The Narragansett Council Pinewood Derby Committee has elected to exercise its
prerogative of adding to the National BSA Cub Scout Pinewood Derby Rules. These
additional rules have been deemed appropriate to minimize any special design

The objective of the Pinewood Derby is to allow a Cub Scout advised and assisted by an
adult to design and build a new wood car each year from the Official BSA Pinewood
Derby Kit. The Pinewood Derby is not intended to be a contest of expensive and
exotically built cars using special fabricated components of metal, plastic, or wood.
These cars are subject to disqualification.

The purchase of speed axles, light weight wheels, and any axle and wheel modifications
beyond minor sanding and polishing are prohibited. Cars, wheels, or axles may not be
worked by commercial third party facilities for tuning or performance enhancements.
(Wheels modified and lightened by removing material from inside of the wheel are easily
recognized during inspection.) Cars with illegal wheels and axles will be immediately
disqualified during check in and technical inspection.

A Pinewood Derby car purchased fully completed and ready to race is prohibited.
The Regional and Council Pinewood Derby is by advanced registration only.

1. The car overall width must not exceed 2 3/4 inches and overall length must not
exceed 7 inches.
2. The width between wheels is 1 3/4 inches and the bottom clearance between the car
and the lane guide strip on the track must be 3/8 inches. Any added weights on the
car bottom must be recessed into the car body to meet the bottom clearance of 3/8
inches. It is recommended that screws are used to secure the weight to the car.
3. The car must be able to pass under the various types of finish lines used in racing
and therefore the car height must not exceed 3 inches.
4. The car weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. No loose materials of any kind are
permitted in the car. The car may be hallowed out and built up to the maximum
weight by the addition of wood or metal provided it is securely built into the body.
5. Wheel bearing, washers, any type of wheel weight, and bushings are prohibited.
6. The car shall not ride on any type of springs.
7. Details such as steering wheel, driver, decals, painting, and interior detail are
permissible as long as they are within the length, width, and weight specifications.
8. The car must be freewheeling with no starting devices.
9. The wheelbase (distance from the center of the front wheel/axle to the center of the
rear wheel/axle on the same side of the car) shall not exceed 4 1/2 inches.
10. Axle shafts must be from the Official BSA Pinewood Derby Kit may only have the
burrs and ridges smoothed and polished. No slotted axles are allowed. The axle
head must not be modified by bending or size reduction.
11. Wheels must be from the BSA Pinewood Derby Kit or a purchased BSA accessory
and be labeled BSA Pinewood Derby. The wheels can have the bore of the hub
(hole in center) cleaned of any obstructions and the wheel tread surface may be
smoothed. The outer and inner wheel edge may also be smoothed. The wheel tread
area must not be reduced, only smoothed. The wheel may NOT be reshaped on the
inside surface or the outside surface. All BSA wheel markings must be completely