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Fall Gala: Pimp My Pine Wood Derby


Do you remember your first car? For many, it was made of wood or plastic. Whether you wanted to be Speed Racer or Trixie, Jeff Gordon or Danica Patrick, you used your cars to race, to transport your toys and to emulate your parents.

AIGA SF will celebrate cars, their design and the need for speed with our Fall Gala: Pimp My Pine Wood Derby. The Gala will feature custom-designed pinewood derby cars created by our guests who can choose to donate them to the auction, or race them on our derby tracks for fame and glory.

The Gala will be hosted at The Forum at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on November 18, 2010. The event will feature:

  • Hosted wine, beer and soda
  • Silent Auction of “Show Cars”
  • Live racing of “Race Cars”
  • Raffle for prizes ranging from posters, restaurant vouchers and magazine subscriptions to a copy of Adobe CS5.

Enter a Race Car
If you would like to bring a car to race, please give us your information so that we can plan how many “heats” we need. All you do is:

  • Tell us you plan to enter a Race Car by registering online at right when your purchase your ticket.
  • Purchase one Online
  • Bring it with you to the Gala before 7:00 pm. We will have a check-in desk for the race cars.

Official Rules For Race Cars
1. The car weight shall not exceed 6.0 ounces.
2. The overall length of the car shall not exceed 7 inches and width shall not exceed 2 3⁄4 inches
3. The car must have 1 3⁄4” clearance between the wheels and 3/8” clearance underneath the body.
4. The wheels supplied with the kit must be used. The wheels may not be cut, drilled, beveled or rounded.
5. Only dry lubricants such as graphite or powdered teflon “white lube” will be allowed for lubricating the wheels. Lubricants may not foul the track.
6. The car must be freewheeling, with no starting devices.
7. No loose material of any kind, such as lead shot, may be used.
8. Each car must pass inspection by the AIGA SF inspection committee before it will be allowed to compete.
Enter a Show Car
If you would like to bring a car to donate to the silent auction, please give us your information.

  • Tell us you plan to enter a Show Car by registering online at right
  • Purchase one Online
  • Bring it with you to the Gala before 7:00 pm. We will have a check-in desk for the show cars.

Official Rules For Show Cars
1. We will assign an entry # and affix it to the car.
2. You are not required to use the wood provided in the kit, nor follow any of the Race Car Rules. Just have fun!
Gala Raffle (partial list)

We are currently accepting donations for the raffle.

If you would like to participate as a sponsor, please download Fall Gala Partnership Opportunities packet at right. Or sign up online.

If you need special assistance to participate in this program, please contact AIGA SF at or 415-626-6008. For reasonable assistance accommodations to be provided, please RSVP for the event and notify us at least 2 weeks in advance. If we do not receive timely notification of your reasonable request, we may not be able to make the necessary arrangements by the time of the event.
More information about accessibility, public transportation and parking.


On 19 Oct 2010 @ 8:44pm, 8:44pm Brad Rhodes wrote:

for race cars, are there any weight restrictions? any size dimension restrictions other than wheel base?

On 1 Nov 2010 @ 11:49am, 11:49am Creighton Fung wrote:

Brad, see Offical Rules For Race Cars.

On 19 Nov 2010 @ 5:21pm, 5:21pm Amy wrote:

AIGA SF—Thanks for another great event!

On 20 Nov 2010 @ 6:58am, 6:58am Dave Bingham wrote:

Have the winning raffle tickets been posted yet? Where might they be?

On 20 Nov 2010 @ 9:43am, 9:43am Brad wrote:

how much did the event or the silent auction raise for aigasf?

On 21 Nov 2010 @ 10:06am, 10:06am David Muro II wrote:

About 200 pics are up on Facebook and if you’d like to contribute any of your photos, just tag them with the hash tag #aigasf.

Big thanks to David Asari for taking these pics, they came out great.

On 6 Dec 2010 @ 12:13pm, 12:13pm josh levine wrote:

Does anyone know who ended up buying my snowcone truck, Skylite, Jr?

On 1 Jun 2011 @ 6:12am, 6:12am wrote:

Aigasf.. Great! :)

On 3 Jun 2011 @ 8:09am, 8:09am wrote:

Aigasf.. OMG! :)

On 5 Jun 2011 @ 8:24am, 8:24am wrote:

Aigasf.. Dandy :)

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Thursday, 18 Nov 2010
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, California 94103 Map


  • AIGA Members: $20.00
  • Non-Members: $40.00
  • Student Members: $15.00
  • Student Non-Members: $20.00

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