Posted on Sun, Dec 29, 2019
Schedule, rules included
PACK 459’s PINEWOOD DERBY
Weigh In is FRIDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 24th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at Trinity Hall, in the same room where our November Pack Meeting was held. (on the back side of the main church building, not the MYC where Pack Meetings are held). You will enter thru the doors at the portico.
All cars must be registered and sequestered on Friday night to be eligible for racing. (we have to setup the computer scoring system, etc.) Please be mindful of this and respectful of our volunteer team for the event.
Race Day will begin promptly at 9:00 AM, JANUARY 25th at Trinity Hall. Please arrive by 8:45 AM. Plan on the races lasting for 3-4 hours total. This is our only Pack Meeting of the month, and there will be Den Awards included.
All Scouts will race their cars a minimum of three times during their Flight.
WHAT'S WEIGH IN ABOUT?
By this time, your car will be as ready to race as it can possibly be!
Your car will be weighed, checked for clearance and other specific measurements. Once your car has met all the requirements and qualifies to race, the Racer and their Car will be entered into the Computer and given a race number for their car.
Remember to give your Car a name! The Car's Name and other information (Scout’s Name, Rank, Den #/Patrol Name) will be entered onto a Race Entry Form that will accompany you and your car at Weigh In. Finally, the Car will be sequestered until the next day when the car will be raced.
What happens if the car does not weigh 5 ounces and/or does not pass the clearance testing?
By the time of Weigh In, you should have already checked out your car and measured it against the rules and regulations (at the end of this flyer). Regarding the weight, some cars will be heavy, some light and some...just right. Just in case your car is one of the heavy or light ones, there will be a Workshop Table set up for those last minute tweaks.
What's a Last Minute Tweak?
A last Minute Tweak is where you may have to shave off some weight or add a little bit. You will not have the time to paint or do major repairs. Remember to bring a tool kit and some extra weights along with other race preparatory items. Remember, the goal is to have your car 99% ready by the time of weigh-In.
In the event that your car does not meet the weight or clearance qualifiers, you will go to the workshop area, make your tweaks and return to the Weigh In area to see if your tweaks did the trick! If you have to tweak, then expect to stand in line again to be re-weighed.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR CAR HAS A BREAKDOWN DURING THE RACE?
Emergency Repairs will be permitted and can only be performed by the Scout. If an adult's help is needed, then only one of the Race Organizers may assist. Repairs will be limited to 5 minutes, and then if not completed, unfortunately the car will be out of the race.
Everyone who races will receive a Pinewood Derby Patch!
There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place and Most Creative Winner per Rank.
There will be a Pack-wide Championship Flight, where all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place Flight winners will race together. At the end, there will be the ultimate 1st, 2nd and 3rd PACK WINNERS...with the Grand Trophy Awards.
Open Class/Siblings will also have trophies for the kids who place 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
** AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS WE WILL HAVE ONE ADDITIONAL RACE THAT WILL BE FOR THE CREATIVE SOULS WHO WANT TO SEE A REALLY FAST CAR. THE ONLY RULE THAT APPLIES IS THAT THE CAR MUST FIT ON THE TRACK. (Rules 2,3,4 and 5 below. Please no model rocket engines. Remember we are in a church!! ) WE WILL HAVE ONE UNIQUE TROPHY FOR THE FASTEST CAR.
There will also be two special prizes awarded at the Pack level to the Scout who makes the: MOST SCOUT-LIKE CAR and MOST RACE-LIKE CAR.
THE CONCESSION STAND WILL BE OPEN ALL DAY!
We’ll have various goodies for sale on race day. Please bring dollar bills and quarters, as everything will be priced in fifty cent increments. All profits will go toward Pack 459's operating fund and help defray the derby costs!
There will be no working on cars on Weigh-In night (with the exception of minor tweaking as discussed above). All cars are to be brought to be registered and sequestered that night only... so please make sure all specs are met BEFORE car is brought in.
Open Class/Siblings - Above rules apply.
Friday – January 24th
6:00pm – 7:30pm Registration & Official Weigh-In
Saturday – January 25th
8:45am - Arrival
9:00am - Opening Ceremony / Den Awards / AOL Ceremony
9:30am - RACING BEGINS
Will proceed in order, by rank. There are no set times for each rank.
Please plan to stick around to help clean up. A Scout is Helpful. A Scout is Clean!
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