Pinewood Derby

February 24, 2024

Derby Committee:

Chris Nichols (Chairperson)
John Spinks (Committee)
David Harris (Committee)

Online Registration:

Open until February 18, 2024, 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 —  February 23, 2024 5:30PM to 7:30PM (mall closes at 8pm)

2024 Location:
  Triangle Town Center mall              Google Maps code: 
  5959 Triangle Town Blvd.                                                 Raleigh, NC
  Raleigh, NC  27616
The Derby rules have been updated for 2024Please 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, February 24, 2024; the event will begin promptly at 10:30am Eastern with an opening ceremony followed by an awards ceremony fore the Craftsmanship and Originality competitions.  Individual race heats for the Speed competition take place after, followed by the Grand Finals and concluding with a final Awards Ceremony.

Racers not checked in by 7:30 PM Friday, February 23 will be removed from the heat schedules.


Originality and Craftsmanship will be awarded before the Speed competition.  Speed awards 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, 2nd and 3rd place Speed winners of each Division will advance to compete for an overall Fastest 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 10:00 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:

2024 North Star District Derby Rules-FINAL