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5th Annual Pinewood Derby at Procare

Pinewood Derby Cars from Procare's 2015 RaceAlthough 2015 marked Procare Software’s 5th annual pinewood derby-style race, affectionately known as the Firecracker 5000, it was our first year holding the event in our new location in downtown Medford, OR. The track was so long it ran not only through our lunch room, but the adjoining game/break area as well. The electronic timing system ensured accurate results, while staff members vied for six prizes: three for the fastest cars and three more for the most creative designs (Best of Show).

This year designs ranged from basic blocks of wood (which performed surprisingly well) to an elegant piano, a hand-carved warthog, a red racer with Lego driver, a 70’s style hippie van, a sleek racing sedan, a 4th of July car, a Saint Louis Cardinals car, a firecracker, a crayon, and even a hotdog. Continue reading

Procare’s 4th Annual Pinewood Derby

Each year in July, Procare Software holds a pinewood derby race officially known as the Firecracker 5000. Our 4th annual competition was recently held at Procare world headquarters in Medford, OR. This is a much anticipated event attended by staff members, and their families, who design and build their own cars in the spirit of friendly competition. Awards are given for the 3 fastest cars, as well as the 3 receiving the most votes for their visual and creative appeal (Best of Show).

Procare’s team of software engineers and developers took the top 3 places in the race, with Wade Christensen placing 1st. According to Wade, his success was due to extensive research on derby cars, “I studied designs put forward by several teams of engineers and based my car on the winning team’s design.” See: Derby Car Design.

2014 Procare Pinewood Derby Car by Wade Christensen

1st Place: Wade Christensen

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3rd Annual Pinewood Derby at Procare

In keeping with our annual tradition, the Procare Software crew recently held their 3rd annual pinewood derby race, also known as the Firecracker 5000. This friendly competition among staff members and their families is always a highlight of the 4th of July week. Racers are judged both on speed and design. The top 3 finishers (fastest cars) and the 3 receiving the most Best of Show votes (most clever and best looking cars) all received awards.

Video: Procare Software Pinewood Derby “Firecracker 500”

The most successful overall car in this year’s event won two awards and was entered by the family of Vice-president Rick Waldron. Designed to look like a tube of Crest toothpaste, the Waldron car finished in the top 3 both for speed (third) and Best of Show (also third). Rick and family have done well in past competitions too, having won Best of Show in 2012 and finishing 2nd in 2011. Continue reading

Procare’s 2nd Annual Pinewood Derby

2012 "Firecracker 5000" Pinewood Derby Race at ProcareWhat could be more fun than a summertime car race? The staff of Procare Software recently held their second annual race, known as the “Firecracker 5000”. Each person began with a pinewood derby style car kit and from there designed it for speed, style or both. Prizes were awarded to the top three finishers in a double-elimination bracket and also to the three cars that received the most votes for “best in show”.

The winner for 2012, Software Consultant Scott Schneider, did not think he had much of a chance after having to tape the left front wheel on shortly before race time and credited “luck” as his secret to success. Scott not only had a fast car, but a well crafted and visually appealing design featuring a notched front end with copper tubing, which also captured him 2nd place in the best of show voting. That’s an impressive 1-2 finish. Scott, who previously won best of show in 2011, certainly has a flair for style. Continue reading

Pinewood Derby Day at Procare

In celebration of July 4th and just to have a little fun, the staff at Procare Software® recently ran our 1st annual pinewood derby style race known as the “Firecracker 5000”. Each person built their car starting with a standard pinewood derby car kit and customized it to their liking. There were separate competitions for speed and cleverness of design.

Procare Pinewood Derby: Video Slide Show

The secret to a fast race, according to winner Steve Suarez (tech support), was to use massive amounts of dry graphite to lubricate the wheels, so much so, that the sleek yellow car ended up graphite gray by the time the race was finished. Coming in second was software engineer Danny Pomeroy with Andy Spliefhof (web design & marketing) taking home the third place trophy.

For the design portion of the competition each person voted for their three favorite cars. There were a lot of nicely crafted cars so it was hard to choose but the top three are shown below. Continue reading

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