Pine Car Derby

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Pine Car Derby

May 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

pinecar derby

Registration from 1:15 – 1:45 P.M, Racing begins at 2:00 P.M.

Location: Independence Kiwanis Pavilion

This facility is located inside Elmwood Park at the end of Kathy Lynn Drive or Selig Drive, situated in between the Liberty Station Playground and the soccer field.  This covered pavilion has shutter-style doors on the side walls which can be open or closed depending on the weather conditions.  It also has indoor restroom facilities.  Plenty of parking is available in the Independence Civic Center (6363 Selig Drive) parking lot.  This new venue for the Pine Car Derby enables us the opportunity to safely enjoy the event in an open-air facility with a roof overhead.  Please note that masks and social distancing will be required for all attendees of the Pine Car Derby.

Entry Fee: $5.00 per car

No food or beverages will be available at this year’s event due to COVID-19 protocols.

This is a FAMILY event (not just for dads and kids), so bring mom along to create some new memories and enjoy the fabulous races!

Sons and Daughters, it is time to get your race cars ready for the annual Pine Car Derby!  Official CVNSND Pine Car kits are available for sale for $5 each by contacting Rapala Tribe Chief Adam Dible at Please note that you will need to purchase your pine car(s) from the longhouse to ensure that you have the correct type of car.   Other pine car kits are not necessarily going to be within the required specifications of the CVNDND official rules (see below), so please do not buy any kits from any other craft or hobby store.

The testing / staging area will be available starting at 12:30 P.M. to allow time for final tweaks of the pine cars.  Cars will be weighed and registered from 1:15 P.M. to 1:45 P.M. There will be a $5.00 registration fee for each car (new or used) entered.  Racing is scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M.  Please arrive early if your car needs fine-tuning or any last-minute adjustments.  Additional updates to follow, so please be on the look-out for CVNSND e-mails and check the CVNSND website for any applicable updates.


CVNSND 2021 Pine Car Derby Official Rules:

You may only use authorized pine car kits and components purchased from CVNSND.  Boy Scout and various other hobby kits have different dimensions and components.  Do not use these car kits!  They will not fit our pine car tracks.  They will be unable to run and will be disqualified.

  • The maximum height for cars is 3 1/2 inches
  • Cars can be no more than 2 ¾ inches wide
  • The TOTAL length of cars can be no more than 7”
  • Minimum Undercarriage Clearance: 3/8 of an inch
  • Maximum Weight: 5 ounces

The CVNSND Pine Car Derby tracks will only accommodate cars with these dimensions and the tracks will NOT accommodate three wheels designs!  Three-wheel designs will be disqualified from racing.  The official CVNSND wooden dowel axles and axle screws must be used.  The wooden dowel axles may be relocated, but cannot be sanded, drilled or modified in any way.

The wheels that are included with the official CVNSND kit must be used.  Modifications to wheels are not permitted (i.e. washers, bearings, Teflon parts on the wheels or axles, etc.).

You must use the pine block included with your CVNSND car kit.  Of course, the block can be shaped and finished.  Decorative items can be added to the kit, as long as the car remains within the maximum dimensions.

The maximum allowable weight is 5 ounces.  You may add weights to the car.  The limited amount of weights provided by CVNSND 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 upon registration.  A scale and several tables will be available at the event where you can add and subtract weight.  Please bring your own tools.

Powdered graphite is the only lubricant allowed and will be provided at the event or you can supply your own graphite prior to arrival.

Cars from previous years may be used as long as they meet all of the above guidelines.

Only one car per active member child.  Races are for current CVNSND members only please.

While all rules and guidelines for this event have been carefully considered, CVNSND 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.  Trophies will also be awarded for the following categories:

  • Most Creative Car – Boys
  • Most Creative Car – Girls
  • Best Looking Car – Boys
  • Best Looking Car – Girls
  • Fastest Car – Boys
  • Fastest Car – Girls
  • Fastest Car – Overall Longhouse Champion
  • Fastest Car – Pathfinders


May 23, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


Kiwanis Pavilion
6363 Selig Dr
Independence, OH 44131 United States
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