Start Your Engines and Join Pack 513 on Saturday, January 27th for our Annual Pinewood Derby!

Archway Classical Academy Glendale
23276 N 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85383

Racers Check-in at 9 AM!

Official Rules

Should you wish to enter your car into the District Pinewood Derby, please ensure that your car complies with both sets of rules, so as to avoid disqualification.

District rules:

Each car must pass inspection by the official inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete. The Inspection Committee has the responsibility to disqualify those cars that do not meet these specifications:
  • Weight – no more than 5.0 ounces (official race scale shall be considered final)
  • Length – no more than 7”
  • Width – no more than 2 3/4”
  • Height – no more than 5” (in order to clear the finish gate)
  • Minimum width between wheels – 1 3/4" 
  • Minimum clearance between car and track – 3/8”
  • No wheel bearings, washers, or bushings
  • Car cannot ride on springs
  • Can only use the official BSA Pinewood Derby wood block
  • Can only use the official BSA Pinewood Derby wheels and axles
  • Only dry lubricant permitted
  • Accessories, such as steering wheels and drivers, are permissible as long as these accessories do not exceed the maximum length, width, height, and weight specifications
  • Nothing can be removed from your car before your race (e.g., if you have a Lego driver or other prop as car accessory for style judging, you must race with it as well)
  • Car must be free-wheeling with no starting devices
  • Car must have been made during the current Scouting year
  • No loose materials of any kind allowed in the car

Online Resources


If you need additional cars for the adult/sibling races or perhaps you just want a back-up or two, contact Chad Woolgar for extra car kits ($5 apiece).

You can find various supplies at your local hobby and/or hardware stores, including decent guides for checking your car's measurements, but here's a pro-tip: a postage or food scale works great for checking your car's weight, a key factor for maximizing speed.

And, of course, you can find anything and everything online.


Start with your den leader, who can direct you to the right person and/or resources.