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  1. Arrowhead District Pinewood Derby Rules

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    1. CONDUCT
      1. Good Sportsmanship is required at all times.

    2. GROUND RULES
      1. The race is open to all Tiger Cub Scouts, Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts registered in Arrowhead District. The top three winners at the pack level are usually selected to represent their pack at the District Pine Wood Derby. If one of these is unable to attend then the 4th place winner should be selected. If he is unable to attend then the 5th place winner, and so on.
      2. Cars must have been made for the Pinewood Derby held this year by the Pack that the boy is registered with. Cars made for a previous year's derby are not permitted.
      3. The winners will be determined by timed runs.
      4. If a car jumps off the track, the heat will be run again. If the same car jumps off the track a second time, it will automatically lose the heat.
      5. If a car leaves its lane and interferes with another car, the heat will be run again. If the same care leaves its lane a second time and interferes with another car the heat will be run again without the interfering car. The interfering car will automatically lose the heat.
      6. If a car suffers a mechanical problem; loses and axle, breaks a wheel, etc., and a repair can be made in a reasonable time, the heat will be run again. If not, the car will automatically lose the heat.
      7. Only race officials and boys racing will be permitted into the registration and track area. As with all rules, this rule will be strictly enforced.

    3. INSPECTION
      1. Each car must pass inspection by the Official Inspection Team before it may compete. The Inspection Team had the right to disqualify those cars which do not meet these rules. Car owners will be informed of the violations and given an opportunity to modify the car to meet these rules.

    4. LENGTH, WIDTH, AND CLEARANCE
      1. Maximum overall width (including wheels and axles) shall not exceed 2-3/4"
      2. Minimum width between wheels shall be 1-3/4" (so cars will clear the center guide strip)
      3. Minimum clearance between the bottom of the car and track shall be 3/8" (so cars will clear the center guide strip)
      4. Maximum length shall not exceed 7"
      5. The wheel base (distance between the front and rear axles) may not be changed from the Official Kit # 1622.

    5. WEIGHT AND APPEARANCE
      1. Weight shall not exceed 5 ounces. The readings of the Official Race Scales will be considered final. The car may be hollowed out and built up to the maximum weight by the addition of wood or metal, provided it is securely built into the body or firmly affixed to it. Weights affixed to the outside bottom of the car may be used provided they meet the minimum clearance requirements (see 4c above). No loose materials of any kind are permitted in or on the car.
      2. Mercury shall not be used for adding weight. It is a potential health hazard.
      3. Details such as steering wheel, driver, spoiler, decals, painting and interior details are permissible as long as these details do not exceed the maximum length, width and weight specifications.
      4. Cars with wet paint will not be accepted.

    6. WHEELS AND AXLES
      1. Only the official Scout Grand Prix Wheels and axles can be used. Wheels and axles can not be modified, except as noted below.
      2. Wheel bearings, washers or bushings are prohibited.
      3. The car shall not ride on any type of springs.
      4. The car must be free-wheeling with no starting device or other propulsion.
      5. Wheels can not be altered in any shape of form except to remove the plastic flashing or molding burr.

    7. LUBRICATION
      1. Only dry powdered lubricants, such as graphite, may be used. Regular oils, Teflon or silicone lubricants or sprays may soften the plastic wheels and therefore are not permitted.
      2. Cars may be lubricated before inspection. No further lubrication will be permitted.

    8. PROBLEMS
      1. See Rule #1a.
      2. Any participant (including the parent of the participant) has the right of appeal to the Race Committee for an interpretation of these rules. The Race Committee, by majority vote, will be the final judge of these rules. In case of a tie vote, the decision of the Race Committee Chairperson will be final.
      3. Ungentlemanly or unsportsmanslike conduct by any participant or member of the audience will be grounds for expulsion from the competition and/or the race area.
      4. Situations not covered by these rules will be resolved by a majority vote of the Race Committee. This decision will be considered final.

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  2. Popcorn Fundraiser!

    By now all the Scouts in this Pack should have received a Popcorn fundraiser form along with their order sheet. There are a number of prizes for the energetic Scout willing to put in some time and effort and help the Pack and themselves at the same time. If your Scout hasn't got his Popcorn order form in hand, please contact your Den leader immediately.

    Wal-Mart is sponsoring one of the new prizes this year; incentive prizes of $20 gift certificates for filling in an entire order form. That's thirty (30) different orders Scouts, so you'd better get going. The incentive from Wal-Mart expires on October 15th so that makes it even tougher.

    All the final order forms must be turned in no later than the October Pack meeting on the 29th. Please be sure to have your forms with you when you attend.

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