Trivia: Lightning McQueen uses Lightyear brand tyres (as opposed to Good Year), which is a reference to Buzz Lightyear from another Disney-Pixar movie, Toy Story.

Trivia: "Route 66" was the original title of this film, but the name was changed to "Cars" so as not to imply a connection with the television show "Route 66".

Trivia: "The King" is one big tribute to Richard Petty- The King of NASCAR. In his prime, he drove the 43 as pictured in the movie. In the movie the 43 is voiced by Richard Petty. His wife, who Mater calls "Mrs. The King" is voiced by Richard's wife, Lynda Petty.

Trivia: When all the places are shutting down for the day of the last race, a sign can seen that says: "City of Emeryville - Closed." This is a reference to Emeryville, California, where the Pixar studio is located.


Trivia: Doc Hudson's character is based on a real racing team from the early fifties, with a car named the "Fabulous Hudson Hornet". Also, the reason he told McQueen he was "out of date" and not wanted after "recovering" from his accident is the same reason the real Hudson Hornet ended its dominance of Nascar around 1955: the introduction by Chevrolet of the OHV small-block V8 engine. There are history pics on the web showing cars with the same paint job Doc Hudsons had as he was shown being the pit crew boss in the final race.

Trivia: The red 8 car seen briefly in a couple of scenes was voiced by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Jr, also drives the 8 car on the NASCAR circuit.


Trivia: When the "Our Town" song is playing and shows all the old cars driving in and out of Radiator Springs, one of the cars leaving the town resembles the one and only "Christine" from the movie of the same name.

Trivia: George Carlin, the voice of Fillmore, was born on May 12th of 1937. This is why his license plate reads "51237." It is also the zip code of George, Iowa.


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Trivia: At the big race at the end of the film, when the camera cranes down to the news crew, to the left you can see the Pizza Planet truck from Toy Story.

Trivia: According to Richard Petty, The King's crash at the end of the final race is a frame-by-frame recreation of Petty's 1988 Winston Cup accident at the Daytona 500. The only difference is that the real crash was not caused intentionally, but rather by accident.


Trivia: During the "Life is a Highway" song, when Mac drives McQueen, there's a quick shot of birds on a telephone wire. They are the birds from the short film "For the Birds" that can be seen at the beginning of Monsters, Inc..

Trivia: On the 'Bonus Features' screen the postmark shown bears the date, Jan 12, 1957. This was the day the Creator, John Lasseter, was born.


Trivia: In small print on the racecar tyres, it says "Gamma Quadrant Sector 4," a reference to where Zurg's base is in Toy Story 2.


Trivia: The train which almost crashed into McQueen when he was on his way to Radiator Springs has the number A113 on it. Mater's license plate is also A113. This is a recurring inside joke in several animated shows and films, referring to the number of the classroom used by animation students at CalArts.


Trivia: In the teaser trailer for the movie, they show a race where one of the cars looks similar to Lightning McQueen. This car was an early build of Lightning.

Trivia: The two Masserattis that are with Michael Schumacher Ferrari in the end of the movie actually appears earlier in the beginning of the final race; they are entering the security area with Fred when he cannot get in even when Mario Andretti says his name. We can see the license plate of the green Masseratti in the epilogue when the wheel well is being reopened. The license plate is B9513. (01:33:30)

Trivia: The 'Hidden Mickey' is revealed when all of Radiator Springs' neon lights are fixed after Lightning McQueen's makeover. On the roof of Flo's V8 Cafe, a rotating neon light lines up to form the 'Hidden Mickey'.


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Trivia: The canyon around Radiator Springs looks like old car bonnets and ornaments.

Other mistake: During the very last race, Lightning McQueen gets next to Chick Hicks, and the reflection of that his "C" emblem is on Lightning McQueen's hood. However, the C is facing the right way. Since the C is placed on the Chick Hicks in the correct direction, the reflection on Lighting McQueen should be a mirror image.

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Dusty Rust-eze: Thanks to you, Lightning, we had a banner year!
Rusty Rust-eze: I mean, we might even clear enough to buy you some headlights!
Dusty Rust-eze: Are you saying he doesn't have headlights?
Rusty Rust-eze: That's what I'm tellin' ya - it's just stickers!
Lightning McQueen: Well, you know, race cars don't need headlights, because the track is always lit.
Dusty Rust-eze: Well, so is my brother, but he still needs headlights!

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Question: Can someone explain the mechanics (and physics) of how Doc's advice to "Turn right to go left" helps with McQueen's drifting?

Answer: Instead of sliding on all four tires, he's only sliding on the back two. The front two tires are turned to align with the direction of travel, allowing the car to maintain greater control of the drift. The slow-motion scene when McQueen first accomplishes this shows what's happening.


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