Pack's 1st Place speed race winners will represent Pack 6 Crestwood at the Algonquin District Race on April 22 at Breen Hall/Our Lady of Fatima.

Download the Official Rules for Pack 6 (PDF) which replace the standard rules inside the box. Cars to be checked in THE DAY BEFORE the race. 

Check out the BSA's online Pinewood Derby HQ

The Pinewood Derby is one of the most popular events in Cub Scouting.

Places to buy weights, paint, etc. (Racers must ADD 2-3 oz of weight to their car)

The Hobby Store in Mt. Vernon

HOURS:  Tues-Friday, 10am to 6pm and Saturday, 10am to 5pm

(ask for Jason; offering 10% discount if you mention our race)

114 Mount Vernon Avenue, Mt. Vernon

Greenwich Scout Shop

HOURS:  Mon-Friday, 9am to 5pm (closed weekends)

63 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT

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[VIDEO] Watch this helpful How-To Video. Cubmaster-approved!!

Answers to Common Construction Questions.

Be sure to read the Official Rules for all do’s and don’ts. Email with any Pinewood Derby questions:

  • What parts am I allowed to use to build the car? Use only Official BSA Pinewood Derby Kit wood, wheels, and nails. You will add weight to the car and also paint it and add decorative accessories.

  • How much does the car have to weigh?  Maximum Weight is 5 ounces (141.7 grams), as determined by the Pack’s official race scales. TIP! Try to get the car as close to but not more than 5 ounces. Leave some “wiggle room” since scales vary. The race scales are the official scales. If a car is overweight, or very underweight, racers will be allowed make adjustments at Check-In.

  • Can my scout re-use last year’s car?  No. All construction should be since November 2022.

  • Can I buy a pre-made car?  No. Any cars or parts bought off Ebay, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or any other place will be disqualified.

  • Can I drill my own holes for the axles (nails)?  No, axles MUST be installed in the pre-cut slots provided by the kit manufacturer (do not extend the wheel base). Tip: Try to get insert the nail/axle correctly on the first try. The more times you install and remove the axles, the looser things get. You can add a bit of glue to keep the axle secure, or purchase the axle covers from the scout shop.

  • Do all four wheels have to touch the track surface? Yes, all four wheels must touch the track surface.

  • Can we bend or cant the axles? Bent axles (axles are the silver nails that come with the kit) are prohibited. Use the axles from the kit and do not bend them. If axles end up being slightly canted (angled) due to the for alignment purposes but the wheels should not be angled. Axle guards are not permitted. Inspectors must be able to visually inspect the axles during the check-in/inspection process. Here is a photo of a prohibited "rail rider."


Shop Day

Pinewood Derby Shop Day:  Saturday, Jan 14 and Sunday, Jan 15, 2023 at Annunciation Convent Room

By-Appointment. Available for anyone who needs help with shaping the body of the car. OR, Contact Cubmaster to schedule a time. We are flexible! Arrive with a design in mind . We can cut your car cut into a basic shape.


Speed Race for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place for Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of Light Scouts

Fastest Den

Design Contest

(Five categories)

Prohibited - Canted wheels for rail riding.JPG
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