Pinewood Derby Building Guides

Here is a good list of helpful links to allow you to create your best pinewood derby possible!

While you are building your racers, keep in mind the inspection rules for this year's race (no changes from previous years).
  • Width – no more than 2 3/4”
  • Length – no more than 7”
  • Weight – no more than 5 ounces
  • Width between wheels – 1 3/4”
  • Clearance between car and track – 3/8”
  • No wheel bearings, washers or bushings.
  • The car shall not ride on springs.
  • Only official Cub Scout Grand Prix Pinewood Derby wheels and axles.
  • Only dry lubricant is permitted.
  • Accessories, such as steering wheels and drivers, are permissible as long as these accessories do to exceed the maximum length, width and weight specifications.
  • The car must be freewheeling with no starting devices.
  • The car must have been made during the current Scout year.
The hobby stores sell some good guides for the checking your car's measurements and a postage scale is perfect for checking the weight. If you want some additonal tips & tricks, feel free to contact some of the more experienced members of our Pack. You can also see (the official BSA Pinewood Derby site) for all sorts of ideas.