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Rock Candy 500


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Clear your calendar. On April 9 under the River Market Pavilion, we're launching the first annual Rock Candy 500. The Boy Scouts are loaning us a 40-foot track, and we're gonna congregate, drink beer, listen to music, talk shit and race pinewood derby cars.

It's gonna be magical.

Our resident pinewood derby expert David Koon has compiled a set of rules you can see after the jump. He's allowed for more weight than usual. Speed!

Start crafting.

All ages will be welcome.

More details to come.

The rules

1) All cars must be made primarily of wood.

2) All cars must have four wheels.

3) All wheels must touch the ground when the car is sitting upright on a flat surface

4) All cars must use the plastic wheels and metal axles provided in a standard pinewood derby racer kit.

5) The wheels and axles may not be modified (that's physically modified... do anything you want to them cosmetically).

6) Maximum size of each car, including wheels, may not exceed 7 inches in length and 3 inches in width

7) The minimum distance allowed between the inside lip of the left and right wheels is 1-3/4 inches.

8) When sitting on a flat surface, minimum ground clearance under the car must be no less that 3/8 inch.

9) Each car's weight shall not exceed 7 ounces. Metal may be added to reach the maximum weight if desired.

10) Each car must be propelled along the track by gravity alone (no engines, air cylinders, rubber band launchers, etc)

11) Each car shall not have any type of suspension, including springs, shocks, etc.

12) With regard to the wheels and axles: wheel bearings, washers, bushings and other mechanical friction-reducing devices are prohibited.

Note: First, second and third prizes will be offered in each of three categories: 1) Speed  2) Paint and 3) Design. An additional prizes will be offered for Best Kid's Entry (under 14) and Best of Show. Though employees of the Arkansas Times may enter, they are not eligible to win prizes in any category except Speed. Car kits and accessories may be purchased at or area hobby shops.


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