Re: Pinewood Derby Rules - Feedback
Byron Hynes (bph@GOV.NT.CA)
Tue, 31 Jan 1995 14:46:31 MST
I am only commenting on the rules I disagree with or I have concerns
about. No comment means I think it's great. :)
> 05. The race will be a double elimination competition; meaning that each car
> will have to loose two heats before it is eliminated. To make sure the
> winner of the heat is the fastest of the two cars, each heat will have a
> minimum of two runs, with the cars swapping lanes for the second run. If
Personally, I would never support an elimination-based cub car (pinewood)
race. Using a points-based system (such as the stearns method), allows
more races, keeps excitement going for the whole afternoon, and does
not force the cubs to define themselves in terms of "losers".
Several of us have mentioned why we feel this method is superior, and
I can send you my file on the subject if you are not locked into
> 07. After the car has been registered and has passed inspection no one is
> allowed to touch it except race officials. The car should be sufficiently
We allow the cubs to actually race their cars. They take them from the
table, load them on the track, go to teh end to watch the finish and
return them to the table.
I think an 8-year-old wouldn't find much excitement in paying $5 to
watch somebody else race his car twice (have it loose) and be told
to go home.
> 11. Only race officials are allowed in the registration and track areas.
> Section C - Car Specifications - Weight and Appearance
> 01. The total overall weight of the car shall not exceed five ounces (5.000).
> The weight of the car, as measured by the official race scales, is final.
> The car may be hollowed out or built up to the maximum weight by the
A minor point which may not matter in the US: Our official rules say "5 oz"
(without 3 decimals) but most of our kids now work in grams. 5 oz = 141.75
grams. If there is a chance of ever using a metric scale, define your
maximum weight in both systems (we use 142 g, for example, and yes, you
can gain a one-quarter gram weight advantage by weiging yourour car in grams.)
> Section E - Car Specifications - Lubrication
> 01. The only lubrication permitted on the axles and wheels is dry graphite.
> Any car found to be dripping lubricant will be disqualified from racing.
> The purpose of this rule is to protect the surface of the tracks both for
> their owners and for the participants.
Did you _mean_ "no liquids" or did you mean "only graphite"? Suppose
I buy some powdered teflon? (It wouldn't drip...)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City