Pine Car Derby

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Pine Car Derby

March 3 @ 11:30 am - 3:30 pm EST

pinecar derby

When: Sunday, March 3, 2024

Where: Independence Civic Center (6363 Selig Drive, Independence, OH  44131)

Event Details:

Registration from 11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
Racing begins @12:45 P.M.
Event admission: $5.00 per car (Cash only – Exact change is greatly appreciated)

Pizza, snacks, etc., will be available for purchase at concession stand (cash only) during the event.
This is a FAMILY Event, so bring the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc., to create some new memories and enjoy the races!

Sons and Daughters, it’s time to get your race cars ready for the annual Pine Car Derby! The longhouse has recently purchased a NEW pine car racetrack system. As a result, ALL OF THE PINE CARS ENTERED IN THE RACE THIS YEAR (AND IN THE FUTURE) WILL NEED TO BE THE SCOUTS BSA TYPE OF PINE CAR. THE DESIGN OF THE PREVIOUSLY USED PINE CARS CAN NOT BE USED THIS YEAR BECAUSE IT IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH THE NEW RACETRACK SYSTEM. If you have an old pine car, do not plan to use it this year. The Scouts BSA type of pine car kits can be purchased on-line in addition to various local craft or hobby stores.

In addition, all new for this year, we are very excited to add another layer of fun to this great event. Once all of the races have been completed and all of the winners have been decided, we will quickly set up the “GIGANTO SUPER-LOOP” for those participants who would like to see their cars travel upside down as they travel through full circular loop section of the track. A huge “Thank You!” to Sachem Mark Szczepanik for purchasing the “GIGANTO SUPER-LOOP” section of the racetrack which will add some additional excitement to the event for many years! Please note that not every pine car is guaranteed to make it through the “GIGANTO SUPER-LOOP” unscathed. Some of the pine cars which attempt to endure this special section of the racetrack may crash at some point. If there is concern about possible damage to the pine car, then please keep this fact in mind when determining whether or not your child’s pine car should be entered into the bonus portion at the conclusion of the main racing event.

The doors will open at 11:30 A.M. Cars will be weighed, inspected, and registered from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. There will be a $5.00 cash registration fee for each car entered and exact change will be greatly appreciated. Racing is scheduled to begin at 12:45 P.M. Please arrive early if your car needs fine-tuning.

CVNSD 2024 Pine Car Derby Official Rules:

Due to the new racetrack system recently acquired by the longhouse, you must only use the SCOUTS BSA TYPE OF PINE CAR.

  • The maximum height for cars is 6 inches
  • Cars can be no more than 2 ¾ inches wide
  • The TOTAL length of cars can be no more than 7 inches
  • The maximum weight for cars is 5 ounces

The new racetrack system will NOT accommodate three-wheel designs, so any cars with just three wheels will not be eligible to race. Modifications to axles and / or wheels are not permitted (e.g. springs, washers, bearings, Teflon parts, bushings, oil, etc.). If present, then the car will be disqualified from the race.

After you purchase your pine car kit, the car can be shaped and finished. Decorative items and / or paint can be added to the kit, as long as the car remains within the maximum dimensions referenced above.

The maximum allowable weight is 5 ounces. You may add weights to the kit. The weights provided by CVNSD on race day prior to the official check-in are perfect for getting the car up to the maximum weight. Each car will be officially weighed and inspected upon registration. A scale and several stations will be available at the event where you can add and subtract weight. Please bring your own tools if needed. There will be a limited supply of weights available on race day.

  • Powdered graphite is the only lubricant allowed and will be provided at the event.
  • Only one car per active member child. Races are for members only please.

While all rules and guidelines for this event have been carefully considered, CVNSD Pine Car Derby race officials must reserve the right to disqualify any entry deemed unqualified or unable to race for any reason, or any car that they feel has been designed outside the spirit of fair competition. The decisions of race officials and judges are final. The authority of the officials and judges extend to all aspects of the day’s competitions. Rules and guidelines for this event may be modified as necessary.

All race participants will receive a ribbon and trophies will also be awarded for the following categories:

  • Most Creative (Boys car, Girls car)
  • Best Looking (Boys car, Girls car)
  • Fastest car (Boys car, Girls car & overall Longhouse Champion)
  • Pathfinder Fastest Car
  • Unlimited Class Fastest Car


March 3
11:30 am - 3:30 pm EST
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Independence Civic Center
6363 Selig Drive
Independence, OH