Pinewood Derby Flashback

1980. I’d been working on my pinewood derby car for more than a month. Everything seemed perfect: Dad had taken it to the the belt sander to give it its sports car body; I’d painted it red and took special care to make sure the pin stripes were just right. And, to hit the weight limit, Dad had embedded a piece of steel in the car. But on race day, well, let’s just say it was an 8-year-old’s worst nightmare. My car dragged along the track and never made it to the finish line. So, you can imagine my anxiety when the same thing happened during Henry’s first zucchini car race today at the Fremont Oktoberfest. And you can understand why I immediately took his car back to the workbench to solve the axel issue and make sure Henry ended up with the fastest zucchini car on the track.  That is, until Kristine (two degrees in engineering) showed up with Ruby’s car.

The Fry Family Quartet enjoyed the first weekend of fall – a beautiful day in the heart of Fremont, complete with zucchini car races, pumpkin carving and face painting.


About Tim Fry

Tim is a global communications consultant. He has a background in storytelling, opinion research, brand campaigns and product launches for clients big and small. He has been recognized with several industry awards, including Ad Age’s “40 under 40” and PR News' "15 to Watch." Tim has a bachelor of science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University. When he's not helping people tell their best stories, you're likely to find him riding his bike, kayaking or catching Dungeness Crab on Lopez Island, WA. He can be reached at
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