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Kub Kar Night 1982 (Ed Kowalchyk)
Kub Kar Night 1982 (Ed Kowalchyk)

One of the highlights of the Cubbing year at 15th Strathcona (formerly 15th Burlington), for many years, has been our annual Kub Kar Rally.  Kub Kars are simply small model cars of specified dimensions which are created, carved, painted, and assembled by the Cubs.  The cars are gravity powered and run down a regulation track  Similar Kub Kar activities are run all over Canada, as well as the United States, where the activity is known as the Pinewood Derby.

Building and racing Kub Kars are favourite family activities.  Starting from a single block of wood, children can build their own model Kar with some guidance from a grown-up.  The success comes from Cubs "doing their best" to build a model of their own choosing.  The project helps Cubs towards earning a number of badges.  Events featuring Kub Kars are designed to be fun and promote a sense of achievement.  Competition is minimized, with every Cub treated as a winner.

Each Cub is given a Kub Kar kit which consists of:
a block of pine, 7" x 1.25" x 1.75"
four plastic wheels
four finishing nails (used as axles)
a rules / instructions sheet

Cubs are encouraged to create and build their Kub Kar using the above materials. They then paint and decorate their Kub Kar and bring it to the rally, held by 15th on our own track in February or March.


Kub Kar Winners - 1991
Kub Kar Winners 1991 (Dave Trefethen)

All Kars must pass the following inspection to qualify for the race:

  1. Overall width, including wheels, shall not exceed 7 cm (2¾ inches)
  2. Length shall not exceed 17.8 cm (7 inches)
  3. Weight shall not exceed 142 g (5 ounces)
  4. The minimum distance between the wheels is 4.5 cm (1¾ inches)
  5. Clearance between the chassis and the track should be 0.95 cm (3/8ths of an inch)
  6. Axles, wheels, and body shall be from the materials provided in the kit
  7. Wheel bearings, washers, and bushings are not permitted
  8. No lubricating oil may be used.  Axles may, however, be lubricated with powdered graphite
  9. The Kar shall not ride on any kind of spring
  10. The Kar must be free-wheeling, with no starting devices
  11. No loose materials of any kind are allowed in the Kar

These simple, uncomplicated rules, provided to each Cub with his kit, allows for a level playing field for all Cubs.

Winner's Circle 1994 (Marian Appleton)
Winner's Circle 1994 (Marian Appleton)

Each year, following our Pack rally, the Cubs are given 2-3 weeks to fix any problems with their Kars before the Burlington Kub Kar Fun Day.   This special event is a great example of how Kub Kar racing can be made fun for all.  In traditional rallies, once a Cub is eliminated from racing, the day for him is over.  At the distict event, the actual race is only one of many Kar-related events including:  Kub Kar Kurling, Distance Competition, Speed Trap, Bowling, Obstacle, Sling Shot, Ramp Jump, and Uphill Climb.  Press each event for a description or view the whole Kub Kar Fun Day Events Page.

Kar design contests are also held for Best Movie Theme Kar, Best Real Car Lookalike, Best Imaginative Kar, and Best Stock/Formula Race Kar.  The wide variety of activities ensures a fun day for all Cubs!  For more information on Kub Kars or running a Kub Kar Fun Day, please contact us at ScouterBill@scouter.caGood luck with your Kar!

Winners Circle 2011 (Bill Kowalchyk)



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