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Lightning McQueen
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Lightning McQueen

Lightning McQueen #95, typically referred to by his surname McQueen, and occasionally called "Stickers" by Sally, is the main character and is voiced by actor Owen Wilson. He is a generic LeMans racing car from th 1970's. 

The number #95 is a reference to the year 1995, when Toy Story debuted.

Lightning also appears at Disney's California Adventure of Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA and Disney MGM Studios of Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL along with Mater. They are very unique characters because they are like regular vehicles unlike others.


Mack is a fictional 1980s Mack Superliner truck, bearing license plate "RUSTEZ3", voiced by John Ratzenberger. 

Lightning's pit crew

Lightning McQueen's pit crew are generic forklifts who quit following McQueen's refusal to pit for tires which nearly costs him the first race in the movie. One of them, presumably the acting crew chief (his official one having been recently fired), is referred to by McQueen as "Chuck", only to remind him that his name is "not Chuck." Voiced by Mike Nelson, this particular one is identified in the credits only as "Not Chuck."


Harv is Lightning McQueen's agent. He is heard only twice in the movie, when Lightning McQueen and Mack are en route to the tiebreaker race, by voice. He talks to Lightning McQueen in a speakerphone built into Mack's trailer. A quick savvy talker, Harv was voiced by Jeremy Piven in the US release, but was voiced by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson in the UK release.

Rusty and Dusty Rust-eze

The Rust-eze Brothers, Rusty and Dusty, are the spokescars for Rust-Eze, the team that sponsors Lightning. Rusty is a 1964 Dodge A100, and Dusty, a 1963 Dodge Dart V10. Rusty and Dusty are voiced by Tom and Ray Magliozzi (respectively) of NPR's Car Talk. The '63 Dart bears an intentional resemblance to Ray's infamous green Dart, named "The Dartre". In a deleted scene shown on the DVD, these two would have had no association with Lightning McQueen other than a chance encounter at a truck stop which Mack was allowed to stop at briefly.

As McQueen is leaving, Rusty and Dusty say "Don't drive like my brother", and "And don't drive like my brother", the Magliozzi brothers' signature line for ending an episode of Car Talk. Another homage to public radio occurs in their names; Rusty and Dusty are the names of two of three cowboys who have appeared in the A Prairie Home Companion segment "The Lives of the Cowboys" (the third, Lefty, appears to have replaced Rusty a long time ago).

Dinoco Team

 The King

Strip "The King" Weathers is a Dinoco Blue veteran, racecar voiced by Richard Petty. He is based on Richard Petty's 1970 Plymouth Superbird, and models Petty's crash in the 1988 Daytona 500.  He is one of the racecars in the 2005 Piston Cup three-way tie, next to Chick Hicks and Lightning McQueen. He is Dinoco's "Golden Boy" having won 7 Piston Cups (same number as Richard Petty). 

Mrs. The King

Mrs. The King (as Mater calls her) is a 1972 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon, and is The King's wife. She is voiced by Lynda Petty, Richard Petty's real-life wife. She's identical to a car in which the Pettys drove themselves and their children to the races during the 1970s. During the races, she sits in a special VIP booth with Dinoco's sponsor Tex, cheering her husband on.


Tex, voiced by Humpy Wheeler, is the gold 1975 Cadillac Coupe de Ville owner of Dinoco. After the tie-breaker race, he offers Lightning the coveted Dinoco sponsorship, which Lightning declines in favor of staying with Rust-eze, his current sponsor. To this, Tex replies that he respects Lightning's decision, but to let him know if there's anything he needs, he should let Tex know. Lightning takes Tex up on this by arranging for Mater to have a ride in Dinoco's helicopter.

Dinoco Girls

The Dinoco girls are models for Dinoco who stand on the stage. They are Mazda Miatas with a single blue feather attached by a blue sequin.

