I am looking for info. on altered wheel base cars. Is it legal in scout racing and if so is it legal in all states or does it vary from pack to pack. We have built cars that always make it past the pack race but falls short of a 1st,2nd or 3rd place trophy in the regionals. Last year my son missed a trophy by one place and 2 tenths of a second.This year we tried a different style of car,opposed to the wedge we usually make,with the weight more to the rear which made the car really fast but the track had one imperfection at the last joint which made the car pop up a bit,enough to let the closest car pass in the last 6" of track.I know the weight was a little light in the front making this happen so I would like to try an extended wheel base.My Bro. ran an extended wheel base car years ago and won the regional,was protested against with the end result of being offered the 1st place trophy after checking the rules. I've been told that if it is'nt stated that you CANNOT do it then it is legal.Any info on this will be greatly appreciated.
Whatever body is governing the races (BSA or otherwise) makes the rules. There could be differences in the rules between Cub Scout Packs, Districts, and Councils - there are no national, regional or state rules. It is best to get a copy of the rules you will be racing under and review them. If you still have any questions, find out who is in charge and contact them. It is best to ask specific questions if you want specific answers. By the way, if you can do it, ask via e-mail and than print out the answer to keep from getting disqualified come race day.
An extended wheel base is not always the only answer for speed but it should help in your case.