Top 50 Cars Movie Details

While searching the internet for Cars movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

While in a pub in London there is a tapestry on the wall that is the DunBroch family tapestry from Brave (2012), except they are portrayed as cars.
While in a pub in London there is a tapestry on the wall that is the DunBroch family tapestry from Brave (2012), except they are portrayed as cars.
The member of lightning McQueen's pit crew who insists that his name isn't Chuck is listed as "Not Chuck" in the end credits.
The member of lightning McQueen's pit crew who insists that his name isn't Chuck is listed as "Not Chuck" in the end credits.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Cars details are suitable for kids.

  1. Main antagonist Chick Hicks is sponsored by 'hostile takeover Bank'

  2. When Mac arrives in California, without Mcqueen, a reporter asks if he's going to pose for "Cargirl," implying that adult magazines exist in the Cars universe.

  3. Doc Hudson told Lightning McQueen that after he returned from his crash, they told him he was history. With Doc being a Hudson Hornet, this is true to the real car, because it had an 86% win ratio in the early 50's, but was left behind because it had an outdated flathead engine.

  4. Mack puts "Jocko Flocko" on the side of his truck. Jocko Flock was a monkey used as a marketing stunt in auto racing in the 50s. He drove in Tim Flock's Fabulous Hudson Hornet.

  5. The cars watch versions of Disney movies with the characters replaced by cars. Mack, Lightning McQueen's truck, compliments one character in each film. Each character he compliments is voiced by John Ratzenberger, who also voices Mack.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - An 'Apple car' can be seen in the race at the beginning of the movie. This is a tribute to the former CEO of Pixar, Steve Jobs. The number 84 is also significant and was chosen because it was the year the first Apple computers began selling.
    An 'Apple car' can be seen in the race at the beginning of the movie. This is a tribute to the former CEO of Pixar, Steve Jobs. The number 84 is also significant and was chosen because it was the year the first Apple computers began selling.
  • 1 - The Lightyear tires used by the race cars are an obvious reference to Buzz Lightyear, the not so obvious detail is that they are listed as being from 'Sector 4, Gamma Quadrant' where Buzz said he stationed in the first Toy Story movie.
    The Lightyear tires used by the race cars are an obvious reference to Buzz Lightyear, the not so obvious detail is that they are listed as being from 'Sector 4, Gamma Quadrant' where Buzz said he stationed in the first Toy Story movie.
  • 1 - Prior to the last race the jets flyover a replica of Pixar Studios.
    Prior to the last race the jets flyover a replica of Pixar Studios.
  • 1 - There is "Braking News" instead of Breaking News
    There is "Braking News" instead of Breaking News
  • You can see Mike and Sully in car form

  • 1 - Mater drifts through a building in Japan where you can see Mike and Sully as cars.
    Mater drifts through a building in Japan where you can see Mike and Sully as cars.
  • 1 - Two girls "flash" Lightning McQueen
    Two girls "flash" Lightning McQueen
  • 1 - The map in Cars (2006) is actually a map of the interstate highways in the United States.
    The map in Cars (2006) is actually a map of the interstate highways in the United States.
  • 1 - When McQueen is talking to Mr. Sterling about his future, we can see in the top right corner the Carriage from Cinderella
    When McQueen is talking to Mr. Sterling about his future, we can see in the top right corner the Carriage from Cinderella
  • 1 - There is a trophy shaped like Cinderella's carriage in Sterling's office
    There is a trophy shaped like Cinderella's carriage in Sterling's office
  • 1 - We can see Gastow's Restaurant when Mater goes to Paris. This is a nod to Gusteau's in Ratatouille (2007). Gastow is holding gas fuel nozzels while Gusteau is holding sauce pans. Reposting because of image fail.
    We can see Gastow's Restaurant when Mater goes to Paris. This is a nod to Gusteau's in Ratatouille (2007). Gastow is holding gas fuel nozzels while Gusteau is holding sauce pans. Reposting because of image fail.
  • 1 - Easter Egg in Cars 2 (2011) for Ratatouille (2007) Gusteau's
    Easter Egg in Cars 2 (2011) for Ratatouille (2007) Gusteau's
  • 1 - One of the training racers gets home sick. Cruz Ramirez shows him a photo of his home and he says "Santa Cecilia, mi pueblo!". Santa Cecilia is also where Coco, another Pixar movie, took place.
    One of the training racers gets home sick. Cruz Ramirez shows him a photo of his home and he says "Santa Cecilia, mi pueblo!". Santa Cecilia is also where Coco, another Pixar movie, took place.
  • 1 - Dusty and Rusty, the spokesman for Rust-eze, are Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of NPR's "Car Talk". Rusty bears an intentional resemblance to Tom Magliozzi's infamous green 1963 Dart, named "The Dartre".
    Dusty and Rusty, the spokesman for Rust-eze, are Tom and Ray Magliozzi, hosts of NPR's "Car Talk". Rusty bears an intentional resemblance to Tom Magliozzi's infamous green 1963 Dart, named "The Dartre".
  • 1 - While in the Destruction Derby one car crashes and launches a "rocket" at the crowd. It is the rocket from the Pizza Planet from Toy Story
    While in the Destruction Derby one car crashes and launches a "rocket" at the crowd. It is the rocket from the Pizza Planet from Toy Story
  • 1 - When Mack and McQueen hit the road for the first time in the movie they pass the birds on the telephone wire from the Pixar animated short.
    When Mack and McQueen hit the road for the first time in the movie they pass the birds on the telephone wire from the Pixar animated short.
  • 1 - The Pizza Planet truck can once again be seen when McQueen and Cruise race in the derby at Thunder Hollow.
    The Pizza Planet truck can once again be seen when McQueen and Cruise race in the derby at Thunder Hollow.