Hostile Takeover Bank team

 Chick Hicks

Chick Hicks is the main antagonist of the film, voiced by actor Michael Keaton. He is described as a generic and boxy 1980s American stock car, though an early design was that of an old model Chevrolet stock car that was dumped because GM disliked it. He bears a stunning resemblance though to a 1980's Buick Regal. He also bears more than a passing resemblance to the late Dale Earnhardt (including his famous "mustache" and aggressive driving style). His primary sponsor is Hostile Takeover Bank, represented by "htB", but his sides and hood are covered with logos for numerous other companies. Along with the sponsors, he has his number 86 on his side that refers to "86-ing" someone, as in throwing them out. The number 86 also refers to 1986, the year Pixar debuted its very first film, Luxo Jr.. Chick's grille is positioned to resemble a mustache, and is actually referred to as a mustache twice in the Cars video game. His personality is designed as a fast driving maniac who is always out to win, even if it means driving illegally. He constantly shakes and vibrates, but still drives beyond the abilities of this model.

Chick Hicks's Pit Crew

Chick Hicks' pit crew is a group of forklifts (all wearing false moustaches similar to Chick's) who mainly give gas and change tires for Chick, with a Dodge Ram pickup as the Crew Chief, providing important tactical information on the other racers (i.e., telling Chick that Lightning had blown a tire in the first race). They make fun of Guido before he demonstrates his lightning-fast tire changing, causing the forklifts to drop their false moustaches in disbelief, the largest of them only doing so when Guido says "Peet stop", one of his few English lines in the film. Their names are unknown. His trailer is briefly seen, and his driver is not seen at all.

 Radiator Springs Populace


Mater is a tow truck voiced by Larry the Cable Guy. Along with the movie, he stars in a short, Mater and the Ghostlight, and acts as an announcer in the Cars video game. He speaks with a thick Southern accent with a bit of hillbilly twang, and often misspells words or uses incorrect syntax. Mater is also the self-proclaimed world champion backwards driver. He attributes his skill to his rear-view mirrors and his own philosophy. In the movie, Mater befriends and supports McQueen all throughout his adventure in Radiator Springs. He shows McQueen around the town, doing various things as "tractor tipping".

Mater is based on a 1951 International Harvester (IHC) Pickup truck, converted into a tow truck, but looks more like a mid-'50s Chevrolet. His color was originally baby blue, but over the years, he has rusted into a light brown/orange color, with some of the blue still showing through. He is missing his hood and has only a single headlight (his right). His license plate number is A113. His final personality was based on his voice actor, Larry the Cable Guy, and he uses many of Larry's catchphrases, including "Git-R-Done" during the final race sequence and "I don't care who you are; that's funny right there" during the tractor tipping scene, among others.

Doc Hudson

Doctor Hudson Hornet (better known as "Doc Hudson" or simply "Doc") is voiced by actor Paul Newman. His license plate reads 51HHMD. Doc, once known as the Fabulous Hudson Hornet (#51), was once one of the most famous racecars to have ever lived, holding three Piston Cup titles and the record for most wins in a single season. 

Jaded by the racing scene, he left that world, apparently taking out time to study medicine. The famous #51 disappeared into obscurity, leaving many wondering where he had gone. He instead opted for a simple navy blue paint job and the life of a doctor in the tiny town of Radiator Springs, the "shining jewel" of the mother road - Route 66. He runs Doc's clinic. As times changed and the town got bypassed in favor of Interstate 40, Doc stayed on, even when the population had dwindled to a meager dozen or so residents. He is respected, well-loved, and serves not only as the town's physician, but as its judge, as well. After meeting the young hot shot Lightning McQueen, Doc found himself seeing far too much of himself in the #95 rookie. Doc called the news and press who rushed over in droves and took McQueen on to the Piston Cup. Seeing how disheartened everyone was, Doc took back his old #51 colors to become the young racer's pit crew chief. By the end of the film, Doc has opted to keep his racing colors and becomes a trainer as well as crew chief to the young McQueen.


Sally Carrera is a 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera voiced by Bonnie Hunt. Her license plate number is 301PCE. She also appears in the Cars video game in which she is a playable character. In the UK cars magazine Top Gear, Sally was included in the magazine's list of the 10 sexiest cars in the World. Sally, Lightning McQueen's love interest, is the town attorney of Radiator Springs. She came to the town several years before when, in her own words, "I never felt... happy. One day I just drove and drove, and finally broke down right here." (in front of the Wheel Well Hotel) "Doc fixed me up, Flo took me in... well, they all did. And I never left." Sally then fell in love with the town, and the land around it, and never left. Sally ran the Cozy Cone Motel. Later, she and Lightning reopened the Wheel Well.


