2019 Pinewood Derby - St. Bridget Pack 417
Race location: St. Bridget Parish Center Main Hall, 604 E. Clifford Avenue, Loves Park.
Sat., Jan. 19th Saint Bridget’s Derby
08:00 am Volunteer arrival time
08:30 am General admission / Registration Begins / Concessions
09:30 am Registration Closes (late entries will NOT be accepted)
09:50 am Welcome and announcements
10:00 am Webelos II & Wolves Prelim Races
10:15 am Webelos I & Tigers Prelim Races
10:30 am Bears & Lions Prelim Races
10:45 am Sibling/Adult Prelim Races
11:00 am Adult races
11:15 am Design Judging
11:30 am Finals
11:45 am Awards Presentation & closing
12:00-2:00pm Cleanup, track disassembly and boxing of cars that qualify for council
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 cars that do not meet the specifications (cars will be allowed modifications on-site to meet specifications).
A minimum of 2 adult volunteers are needed for inspection and registration for each group of racers.
Once the car has qualified to race, it will be stored by the pit crew and only returned to its owner when it is due to race. Please show your child how to properly place his car on the track and how to retrieve it. Please do not let your child touch anyone else’s car.
There will be some entertainment in the adjoining room for children who are not currently racing. This will consist of movies, coloring books and race-themed activities. At least 2 adult volunteers are needed in this area at all times. During their race times, racers must be near the track area so that they are ready to race when called. TV viewing will be turned off once the design voting and race finals begin.
We would appreciate parental supervision to keep the kids away from the tracks when it is not their turn to race. Each track area will be roped off; please do not allow your child to cross, go under, or hang on the roping. Seating will be available around the tracks for all those wanting to watch the action.
Outside food and drink is permitted in the facility. Concessions will include a small breakfast menu with juice and coffee (volunteers needed). Water, bathroom facilities and a coatroom are available on site.
ALL CARS MUST PASS A 13 POINT INSPECTION TO QUALIFY FOR THE RACE:
1. The car weight shall not exceed 5.0 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final. (The postage scale at the post office will give you a fairly accurate weight.)
2. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches (be sure to always trim some wood from one end because the provided block will be longer than 7 inches after adding paint); height shall not exceed 3 inches.
3. The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.
4. The car must have 1 ¾” clearance between the wheels.
5. The car must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body.
6. The wood provided in the kit must be used initially. The block may be shaped any way that is desired, and wood/hardware may be added.
7. The wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam/plastic mold ‘flash’ from the wheels, but do not remove the ‘crown’ – there must be an edge.
8. The axles supplied with the kit must be used. They may be polished or lubricated.
9. Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited.
10. The car must not ride on any type of springs.
11. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
12. No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used.
13. All four wheels must touch a flat surface (will be checked by rolling by finger pressure on the table).
The racing format will be as follows: In the preliminary round each car has (6) races - twice in each of 3 lanes with as many different opponents as possible. Race times will be measured by computer, and (for groups with four or more cars) the three cars with the lowest combined time will qualify for the finals.
Volunteers are needed at the tracks during race time for the following tasks:
- Pit crew / lane judges (3/track), each of whom must assure that the right car is properly placed in their designated lane for each heat in each race, and is safely returned to the pit afterwards.
- Starter (1/track), who controls the starting gate for each heat, keeping it closed until the signal is given and then letting it open freely to start the cars and timer for each heat.
- Track time recorder, who operates the computer timing program, sets up preliminary and final heats, provides instructions for starting each heat, and determines if any heats need to be re-run.
- Head judge / alternate, who is available to assist in any of the tasks above, or substitute when one of the other volunteers needs a break. Also facilitates voting and results recording.
- Announcer and awards presenter, who keeps the audience apprised of “what is going on”, makes sure everyone is engaged in the excitement, and presents awards at the end.
Design judging will be handled as follows: each racer will be allowed to vote for one car in their race group to receive the best design award. The car with the most votes in each group wins. In the event of a tie, the official(s) will choose the winner.
If a car is at the top for both speed and design, the owner will need to choose which category he will compete for in the finals. A finalist space will open up for the next car in line in the category not selected.
There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd place racing trophies and a 1st place design trophy for each group. For the racing finals, each car will race once in each lane against the other two finalists, and placement will be determined by the lowest combined time. The 1st place design award will be determined by majority vote. In the event of a tie, the official(s) will choose the winner.
Also, there will be a Sportsmanship trophy and participation ribbons for all participants.
The following individuals will each get one vote on the sportsmanship award for their group: pit crew members, starters, and each den leader. In the event of a tie, the Cubmaster will choose the winner. Trophies will be awarded when racing is finished, with nameplates provided sometime in February.
- Tiger scouts only, the top 2 racers and the design winner in each grade will advance to the council competition in Pecatonica (April 13th). The cars must be boxed up and brought there by the race chairman, and must remain sealed until they arrive at their respective check in desk for that event.