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Promoting public interest and participation in the arts since 1961.

Archive of past events: 2004 through 2014

3rd Annual
Pinewood Derby
at the Gualala Arts Center

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Check In & Inspection 10 - 11 a.m.
Races start 11:15 a.m.

Returning in support of the Auto Show for the third year, the "Summernationals" Pinewood Derby will again be run on Gualala Arts' state-of-the-art aluminum racetrack complete with computerized time, speed and results display.

Summernationals Pinewood Derby
Pinewood Derby, Gualala Arts Center, July, 2013

Make this part of your Auto Show experience by building your own Pinewood Derby car, and make the competition interesting by having all your family members build one, too! Youth and the young at heart will be able to design and build their very own custom car to race. Racing classifications include 8 and under, 9 to 12, 13 to 18, 18 years and older and Vintage (car built prior to 2013 or a previous Gualala Arts Pinewood Derby entry).

There will be racing trophies awarded for 1st place and 2nd place in each classification. All cars will race a minimum of 4 races within a heat, running once on each lane of the track. The winning cars in each classification will be the cars with the two lowest total elapsed times for all races they complete. One Best Time Overall trophy will be awarded to the car with the lowest total elapsed time among all classifications except Vintage. For the first time this year all entries in each class will also be judged for their artistic execution, and each class will have a Most Artistic award presented to one entry. There will also be an overall Most Artistic award presented to a single car regardless of class. All racers will receive participation medallions.

Registrations will be accepted any time up to 11:00 a.m. the day of the races, but you are encouraged to enter early. Check in and inspection is Saturday, July 20 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., races start at 11:15 a.m. Registration forms are available online and at the Gualala Arts Center; registration cost is $5. Purchase your official Boy Scouts of America car kit either from Gualala Arts, from any Scouts headquarters or online from various websites that offer official kits. It will consist of a block of pine, plastic wheels, metal axles and decals.

2013 Summernationals
Pinewood Derby

2013 Summernationals results
  2013 Summernationals Final Standings
Race Results

Summernationals Pinewood Derby
Summernationals cars in the race staging area after registration and inspection

Summernationals Pinewood Derby
Summernationals 9-13 Years and Best Time Overall winner
Felix Weber of Cupertino shows off his participation medallion,
given to all racers
  Summernationals Pinewood Derby
Summernationals 13 - 18 Years
Most Artistic winner Faye Ritchie
shows off her trophy

Summernationals Pinewood Derby
Summernationals Vintage winners Zidane Koller (center), 1st Place
and Alan Ricioli (right), 2nd Place receive their trophies
from Mike "Bone Daddy" Thomas (left)

Summernationals Pinewood Derby
Summernationals 18 Years and Older winners Diane Maxwell (right), 1st Place,
and Jacob Maxwell (left), 2nd Place, receive their trophies
from Mike "Bone Daddy" Thomas (center)

Summernationals Pinewood Derby
Summernationals 8 & Under winners Elisabeth Weber (left), 1st Place
and Ayden Strickland (right), 2nd Place receive their trophies
from Mike "Bone Daddy" Thomas (center)

Previous Pinewood Derbys
at Gualala Arts Center

2013 Winternational Pinewood Derby
2012 Auto Show & Pinewood Derby
2011 Auto Show & Pinewood Derby

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.