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: 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: 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 Also, the reason he told McQueen he was "out of date" and not wanted after "recovering" from his accident is the same reason the real Hudson Hornet ended its dominance of Nascar around 1955: the introduction by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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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'.


Trivia: At least two of the car numbers are significant. Chick Hick's number is 86. Pixar was formed in 1986. Lightning McQueen's number is 95. Toy Story was released in 1995.

Other mistake: After the first race, in the scene where Lightning is rushing out on the stage thinking he is the winner, loads of confetti is shot out when the King and Chick Hicks gets onto the stage. The confetti is then falling down, but not a single flake hits any of the cars. However, in the following shots, you can see plenty of it on the stage underneath the cars, even though they haven't moved.

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Lightning McQueen: Look, Doc said when I finish, I could go. That was the deal.
Doc Hudson: The deal was you fix the road, not make it worse. Now, scrape it off! Start over again.
Lightning McQueen: Hey. Look, grandpa, I'm not a bulldozer. I'm a race car.
Doc Hudson: Hohoho. Is that right? Then, why don't we just have a little race - me and you?
Sally: What?
Lightning McQueen: Hohoho. Me and you? Is that a joke?
Doc Hudson: If you win, you go and I fix the road. If I win, you do the road my way.
Sheriff: Doc, what're you doing?
Lightning McQueen: Hahaha. I don't mean to be rude here Doc, but you probably go 0-60 in like, what? 3.5 years?
Doc Hudson: Then I reckon you ain't got nothing to worry about.
Lightning McQueen: You know what, old timer? That's a wonderful idea. Let's race.

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Chosen answer: Blown tires are common in NASCAR and usually the result of exactly what McQueen did, run too long, too fast, on old tires. They show him not taking new tires during the yellow caution, and then all the green pit stops, he only took gas. Excess heat from high speed driving can increase a tire's pressure, and with "old" tires, it couldn't handle the stress.


Absolutely incorrect. Tyres bursting in NASCAR is an absolute rarity, and it is usually caused by vehicle to vehicle contact. You cannot get a race tyre so hot that it bursts unless you start at ridiculously high pressures, which would make car impossible to drive anyway. The tyre probably had a puncture from running over debris.


That's why I used the word blown and not bursts. Obviously the film exaggerated a blown tire, but I thought that would be obvious to the viewer where everything is exaggerated.


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