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2nd Annual
Pinewood Derby
at the Gualala Arts Center

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Check In & Inspection 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Races start 1:00 p.m.

Pinewood Derby

The 2nd Annual Gualala Arts Winternationals Pinewood Derby race will take place on Saturday, January 18 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Entry fee is $5 per car entered, and racers can enter 1 car per class that they are eligible for.

Pinewood Derby Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Mike "Bone Daddy" Thomas of Bones Roadhouse, the cars will again be racing on the state-of-the-art four-lane aluminum track that includes an electronic timing system displaying immediate finishing order, race times and scale miles per hour for each race. Youth and those young at heart will be able to design and build their very own custom car to race.

Classifications include 8 and under, 9 to 12, 13 to 18, 18 years and older, Vintage and Unlimited for racing. 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 and Unlimited. 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.

Pinewood Derby The Vintage class is open to racers of any age, but cars must have been built more than 6 months prior to January 18, 2014 or be a previous Gualala Arts Pinewood Derby entry. New this year is the Unlimited class, which allows entrants to build their racecars without using the standard Pinewood Derby kit. Most of the rules for dimensions remain the same, so that the cars can run the track, but Unlimited cars - both the cars and their wheels - can be made of any material the entrant wants to use (i.e. metal, ceramic, wood, combinations, etc.). Vintage and Unlimited classes will not be eligible for the Best Time Overall trophy.

Registrations will be accepted any time up to 12:30 p.m. the day of the races, but you are encouraged to enter early. Cars must pass inspection to qualify for the race. Check in and inspection is Saturday, January 18 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Races start at 1:00 p.m. and will be run by classification. After all races have been completed and awards presented, (approximately 4:15 p.m.) the track will remain open for 30 minutes so that racers to run their cars against friends' and family's cars.

Car building classes are being offered by Bone Daddy and Action Network on Tuesday, January 7 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday, January 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Classes are free with paid registration, and kits will be available for sale if racers have not already purchased them. Scholarships are available, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Classes will be held at Action Network, 39144 Ocean Drive, Suites 3 & 4 (above Physical Gym) in Cypress Village in Gualala.

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For the first time, the racetrack will be available prior to race day for racers to test and fine tune their cars. Racers can bring their cars to the Gualala Arts Center on Wednesday and Thursday, January 15 and 16 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. and run their cars on the track. Volunteers will be on hand to perform inspections on the cars to insure that they will qualify for the races, and to help with tuning the cars for maximum performance. Admission to the testing is free.

Registration forms are available online and at the Gualala Arts Center; registration cost is $5 per car. Purchase your official Boy Scouts of America car kit at the Gualala Arts Center for just $5 including tax, 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.

Download the Winternationals Pinewood Derby Registration Form or pick one up at Gualala Arts Center. Submit your application ASAP as registrations are accepted as space permits.

2014 Winternationals
Pinewood Derby

2014 Winternationals results

Previous Pinewood Derbys
at Gualala Arts Center

2013 Summernationals Pinewood Derby
2013 Winternationals Pinewood Derby
2012 Auto Show & Pinewood Derby
2011 Auto Show & Pinewood Derby

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.