These Are the Rules (bub)

What’s a Derby?

From Wikipedia, "The pinewood derby is a racing event for Cub Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America. Cub Scouts, with the help of parents, build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine, plastic wheels and metal axles ..."

The Stumptown 40 is a lot like a Pinewood Derby, but instead of boys creating cars from blocks of wood, it's Portland's creative types. And instead of a church gymnasium, the Stumptown 40 will be held at Spirit of 77 (where a full bar is available). Car kits are $25 (price includes event admission). Register here.

Thirty Dolars?!?!?!

Hey, it's for charity, man. We generally select a different charity every year. The 2015 race's net proceeds will be donated to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office of Search and Rescue (MCSOSAR), where co-founder Blu volunteers on the weekends. MCSOSAR is a 100% volunteer-staffed organization on call 24/7/365. They're the people that come find you when you get lost hiking.

I'm Not Crafty.

Not so good at questions, either! If you're not the whittling and/or sanding type, feel free to join the fun as a spectator.

What Do I wear to a Derby?

Unlike derbies of the Kentucky sort, the Stumptown variety requires no fancy hats or party gear, though such attire is not discouraged. Consider something more utilitarian - perhaps a belt on which you can hang a pocketknife (Whittlin' Chit required). A jaunty neckkerchief will appeal to both the aesthetes and the mathletes in the crowd - it works equally well as neckwear or emergency tourniquet.

I'm a Registered Racer! Where Do I get my Kit?

You're right to be excited. Participating in the Stumptown 40 is about the best thing a person can do.

Print the receipt you received when you registered, and bring it with you to Hand-Eye Supply (427 NW Broadway, Portland, OR, 97209) between 12 PM and 6 PM, 7 Days a week. Show one of the friendly staff members your receipt to get you your kit, and you'll be ready to start sawing, sanding and smoothing!

Gone social?

Join us on Facebook and Twitter and receive up-to-the-minute Stumptown 40 racing action. Know who is in the pits, who is leading and who is bombing.

At the event we will be streaming live tweets. So be sure to talk smack before and durning Stumptown 40!