Borough First Annual Pine Car Classic

Gentlemen and Women, Start Your Engines.

March, 18, 2009, by Jedidiah

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Remember the days of Tiger Cubs and Webelos? Nope? Me neither. But, that’s okay because men and women alike will have the chance to pimp a pinewood car and race it to the checkered flag in the first annual Pine Car Derby on April 11th at The Borough.

There is limited space available for the races and you can register and pick up your kits between now and race date for $20 at The Borough. The rules are outlined below.

Who needs Nascar? I promise this will be a fun afternoon of beers and racing in downtown Raleigh. Scout’s Honor.


  Following are the inspection points

    1. The car weight shall not exceed 10.0 ounces. The official race scale shall be considered final. Weight may be added to the car and will be considered part of the car for purposes of all measurements. All additions must be securely fastened to the car, e.g. by permanent glue, nails or screws, but not by “sticky substances”, e.g. tape, or tack spray. Weights shall be passive, i.e. non-moveable, non-magnetic, non-electric, non-sticky, etc.

2. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches.

3. The overall width of the car shall not exceed 2 ¾ inches.

4. The car must have 1 ¾” clearance between the wheels.

5. The car must have 3/8” clearance underneath the body.

    6. The wood provided in the kit must be used. The block may be shaped any way that is desired.

7. The wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded. You may remove the seam from the wheels.

8. The car must not ride on any type of springs.

9. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.

10. If, during a race, a car leaves the track without interfering with its opponent, it shall be considered to have ended its heat at that point.

11. If a car leaves its lane, at its sole discretion, the track chairman may inspect the track and, if a track fault is found which probably caused the initial violation, the track chairman may order the race to be rerun after the track is repaired.

12. If, during a race, no car reaches the finish line on the track, the car that went the farthest in its lane shall be declared as the heat winner.

13. If, during a race, a car leaves its lane and, in so doing, interferes with another racer, then the car at fault shall be removed from the track and the race shall be rerun with the remaining cars.

14. Only one car may be registered by any person in the Pinewood Derby.

15. Lubricants that may foul the track are prohibited.

Each car must pass inspection by the official race inspector, Blind Willy, before it will be allowed to compete. The Inspector has the responsibility to disqualify those cars that do not meet these specifications. The Inspector has the responsibility to disqualify a car if it is found to have made modifications after passing the inspection.

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  • Sam
    03/18 07:44 PM

    Is the Borough a gay bar?  I’m new around town and went there the other night and could not tell.

  • MMI
    03/18 09:10 PM

    I’d call it “gay friendly,” but it is not not specifically laid out as what you might call a gay bar.  It happens to be on the same block as 2 gay bars, so it gets a lot of traffic from them (the bars, that is).

    Gay establishment or not, I won this bad boy when I was ten.  I’m guessing I could do it again with a little planning.  You have all been duly warned.  :)

  • spookyjon
    03/18 11:27 PM

    A lot of gay people go there.  A lot of straight people go there, too.  Basically anybody who likes really good food, drinks, and servers goes there.

  • MMI
    03/18 11:29 PM

    ^^^ What he said.

  • hbomb
    03/19 05:40 AM

    the borough is a neighborhood bar, and gay folks, straight folks, bi folks, trans folks frequent it often. which is awesome, b/c the folks that work there are super badass. whom else sponsors all you can eat contests and little derby contests? they rule it the most. thanks ladies.

    wait, so i won’t get to ride in my race car? wtf is that all about? guess i’ll just have to watch.

  • kg
    03/19 10:29 AM

    i don’t know if i could live with another crushing defeat at the hands of a pine car derby rally…

  • Les
    03/19 10:41 AM

    come on hbomb, there’s nothing in the rules that says you can’t ride your car. you should put together a pinewood Ruckus!

  • TheCatalyst
    03/19 04:24 PM

    There’s a place in downtown Fuquay Varina that has a track setup up and you can race their cars or your own. It was something we just happened upon and it was a blast!

  • Aly Khalifa
    04/02 12:22 PM

    The first four places at the Classic will get top seeds at Kirby Derby Day. KDD will also have a MODIFIED category for anything goes racers under 10 oz.

  • Dave
    01/19 11:38 AM

    I plan on attending and using Elmer’s Ultimate Glue to a glue on a little cartoon character to give my car some style. :-)

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