Pinewood Derby

Race Events


2024 Pack 72 Pinewood Derby 

March 9th, 2024  |  Grand Valley Elementary Auditeria

Registration  9:00 - 9:45am  |  Racing begins promptly at 10:00am

**Racers not registered by 9:45pm will NOT be permitted to race**

Snacks, lunch foods, and drinks will be available as a Troop 72 fundraiser.  This is a family event so bring the grandparents, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who might enjoy the race.  Each Scout will be provided a Lunch Ticket courtesy of the Pack.

"Be Fast... or Look Good Trying"

The pinewood derby is one of the most popular and successful family activities in Cub Scouting. Pinewood derby cars are small wooden models that Cub Scouts make with help from their families. Then they race the cars in competition. The cars are powered by gravity and run down a track. Every boy can design and build his own "grand prix" car to enter in the race.

 Race Day Highlights

There will be four divisions...  

Prizes and Recognition

The Derby is about doing one's best and having fun, so all child participants will be recognized.  But that doesn't mean our race winners won't take home some shiny hardware.  Trophies will be awarded to racers in places 1-4 and for Best Sportsmanship in addition to Car Show Design Categories: Best Paint Job, Most Original, Most Unlike a Car, Best Overall Design.  Trophies will be awarded in the Family Derby, Parent Derby, and Sponsor Derby as well.

Derby Workshops

There will be several opportunities to mold and shape the block of pinewood into a mean lean well-decorated racing machine.  We will announce dates and times for the workshops once we get the parents lined up who will be supervising the shop tools.  The boys are not permitted to use power tools but they are encouraged to design the shape of their cars, sand them, and decorate them accordingly.  Parents are encouraged to assist the child but they should let the child do most of the work.

Equal Ground

All entries in the derby will start with the "Official Grand Prix Pinewood Derby Kit" which includes the body, 4 axles, and 4 wheels.  All nine pieces MUST be used before the car can race.  All active Scouts will receive a kit in January. Parent and siblings are on their own.  Kits are sold at the local Scout Shop, hobby shops, or online.  Cars may not exceed 5 ounces in weight and must conform to certain size restrictions and specifications.  Decorating the cars are up to the imagination of the boys.  The complete set of rules will be distributed with the Scout kits, available at the Derby Workshops, following the links on the right of this page, or by clicking the link below.


 In order to keep this as fair and fun as possible, you have to have rules.  Rules apply to ALL Divisions.