Luigi is a 1959 Fiat 500, a Ferrari fan, and has followed racing his entire life. His license plate reads 445-108, which is latitude and longitude for a Ferrari dealership. Luigi owns a tire shop, Casa Della Tires, in which he only sells Italian tires. His tire shop is known for its "Leaning Tower of Tires" which looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. His assistant is an Italian forklift named Guido. Inside his shop are many framed pictures of Ferrari Group C endurance racers from various points in history. He and Guido do not respect Lightning McQueen when he came to Radiator Springs, because he was not a Ferrari and claimed to not know any. But later in the film, Lightning surprises Luigi and Guido by telling Michael Schumacher, a Ferrari racecar, that Luigi and Guido's store was the best place to get tires (and in their surprise, they toppled over, and the Ferraris are not seen again in the movie).

For the Italian version of the film, Luigi was voiced by comedian Marco Della Noce; interestingly enough, one of Della Noce's most popular characters was "Oriano Ferrari", a parody character meant to represent the leader of Ferrari's pit stop crew. However, in the other versions of the film, he is voiced by Tony Shalhoub.


Guido is a forklift, works with Luigi at Luigi's Casa Della Tires, and is Luigi's best friend. The only language Guido can speak and understand fluently is Italian although he obviously understands English as seen in the final race. He is voiced by Guido Quaroni and can perform a professional pit stop by himself in seconds. Many people claim that Guido knows only two words in English, "Pit stop" but pronounced "Peet Stop!". He also says "Okay" in the film. But since the other Radiator Springs populace talk to Guido in English, he understands what they are saying, even though he usually speaks Italian. 

In order to preserve the "language barrier" gags between Guido and the other characters in the Italian dub, his lines (and the other cars' lines in Italian) have been rendered in the regional dialect of Italian spoken in the town of Modena, home of the Ferrari car manufacturer and racing team.

Coincidentially, or as a pun by the authors, the name "Guido" is a perfect homonym for the Italian inflected verb meaning "I drive".

Like Luigi he faints upon meeting a Michael Schumacher Ferrari but only after Schumacher talks to him in Italian. As a pit crew, when Lightning dove by in the tiebreaker, he performed the fastest pit stop in history, at three seconds.


Ramone is a 1959 Chevy Impala lowrider who owns the Ramone's Paint and Body Art store, where he paints himself and other cars, including Lightning McQueen later in the film. His license plate reads "L0 N SL0", which is a reference to his catchphrase, "low and slow". He is married to Flo, whose restaurant is next door to his store. Ramone is usually depicted purple with a yellow and orange flame job, but throughout the film he changes color every morning to keep his skills sharp, since he gets no customers. This situation changes after Radiator Springs becomes vibrant again.

The only customer Ramone has refused to paint was his future wife Flo. When she asked him, "Whassamatta, you too good to paint me?" he promptly and smoothly replies, "No way, you too good for me to paint," and saying that he couldn't paint a classic. Ramone and Flo's meeting was only shown in a deleted scene. That was how Ramone and Flo fell in love. It should be noted that Ramone is the third Disney character to be voiced by Cheech Marin, the other two beind Tito the chihuaha from Oliver and Company and Banzai the hyena from The Lion King.


Flo is a car who owns Radiator Springs's only gas diner, "Flo's V-8 Café" and is married to Ramone, the town's body artist. Her license plate reads "SHOGRL", the same as the license plates applied to many Motorama show cars, and an obvious pun on the term "showgirl". Flo's coat is light green. She is voiced by Jenifer Lewis. She is a Motorama showcar, and came to Radiator Springs during a national tour in a deleted scene.It may be a play on Florence Jean Castleberry from the TV show Alice. However, this may be unlikely, as she was a waitress at the diner, not the owner.


Sheriff is a 1949 Mercury Police Cruiser, bearing Carburetor County license plate 001, voiced by Michael Wallis. Sheriff is painted in the classic law enforcement black and white, with a single red beacon, two sirens, and curb feelers. Sheriff was the first Radiator Springs resident to appear in the film and was also the first to meet Lightning McQueen during a police chase when McQueen was speeding through the town, trying to find Mack. He later befriends Lightning McQueen, even offering to give him a police escort to California, and joins his pit crew for the championship race.