Hidden Details

1 - : They didn't leave anybody out of the credits
: They didn't leave anybody out of the credits
1 - You can see a frame in which a car is portrayed as the pope, this frame implies that there was a Jesus car who died on the cross to save the whole car race (pun intended) from their sins.
You can see a frame in which a car is portrayed as the pope, this frame implies that there was a Jesus car who died on the cross to save the whole car race (pun intended) from their sins.
1 - The flies are actually tiny cars with wings.
The flies are actually tiny cars with wings.

The airplanes leave tyre marks in the sky

When lightning mcqueen & the gang visit luigis family on the way to Porta corso. The old Italian village has several references to old Italian car manufacturers such as the Maserati logo held by the stone statue in the town square & also Alfa-Romeo's famous grill on the church.

1 - This truck stop has convertible waitresses. (Topless)
This truck stop has convertible waitresses. (Topless)
1 - Luigis license plate reads 44.5 10.8, which are the coordinates for Ferrari's main factory in Maranello, Italy
Luigis license plate reads 44.5 10.8, which are the coordinates for Ferrari's main factory in Maranello, Italy
1 - When Mac falls asleep, Lighting falls out of his trailer and Minivans have to swerve around him. These 2 Minivans are the cars who are scared to ask for directions later in the film.
When Mac falls asleep, Lighting falls out of his trailer and Minivans have to swerve around him. These 2 Minivans are the cars who are scared to ask for directions later in the film.
1 - A truck stop can be seen advertising 'convertible waitresses', that is, topless waitresses
A truck stop can be seen advertising 'convertible waitresses', that is, topless waitresses

In the crowd at one of the races there is a kid car with his parents. His parents are blue and red; the kid is purple (blue and red combined).

1 - : during Lightning McQueen's trial there's a patriotic portrait of a factory producing Sarge's model... Are they alluding to a past war?
: during Lightning McQueen's trial there's a patriotic portrait of a factory producing Sarge's model... Are they alluding to a past war?
1 - Sheriff's tires are deflated to show how old he is
Sheriff's tires are deflated to show how old he is
1 - In "Cars" (2006), Strip "The King" Weathers crashes due to his lack of roof flaps. Roof flaps function as an emergency spoiler when going backwards, counteracting the lift produced by the rear spoiler. Lightning McQueen has these roof flaps, which allows him to drive backwards in the same race.
In "Cars" (2006), Strip "The King" Weathers crashes due to his lack of roof flaps. Roof flaps function as an emergency spoiler when going backwards, counteracting the lift produced by the rear spoiler. Lightning McQueen has these roof flaps, which allows him to drive backwards in the same race.
1 - In the final raceway there are 2 cars spitting off the top of the arena.
In the final raceway there are 2 cars spitting off the top of the arena.

Two fans "flash their headlights" at Lightning McQueen and he reacts accordingly, complete with eyebrow wiggle and examining the goods.

Green car on left behind "flashing" car girls takes a picture of one of their rears

1 - There is an Apple car in the piston cup race at the start of the film.
There is an Apple car in the piston cup race at the start of the film.
1 - The minivan that passes Mac on the highway has its left turn blinker on as it gets into the right lane
The minivan that passes Mac on the highway has its left turn blinker on as it gets into the right lane
1 - Strip Weathers "The King" is voiced by Richard Petty, a famous NASCAR driver, who The King's design is based on. In Cars 3 (2017), Cal Weathers, Strip's Nephew, is voiced by Kyle Petty, Richard's son.
Strip Weathers "The King" is voiced by Richard Petty, a famous NASCAR driver, who The King's design is based on. In Cars 3 (2017), Cal Weathers, Strip's Nephew, is voiced by Kyle Petty, Richard's son.

Cruz is scared of running over crabs at the beach. Turns out she was right to be wary as they were training at a crab sanctuary.

1 - Not sure if everyone knew this but most mountain peaks in Cars (2006) are shaped like old Cadillac cars.
Not sure if everyone knew this but most mountain peaks in Cars (2006) are shaped like old Cadillac cars.
1 - Everytime a car explodes, fire comes out from wherever their real life counterpart engine is located
Everytime a car explodes, fire comes out from wherever their real life counterpart engine is located

In the final race Guido performs the fastest pit stop "ever seen" in the piston cup. However, Guido is an enormous F1 fan and fast (2-3 seconds) pit stops are mandatory in F1 racing.

1 - "The King" Strip Weathers is talking to Lightning McQueen that he needs to be part of a team. During the final race, after Lightning gets a new pit crew, The King is smiling as he's passed by him.
"The King" Strip Weathers is talking to Lightning McQueen that he needs to be part of a team. During the final race, after Lightning gets a new pit crew, The King is smiling as he's passed by him.
1 - There's a Crab Sanctuary run by the Department of Brachyura Resources. Crabs are in the scientific infraorder 'Brachyura'
There's a Crab Sanctuary run by the Department of Brachyura Resources. Crabs are in the scientific infraorder 'Brachyura'
Cars poster
Cars poster

Cars Plot: A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Cars, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Cars and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport
Director John Lasseter
Main Actors Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy
IMDB score 7.1