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Fred is a minor character in the 2006 Disney/Pixar animated film, Cars.


Official Description

"Fred is truly racing's number-one fan. Some cars have better wax jobs, or attached bumpers, but do they have the heart and dedication Fred has? Not a chance. Between Fred's racing blogs, podcast, websites and daily call-ins to numerous radio shows, it's amazing Fred has time to get to any actual races."[1]


Fred is shown to be enthusiastic, especially when he hears other people saying his name, which he seems to be unaware of the fact that it is due to his front license plate reading his name.

Physical appearance

According to the Car Finder game, Fred is a Stodgey Suaver LT, which is a fictional model. He has green eyes, and is covered in rust, with a couple hints of tan. He also has a front license plate, which simply says "FRED".



Fred C1

Fred in Cars.

Fred appears as one of the members of the Rust-eze racing team, which is sponsored by Lightning McQueen. They are listening to Rusty and Dusty Rust-eze in the tent at the Motor Speedway of the South, being informed about what salt and grime would do to their paint in the winter, when they notice McQueen after a cardboard cut-out he was hiding behind tips over. As he tries to make his way to the stage while trying not to get touched by the members' rust, Fred appears in front of McQueen, telling him that he is his hero. McQueen, already knowing this, then refers to him by his name when seeing it on his license plate, which excites Fred on the fact that McQueen knows his name, before his front bumper falls off.

Before the start of the race at the Los Angeles International Speedway, Fred tries to get into the attendance, but the security officers would not allow him to access without a garage pass. A few moments later, Mario Andretti comes over, stating to Marco Axelbender that the day is great for having a race, before he notices Fred's license plate and mentions his name. Being excited by this, Fred tells the officers that they have to let him in, but they still refuse. However, he is somehow able to attend, as he is later seen with the rest of the Rust-eze crew when they congratulate McQueen for what he did on the track.

In the mid-credit scene, it is shown that Fred had got some decals from Lizzie at her curios shop, as he hops around on the crossroad of Radiator Springs, before his front bumper falls off once again.

Video games

Cars: Mater-National Championship


Fred in Cars: Mater-National Championship.

Fred makes his first appearance as one of the opponents in Radiator Springs Circuit. Before the race was planned, he comes over to McQueen, thinking that he is giving racing lessons when he was actually planning to give Philip practice on using the correct side of America's roads. McQueen greets Fred, taking another read at his license plate, which makes Fred excited to think that McQueen remembers his name. As Doc Hudson comes towards them, Fred and Philip are excited to see him. Barry then comes over, wondering if they are having a race, to which Philip thinks that they shall. As McQueen revs his engine, Fred's bumper comes off, causing to gasp in reaction. As they come to the start line, McQueen says that they will come back for Fred's bumper. Fred later appears as one of the opponents in the Rustbucket Races.

Cars: Race-O-Rama

Fred is seen as one of the opponents in the Rustbucket Derby races, and a few of the Smash Up races.

Printed media

In The Case of the Missing Muffler, a story in the February 2013 issue of The Fantastic World of Disney Pixar Cars, Fred appears talking to McQueen and Mater at Flo's V8 Cafe, assuming that he is a new resident of Radiator Springs.


Lightning McQueen

Fred is shown to be a big fan of Lightning McQueen, when he states to McQueen himself that he is his hero. He also gets excited when thinking that McQueen knows his name, despite the fact that it was actually due to it being shown on his license plate.


Fred: "You're my hero, Mr. McQueen!"
Lightning McQueen: "Yes, I know." (chuckles as he reads Fred's name on his license plate) "'Fred.' Fred, thank you."
Fred: "He knows my name. He knows my name!" (his front bumper falls off)
—Lightning meets Fred.
Marco Axelbender: (to Fred) "Hey, you! No admittance without a garage pass!"
Fred: "Oh, it's okay. Lightning McQueen knows me!"
Mario Andretti: "Hey, Marco, it's a beautiful day for a race, isn't it?"
Marco Axelbender: "Absolutely, Mr. Andretti."
Mario Andretti: "And good morning to you, uh, Fred."
Fred: "Mario Andretti knows my name!" (to Marco) "You gotta let me in now!"
—Fred at the tie-breaker race in Los Angeles.


