This page contains trivia for "Pinewood Derby". Remember, trivia must be factual, provable, and it is always best to cite your source for not-so-obvious trivia. If you would like to dispute a trivia point, please discuss it in the article comments.
Kyle doesn't appear in this episode, possibly because he's in Jew Scouts. Strangely enough, however, his parents are seen standing in the background when the 'space police' land.
Kenny only appears in the bleachers with his dad and Cartman appears sitting in the crowd at the derby close to him. They both come with the others to greet the aliens.
Mr. Mackey is revealed to be a member of the scouts as he is seen in a panning shot in a scouts uniform.
This episode depicts John Howard as Prime Minister of Australia but Kevin Rudd was voted in a year before Barack Obama.
This episode, which was supposed to have aired on February 8th of 2009 on the Latin American MTV, was banned, allegedly due to the complaints of Felipe Calderón due to the infamous image that is depicted about his country. However the Mexican government has since given its approval, and the episode aired on April 4, 2010.
In the South ParkSeason 13 commentary for "Pinewood Derby", Matt Stone and Trey Parker said that this episode was originally going to be about Randy finding a dinosaur fossil that has a gun, and Randy realises that the dinosaurs were wiped out because they killed each other with guns, so Randy tells everyone to get rid of their guns. But someone (to Matt and Trey's disappointment because they had also planned this to be an hour special) told Matt and Trey that this happened in a Simpsons episode.
The movies referenced by the newsreader are Contact and Star Trek:First Contact. Contact was referenced in Tom's Rhinoplasty and Star Trek has been referenced in many other episodes. Specifically, Earth being enclosed in a giant "web", closed off from the rest of the universe, is a direct reference to the Original Series episode "The Tholian Web".
Randy and Stan are in the car while Randy calls the Hollis'. They claim their car clocked in at 1.2 seconds while Stan's clocked in at only 1.8. This causes Randy to curse and get pissed.
In the Pinewood Derby race, children such as Craig and Tweek appear in a wide shot of the crowd about two thirds of the way down the track. However, when the camera follows the race, they are sitting at the end of the track.
Two adults appear twice in the derby crowd. In addition, Mr Mackey appears to be looking down towards the ground with an angry expression on his face, a possible animator mistake.
The judges' table has four racing flags on its surface when the camera faces it directly - however, there are only three as Stan hands in his car.