Sewell-Eagle District Pinewood Derby

RACE

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Our Lady of Mercy School Gym  

400 Marquette Avenue 

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Official IAC Event Page

REGISTRATION

Top two finishers from each rank at the Pack race are invited to participate. $10 per racer. Invoice will be sent via email after registration is received. See details section below.


REGISTRATION CLOSED

2018 RACE RESULTS

2018 SE PWD Race Results (pdf)

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Details

WHO?

Who is invited to compete?

  • Each Pack may send the 1st and 2nd place finishers from each rank (NOT den).  Ranks are Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I, and Webelos II/Arrow of Light.  
  • If you have multiple dens of the same rank, you must send the two fastest racers from the RANK, regardless of their placement in their dens.  
  • If a Pack held its race before Crossover, new Boy Scout crossovers are still invited to come back and race as Webelos II’s/Arrow of Lights.  If you have a smaller Pack that combines Webelos I and II’s into one den, then you may send the two fastest 4th graders and two fastest 5th graders from that combined den. 
  • If one of the invitees described above can’t attend, the Pack may send the next fastest boy of the same rank as an alternate.  
  • No more than 10 racers per Pack.

WHAT?

What can we expect at the race?

  • This race draws the fastest racers from across the District for good, friendly competition and impressive trophies.
  • In the first round, racers will compete against other Scouts in their rank to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophy winners for that rank.
  • Each car will run once in each lane to eliminate any lane bias. 
  • The top 20% of ALL racers (min. 4 cars) will advance to an additional Grand Finals Round where they will race head-to-head, regardless of rank, to determine the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall finishers. Racers will have an opportunity to re-lube and clean wheels prior to this round if they like.
  • In addition, all participating racers will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite cars to determine the Sewell-Eagle District Showstopper

WHEN?

When do we check-in and race?

Saturday, April 21 (all times approximate – BE EARLY)

  • Check-in - 8 - 10 am (Racer MUST REGISTER BEFORE CHECK-IN time – see below)
  • Showstopper Voting -  10 - 10:20 am
  • Tiger Racing – 10:20 – 10:40 am
  • Tiger Trophy Presentation -  10:40-10:50 am
  • Wolf Racing – 10:50-11:10 am
  • Wolf Trophy Presentation – 11:10-11:20 am
  • Bear Racing – 11:20-11:40 am
  • Bear Trophy Presentation – 11:40 – 11:50 am
  • Showstopper Trophy Presentation 11:50-11:55 am
  • Webelos I Racing 11:55 am – 12:15 pm
  • Arrow of Light/Webelos II Racing – 12:15-12:35 pm
  • Webelos I and Arrow of Light/Webelos II Trophy Presentations - 12:35-12:45
  • Grand Finals Round – 12:45-1:00 pm
  • Overall Trophy Presentation 1-1:10 pm
  • Group and individual photos of all trophy winner 1:10-1:30 pm

Friday, April 20 (optional)

  • Optional early check-in from 6-8 pm
  • Cars will be inspected and impounded after check-in and may not be touched again until after racing is complete.  
  • Early check-in is not mandatory, but you will not be given extra time to remedy an inspection issue beyond the Saturday morning check-in time.  
  • Racers may also check in on race day between 8 am and 10:00 am  
  • THIS IS A HARD DEADLINE.  Only racers in line at the 10:00 am cut-off will be allowed to check-in after 10:00 am.

WHERE?

Where will the race be this year?

Our Lady of Mercy School Gym 

400 Marquette Avenue

Baton Rouge, LA 70806


HOW?

How do racers register for the race? Is there a registration fee? 

  • Each eligible racer must register by April 19th via registration link found at  https://starcarsderby.com/sewell-eagle-district.  If this step is not completed, the race-day schedule will be SIGNIFICANTLY delayed. 
  • There is a $10 per racer registration fee to cover the costs of trophies and expenses.     
  • After you submit your online registration, you will receive a secondary email invoice via Square payment systems. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please email skywalker@starcarsderby.com.
  • If a Pack would like to register and pay on their Scouts’ behalf, be sure to use the same email address when registering each Scout. We will combine all registration fees due into one invoice for your convenience.

FAQ:


Do I have to register online or can I do it at check-in?

We require you to register online by April 19th. This allows us to have the Scouts pre-entered into the racing software which saves a LOT of time on race day.  It is much easier to remove or replace a racing slot than it is to add a new one. If this step is not done, race-day operations will be significantly delayed resulting in a poor experience for everyone else. Please respect everyone’s time.

If you cannot register online by this deadline or prefer to register by email, include all the racer information requested on the online registration form and email to skywalker@starcarsderby.com


What is the difference between registration and check-in?

Registration is simply telling us who will be racing and is a necessary component to ensure timely, accurate race schedules.  Check-in is the process of submitting the car for inspection to verify compliance with the rules and assigning it a number.


Can I work on a car after check-in?

NO!  Cars many not be touched again after check-in unless it is allowed for under the specific situations described in the rules.


What if my car was allowed to race at the Pack race but I am told at check-in that it does not comply with the rules?

Some Packs may not have the expertise or desire to strictly enforce the rules. However; the rules will be strictly adhered to for inspection and check-in at the District level.  If you are told that your car is not rules compliant, you may work on it to remedy the problem, but you must complete any service in time to be checked in before 10:00 am on race day. Bring your own tools.


Questions?

Email Scott Harrington: skywalker@starcarsderby.com

Downloads

Sewell-Eagle District PWD Rules (pdf)

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Pinewood Derby Car Templates 1 (pdf)

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Pinewood Derby Templates 2 (pdf)

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Help Videos

Below are some pretty good help videos to explain the basics of Pinewood Derby theory.

These are not all completely in line with the STAR CARS build workshops, and do not make use of the precise tools available at STAR CARS, but they are a great start, especially for racers on a tight budget.

The Physics of the Pinewood Derby

Overview of Speed Tips

Weighting & COM

Design Considerations

Axle Prep

Wheel Prep

Alignment & Break-in

Rail Riding Overview