Inspection & Registration

a) Each car must pass a technical inspection before it may compete. Technical inspection and registration of cars occurs in the morning on the day of the race 

Note: The Race Starter will place the car on the track according to axle location.  The back axel is nearest to the end of the car.  The front axel is furthest away from the end of the car.  This determines the direction the car will race unless the contestant clearly marks “Front” on the car.

b) The Inspection Committee shall disqualify cars which do not meet these rules. If a car does not pass inspection, the owner will be informed of the reason his car did not pass (too long, too heavy, altered wheel base, or the like). Cars which fail the initial inspection may be modified for final inspection and registration. A fifteen minute grace period will be allotted for cars not passing inspection.  

c) To enter the race, cars must have passed inspection and be registered by the Final Inspection Deadline. 

d) No cars may be altered in any way after it has been registered. Damage repair shall be allowed during the Derby only if it does not delay the race, but no modifications shall be allowed.

e) After passing inspection, no car shall be re-inspected unless repaired after damage in handling or in a race.  f) Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanlike conduct by any participant or spectator will be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.

Inspection Notes

1. Many cars arrived overweight and had to have weight taken off to pass inspection. For Pack Pinewood Derby Chairmen, it is a must to ensure your Pack scale is checked with a 5.0 oz. weight. For racers, utilizing a small amount of weighted putty or removable weights on the car can make removing weight much easier at check-in. 

2. Many cars arrived with illegal wheels. Please note that our Council rules on wheel modifications are relatively strict. Most “speed tips” found on the internet or other sources are not allowed, and nearly all vendor packaged “BSA speed wheels” have modifications that will not pass our inspections. 

3. Several cars also arrived with illegal axles. Our Council rules regarding axles (BSA only, etc.) are also relatively strict, and an inspector may ask that you remove a wheel of his choosing in order to further inspect/weigh a wheel or axle. Gluing or embedding axles into your car puts it at risk of breakage or disqualification if wheel removal is required.

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