The “Cars” movie Web site has provided Route 66 aficionados another way to look at the fictional town of Radiator Springs.
In the showroom that contains the film’s major characters, you can download portraits of them. Many of the portraits also contain images of the businesses the characters own.
Ramone’s body art business strongly resembles the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas.
Here is Sarge’s Army surplus store. To me, his neon sign looks like the one from the now-defunct Howard Litch Garage in Galena, Kan.
Here is Flo with her Flo’s V-8 Diner. The top of the restaurant resembles a car air filter.
Here’s Doc Hudson’s office, which has nice art deco touches.
Here’s Luigi and his tire business.
Here’s Guido, who’s a sidekick to Luigi.
UPDATE: For a more detailed look at the real-life Route 66 inspirations to “Cars,” go here.