Fillmore is a Volkswagen Type 2 (VW Bully) voiced by George Carlin. Fillmore's license plate reads "51237", which stands for May 12, 1937. This is the birthdate of George Carlin, the actor who lends his voice to Fillmore. He owns an organic fuel shop within the town of Radiator Springs, and is a stereotypical hippie, with his license plate positioned to resemble a soul patch. In the morning, when Sarge, who lives next door, plays Reveille and raises the American flag, Fillmore interrupts Sarge's song with Jimi Hendrix's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. This is much to Sarge's irritation, as he shouts at Fillmore; "Will you turn that disrespectful junk off?!" to that Fillmore says "Respect the classics man, it's Hendrix."


Sarge is a Willys jeep voiced by Paul Dooley. Sarge's license plate number is 41WW2, a reference to World War II, which the US entered in 1941. Sarge's full name is 'Sarge Armyson'. A veteran with a military green paint job, he appears to be a cross between a Willys MB and a Willys CJ-2A. He bears a slightly stylized Sergeant Major (E-9) insignia on his sides. Living in Radiator Springs, a quiet town on Route 66, next door to Fillmore, he runs a surplus store, named "Sarge's Surplus Hut" and mows his lawn twice daily. At the end of the film, he runs an SUV boot camp, called "Sarge's SUV Boot Camp", where he is briefly seen bickering with a poser Hummer H2 that has never actually been off-road.


Lizzie is a 1923 Ford Model T voiced by Katherine Helmond. Her license plate says "MT23" because of her model. She is the widow of Radiator Springs' founder, Stanley, and the elderly owner of a roadside souvenir and accessory shop. When Lightning shows how much he contributed to the town's lighting, she says to the Stanley monument outside of Red's firehouse, "I wish you could have seen this". She has gone a little bit senile because she is so old, and has a crush on Lightning McQueen.

The name "Lizzie" is a reference to "Tin Lizzie", the popular nickname of the Model T.


Red, sometimes called Big Red, is a mid-1960s Pirsch fire engine, bearing Carburetor County license plate 002. He is shy, emotional, big-hearted, has a good sense of humor, and seems to forgive easily. For some reason he doesn't speak, but can be heard crying a number of times throughout the movie. (e.g. During the scene where the Sheriff claims that he is glad McQueen has left town, Red memorably drives behind a pile of wood, crying, accompanied by the sound of a slamming door and tires falling over.) He spends most of his time watering his flowers and washing things, such as the statue of Stanley next to his fire station. Red was voiced by the late Joe Ranft, who also was a Pixar animator.



Stanley is Lizzie's late husband and was the founder of Radiator Springs. A statue of Stanley stands outside the fire station. Although deceased, he continues to exert an influence on the town, particularly over Lizzie, who often talks to him.



Frank is a Kubota orange combine harvester that resembles a bull, and the guardian of the tractors. After Lightning McQueen's first encounter with Frank, Lightning has a nightmare that he, The King, and Chick Hicks are beaten by Frank in the tie-breaker race. Chick actually does not even finish the race, since he is shredded and his remains are seen coming out of Frank's straw chute; the King and Lightning managing to swerve out of the way.



The tractors (resembling cows) appear when Mater and Lightning go tractor tipping (similar to cow tipping), and also in a stampede through the middle of town, likely provoked by Mater's antics. They also appear in the nightmare McQueen has about Frank winning the Piston Cup, wherein Lightning is surrounded by the tractors, one of which licks him. According to Mater, they are quite dumb. They are American 1950s Chewall tractors, as evidenced by the fact that the word "Chewall" is written on them. This may also be a pun on the fact that cows apparently spend most of their time chewing, and on the real-life Farmall brand of farm machinery. A scene shows that they have udders.


