The Mathews family, father Greg, daughters Karlie and Kinsey, and brother Bryce, had a double dose of fun at the Stanislaus County Fair this year.
Greg, Karlie, Kinsey and Bryce won a combined $4,125 while competing in the Motor-Home Class of the Destruction Derby last week.
They also got to meet and interact with actor Jeff Goldblum, who was filming a docuseries on motor homes for National Geographic.
“It was really fun having all the family members there participating and involved,” said Greg, 59, a resident of Ceres. “We did some filming for his upcoming series. We’re not allowed to give any details. It will all come out in the episode when it airs.”
“I was putting a hood chain on when he (Goldblum) came into the pit,” said Karlie, 34, who lives in Beaumont. “Once I saw him, he looked familiar. I’ve seen Jurassic Park and Independence Day. He’s a very nice guy. He was interested in what we had to say. He always had a movie quote to reference.”
Karlie, Kinsey, Greg and Bryce placed first, third, fourth and fifth, respectively, during Destruction Derby Apocalypse on July 16.
Karlie won $1,500.
“It was a memorable experience,” Karlie said. “I was just here to watch. I wasn’t planning on driving. My adrenaline was pumping so much, I was going to do whatever it took so I could be running in the end.”
Karlie had a breakthrough performance.
“I started driving 13 years ago and this is my first time winning,” she said. “My dad built such a good motor home.”
“It had no power steering,” Greg said. “She muscled the RV around and made some really good hits.”
Karlie also enjoyed teaming up with and competing against Kinsey, 27, of Ceres.
“We’ve been watching my dad since we were very little,” Karlie said. “We’ve never driven in a derby together. It was fun.”
Kinsey, Greg and Bryce took home $500, $250 and $125.
Bryce (54) made the drive from Gridley to participate in the Destruction Derby.
Greg and Bryce finished 1-2 at the Stanislaus County Fair’s Destruction Derby Mayhem on July 15.
They won $1,000 and $750.
The Mathews family dominated the competition.
“It was a great team effort,” Greg said.