Pinewood Derby

March 25, 2023

Derby Committee:

Jenny Goguen, [email protected] (Chairperson)
Scott Schnegelberger, [email protected] (Registrar/Committee)
John Spinks (Committee)
Michael Harrelson (Committee)
David Harris (Committee)

Online Registration:

Open until March 19, 2023, 11:59pm EDT in order to allow for award certificate and race software lead time.

Inspection and Weigh-In:

Friday night prior to race day —  March 24, 2023 5:30PM to 7:30PM (mall closes at 8pm)

2023 Location:
  Triangle Town Center mall              Google Maps code: 
  5959 Triangle Town Blvd.                                                 Raleigh, NC
  Raleigh, NC  27616
  ** in front of Macy’s department store **


The Derby rules have been updated for 2023Please read all the rules regarding height, weight, length, wheelbase and construction methods.  Just because the car was “OK” in your Unit race does not mean that it will pass inspection at the District level.

Race Time:

Saturday, March 25, 2023; the event will begin promptly at 10:30am Eastern with an opening ceremony followed by the individual race heats for the Speed competition, then the Craftsmanship and Originality competitions and wrap up with the Grand Finals and conclude with a final Awards Ceremony.

Racers not checked in by 7:30 PM Friday, March 24 will be removed from the heat schedules.


Will follow the last heat of the Grand Finals race.


The District Derby will continue to use Competitions based on rank. Divisions are made up of all Scouts in these six rank groupings:
  • Lions
  • Tigers
  • Wolf
  • Bear
  • Webelos
  • Arrow of Light¹
¹Scouts that have bridged over to a Troop are welcome and encouraged to participate if they placed in their Pack races.


Craftsmanship, Originality & Speed
Each competition will have a 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winner for each division.  The 1st place Speed winners of each division will compete for an overall Top Speed Trophy.  Each car can only be entered in one type of competition and this will be determined by the Unit prior to registration.

  • It is required by the Derby Committee to have Cub Scouts’ cars registered at the primary Inspection and Weigh-In on Friday evening so that race software, judging sheets and participation certificates can be completed before race day, thus eliminating registration bottleneck, technical issues the day of the race and ensuring a quality program for the event.
  • Each unit is expected to provide at least one volunteer for race day activities and to facilitate the return of participant vehicles and any awards to their respective units.  These volunteers should arrive by 9:30 AM.
  • The Unit Cubmaster or their designate has responsibility to ensure that all of their Pack entrants’ cars are registered and impounded at Inspection/Weigh-In Friday night.
  • In the spirit of good sportsmanship and respect for all competitors and fellow Scouts, all competition group participants must be present at the awards ceremony. 

Complete District Derby rules are posted here:

2023 North Star District Derby Rules-FINAL