 Other Cars

 Darrell Cartrip

Darrell Cartrip is an announcer at the Piston Cup races. He is a 1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. He was a former Piston Cup Racer due to his looks & wheels. Voiced by Darrell Waltrip, his character being an obvious pun on his name. He raced a 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo with stacked headlights. He often raced with the number 17. Darrell is fond of colorful flame paint schemes. Cartrip utters "Boogity boogity boogity!" as the tiebreaker race starts; the real-life Darrell also utters this at the start of every NASCAR race and during some restarts. Also, right after the multicar wreck starts, Darrell announces "Trouble!"; this is usually said by NASCAR commentators during or after a wreck. Cartrip also appears in the video game as the sole announcer, as well as being playable in VS. and Arcade mode.


 Bob Cutlass

Bob Cutlass is an announcer at the Piston Cup races and friend of Darrell Cartrip. He is a Oldsmobile Aurora. Voiced by Bob Costas, who is well known for his various works on NBC. Although the name is a reference to the Oldsmobile Cutlass, which is said to be the best-known model name for the General Motors division that was discontinued after 2004, he is actually shown as a Oldsmobile Aurora. Just like Darrell Cartrip, the name "Bob Cutlass", is a pun on "Bob Costas", his voice actor. 


Marco is a security car who appears before the tie-breaker race with Fred, refusing to let the rusty car in without a garage pass but Marco said to Fred "Hey you! Don't you go in without a garage pass!", even after Mario Andretti 'recognizes' him by reading the license plate name tag Fred's wearing. He is a 2002 Ford Expedition SUV. Voiced by Phil Lorin. There are several other SUVs that look just like him, but with different voices, all serving as security during both Piston Cup races in the film.

 Mia and Tia

Mia, voiced by Lindsay Collins, and Tia, voiced by Elissa Knight, are identical twin Mazda Miata sisters who are Lightning McQueen's self-proclaimed #1 cheerleaders. However, after Lightning's disappearance, the twins quickly become the #1 cheerleaders of Chick Hicks. At the end of the movie, they are seen booing Chick along with the rest of the crowd over Chick's act of cheating which nearly killed Strip "The King" Weathers. The twins soon become #1 cheerleaders of McQueen once more. During the closing credits epilogue, it was shown that the twins had moved to Radiator Springs and took jobs at Flo's Cafe.


Fred is one of the many fans in the Rust-eze tent at the beginning of the movie. He's also seen at the beginning of the final race and during the credits. A running gag in the movie is that whenever he get's excited, his front bumper falls off. Another running gag is that he appears to be unaware that his license plate reads "Hellomynameis" and then underneath, "FRED", and he is thrilled beyond belief when McQueen and later Mario Andretti address him by name. Voiced by Andrew Stanton. A 1962 Rambler Ambassador.

 Van and Minny

Van and Minny are husband and wife. They get lost and try to find their way back to Interstate 40, but pass through Radiator Springs without buying anything and eventually wind up off-road. Van is apparently arrogant, as he claims that he has a global positioning system (GPS for short) in himself, and both of them are equipped with car alarms, which they arm after their encounter with Lightning McQueen when he begs them to call for help. After the end of the credits, we find out that Van and Minny have ended up somewhere lost in the desert, having not asked for directions, and Van has almost driven to insanity. Their names combined is a pun on "minivan".Van looks like a 1999 Toyota Sienna and Minny is either a 1997 Ford Windstar or a 1996-2000 Dodge Caravan. Minny is voiced by Edie McClurg with a Minnesota accent. Van is voiced by Richard Kind.

 The Delinquent Road Hazards

The Delinquent Road Hazards are a group of four Street Racers that cause trouble on the roads. The four of them cause Mack to falter, sending McQueen out of his trailer. They return in the Cars video game to cause trouble once again. The members include Boost (voiced by Jonas Rivera), the leader; DJ (voiced by E.J. Holowicki), who uses loud speakers; Wingo (voiced by Adrian Ochoa), a Japanese right-hand drive car; and Snot Rod (voiced by Lou Romano), who shoots flames out of his exhaust pipes when he sneezes. DJ looks like a customized Scion xB. Boost could be a Mitsubishi Eclipse or a Dodge Viper. Wingo is probably a Nissan Silvia, or a 2000 Honda Civic. Snot Rod is a Plymouth Barracuda, in Vitamin C Orange gloss paint.