What is the Wheel Well motel based on?

The wheel form of the motel complements the old car shape of the hill where it's built. This motel's location is inspired by the Chief Yellowhorse's location in New Mexico.
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What city is Radiator Springs based on?

Radiator Springs is likely in the eastern part of Arizona, while the the truck stop they pass by would be in New Mexico. This means that Radiator Springs is likely a reference to Peach Springs, Arizona, where Route 66 follows the valley, and I-40 bypasses the town.
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Does Radiator Springs really exist?

Radiator Springs is a fictional small Arizona town and the principal setting of the Disney/Pixar franchise Cars.
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Is the waterfall in Radiator Springs real?

Firewall Falls is a waterfall in “Cars.” It's where Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera go for a romantic date. The real-life waterfall that inspired it would make for a different outing–it's in the Grand Canyon! Havasupai Falls has gorgeous turquoise water and rugged rockface surrounding it.
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What inspired Radiator Springs?

Is Radiator Springs inspired by a real town? When creating the fictional town, producer Lasseter modeled it after Seligman, Arizona. The name can arguably be linked to Peach Springs or Baxter Springs, Kansas.
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Is Radiator Springs based on Colorado Springs?

The movie is set within the fictional town called Radiator Springs. While this town is purely fictional, Historic Route 66 is not, and many of the landmarks in the film were inspired by real places such as Baxter Springs in Kansas, Peach Springs in Arizona, and even elements of Tucumcari right here in New Mexico.
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Is there a town like Radiator Springs?

Obviously there is not an actual town called Radiator Springs on Route 66. HOWEVER, there is a Peach Springs and a Cool Springs. The businesses and people that inspired the characters and businesses can be found spread out across the length of Route 66!
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Who is Chick Hicks based on?

Designs of the cars: Chick Hicks is based on a 1987 Buick Grand National NASCAR racer. The King is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, one of Richard "The King" Petty's most famous rides. The Superbird was created to get him back into a Plymouth for the 1970 racing season, and Petty provided the voice.
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Who is Lightning McQueen based on?

Montgomery "Lightning" McQueen is an anthropomorphic stock car in the animated Pixar film Cars, its sequels Cars 2, Cars 3, and TV shorts known as Cars Toons. The character is not named after actor and race driver Steve McQueen, but after Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who died in 2002.
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What part of Route 66 is Cars based on?

The fictional movie town of Radiator Springs, faithfully replicated at Disney's Anaheim theme park, draws inspiration from a number of locations along a 1,000-mile stretch of Route 66 between Kingman, Ariz., and Tulsa, Okla.
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Why is Route 66 abandoned?

The last outdated, poorly maintained vestiges of U.S. Highway 66 succumbed to the interstate system in October 1984 when Interstate 40 at Williams, Arizona, replaced the final section of the original road. In 1985, the highway was officially decommissioned.
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Does Route 66 still exist?

Since the highway was decommissioned, Route 66 no longer exists on modern maps. In some places, in fact, the physical road is unpaved and virtually impassable. However, you can still follow some of the original road in your car. In many states, Route 66 parallels the interstate highway.
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Is the waterfall in Cars a real place?

Havasu Falls – Havasu Falls, Arizona

Here you'll find the famous waterfall in the Grand Canyon that inspired the one that Lightning McQueen and Sally admire during their tour of the countryside. This same waterfall is one of the crowning features of the Radiator Springs Racers ride in Disney's California Adventure.
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Where is Carburetor County located?

Carburetor County is a county in Cars in which Radiator Springs was founded. The other cities in the county are unknown. It is likely in Arizona, as Radiator Springs is known to be situated between Gallup, New Mexico and Kingman, Arizona.
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Where does the Piston Cup take place?

The Motor Speedway of the South, located in Motor City, United States, is the racing speedway which the Piston Cup race at the beginning of Cars, the Dinoco 400, is being held.
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Where is Ornament Valley?

Ornament Valley is a place in Radiator Springs. It is viewable from Wheel Well Motel in Cars Land, video games and the movies. It was this which made Sally stay and reside at Radiator Springs.
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What car is Jackson storm based on?

Voiced by actor Armie Hammer, Jackson Storm is the quick, cocky, and friendless rival for McQueen. In the movie he's younger, fitter, and faster than the lead. In the movie he's called a 2017 Custom-built “Next-Gen” Piston Cup Racer. In real life he most resembles the 2002 Cadillac Cien supercar concept.
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What kind of car is Sally?

More than 10 million people worldwide have seen Disney's latest animated film, Cars. One of the film's stars is Sally Carrera, a blue, female Porsche 911. MUNICH - Porsche is reaching a new set of potential fans.
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Who Is Strip Weathers based on?

Strip is based on a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with a 426 cubic inch hemi (about seven liters) engine, the same model Richard Petty drove. The Superbird was a heavily modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner, specifically designed for stock car racing. Its radical design was later banned by NASCAR.
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Who is Doc Hudson based on?

Dave Bonbright's fabulous Hornet provided the inspiration for Doc Hudson in the first Cars movie. If you're a fan of the movie Cars, there is no real-life car cooler than this. It's a 1951 Hudson Hornet owned by Dave Bonbright, one of the automotive historians who worked on the Cars films.
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Is Chick Hicks based on Dale Earnhardt?

The heavy in the script is Chick Hicks, whose character design is reminiscent of "The Intimidator," the late Dale Earnhardt. Specifically, Chick looks like Earnhardt's 1979 Pontiac Ventura with green-and-blue Wrangler livery.
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Why is Route 66 so famous?

Route 66 reduced the distance between Chicago and Los Angeles by more than 200 miles, which made Route 66 popular among thousands of motorists who drove west in subsequent decades. Like other highways of its day, Route 66 reflects the origin and evolution of road transportation in the United States.
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Why is Lightning McQueen number 95?

You probably know that Lightning McQueen's number is 95, but it wasn't always going to be that. His number was originally 57, which is the year director John Lasseter was born. Incidentally, 95 represents the year that Toy Story, Pixar's first feature film, was released.
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