Promotional Material


Video games



  • He and Fillmore are the only characters in the Cars franchise known to have front license plates.
  • His first die-cast was bigger than his actual size, which Mattel later rectified by making a smaller die-cast.
  • In Cars 2 there is a different character named Fred Pacer who is one of the evil lemons.


  1. "Car Finder" (supplementary material on Blu-ray Disc release of Cars). 2007. Blu-ray Disc. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2007.

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Disney Parks

Cars Land | Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Art of Animation | Cars Quatre Roues Rallye | Disney Animation Building | Luigi's Flying Tires | Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Radiator Springs Racers
Entertainment: Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular | World of Color: Celebrate!
Restaurants: Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Flo's V8 Cafe |
Shops: Radiator Springs Curios | Ramone's House of Body Art | Sarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade | Paint The Night Parade | Pixar Play Parade


Cars: Lightning McQueen | Mater | Sally Carrera | Mack | The King | Chick Hicks | Not Chuck | Mia and Tia | Boost | DJ | Wingo | Snot Rod | Bob Cutlass | Darrell Cartrip | Doc Hudson | Flo | Ramone | Sheriff | Luigi | Guido | Sarge | Fillmore | Red | Lizzie | Stanley | Junior | Tex Dinoco | Lynda Weathers | Van | Minny | Michael Schumacher Ferrari | Jay Limo | Fred | Todd | Frank | Tractors | Mike | Sulley | Vroomaroundus Bugus
Cars 2: Finn McMissile | Holley Shiftwell | Crabby | Tony Trihull | Leland Turbo | Rod "Torque" Redline | Miles Axlerod | Mel Dorado | Professor Zündapp | Grem | Acer | Francesco Bernoulli | Lewis Hamilton | Jeff Gorvette | Max Schnell | Miguel Camino | Raoul ÇaRoule | Nigel Gearsley | Carla Veloso | Brent Mustangburger | David Hobbscap | Vladimir Trunkov | Victor Hugo | Tubbs Pacer | J. Curby Gremlin | Fred Pacer | Ivan | Alexander Hugo | Uncle Topolino | Mama Topolino | Otis | Siddeley
Cars 3: Cruz Ramirez | Jackson Storm
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: Kabuto | Big D | Sandy Dunes | Blue Grit | Idle Threat | Shifty Sidewinder | Didi 05 | Mike 07


Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad Mater | Mater the Greater | El Materdor | Tokyo Mater | Unidentified Flying Mater | Monster Truck Mater | Heavy Metal Mater | Moon Mater | Mater Private Eye | Air Mater | Time Travel Mater
Tales From Radiator Springs: Hiccups | Bugged | Spinning | The Radiator Springs 500½ | To Protect and Serve


Dinoco | 2006 Piston Cup | The Delinquent Road Hazards | World Grand Prix


Radiator Springs | City Hall | Municipal Impound | Tow Mater Towing & Salvage | Flo's V8 Cafe | Luigi's Casa Della Tires | Ramone's House of Body Art | Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Sarge's Surplus Hut | Sarge's SUV Boot Camp | Doctor Hudson: Dr. of Internal Combustion | Racing Museum | Mrs. Piston | Willy's Butte | Radiator Springs Curios | Radiator Springs Drive-In Theatre | Wheel Well Motel | London, England | Paris, France | Porto Corsa | Tokyo | California | U.S. Route 66 | Interstate 40 | Los Angeles International Speedway | Motor Speedway of the South | Ornament Valley | Cadillac Range | Carburetor County | Big Ben | Top Down Truckstop | Big Bentley | NASCA


Real Gone | Life is a Highway | Our Town | Sh-Boom | Route 66 | Find Yourself | Behind the Clouds | You Might Think | Collision of Worlds | Nobody's Fool

Video Games

Cars: The Video Game | Cars 2: The Video Game | Cars: Mater-National Championship | Cars: Race-O-Rama | The World of Cars Online | Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Cars: Fast as Lightning

See Also

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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