Route 66 News

Pixar’s Route 66 inspirations

Those who stick around to read the end credits to "Cars" will notice that Pixar included a thank-you list to people who inspired and gave them hospitality during their research trip down the Mother Road several years ago.

I e-mailed Pixar for that list, as I thought it would be of considerable interest to the Route 66 community. On Monday, it gave me the list and asked me to add this introductory paragraph:

"As we traveled on Route 66, we were privileged to visit many places and to meet a number of people who live and work alongside 'The Mother Road.' The following is a list of the places and people we wanted to honor by including their names in our 'Special Thanks' credits at the end of the film."

Without further ado, here is the list verbatum, along with links if available: 


Michael Wallis & Suzanne Fitzgerald Wallis


Scott Nelson
Eisler Brothers Old Riverton Store
"Home of the hand-crafted sandwiches"
Riverton, KS

Dean & Paula Walker
Baxter Springs, KS


Dawn Welch
The Rock Café
"Home of the fried pickle spears"
Stroud, OK

Jim Ross
Arcadia, OK

Butch Breger & his Momma
Round Barn
Arcadia, OK

Pat Smith & Staff
Oklahoma Route 66 Museum
Clinton, OK

Walter S. "Doc" Mason
Best Western Tradewinds Courtyard Inn
Clinton, OK

Ray & Shirley Killian
RS&K Railroad Museum
Sayre, OK

Harley & Annabelle Russell
The Mediocre Music Makers
Sand Hills Curiosity Shop
Erick, OK

Wanda Queenan
National Route 66 Museum
Elk City, OK

Glenna Hollis & Kay Farmer
Country Dove
"Home of the French Silk Pie"
Elk City, OK


Delbert & Ruth Trew
The Devil's Rope Museum
McLean, TX

Stanley Marsh 3
The Cadillac Ranch
Amarillo, TX

Becky Ransom
The Big Texan Steak Ranch
"Free 72-ounce steak if consumed in 60 minutes"
Amarillo, TX

Fran Houser
The Midpoint Café
"Home of the Ugly Crust Pie"
Adrian, TX


Eddie "No Money" Shields
Santa Rosa, NM

Dale & Hilda Bakke
The Blue Swallow Motel
Tucumcari, NM

Mike & Betty Callens
Tee Pee Curios
Tucumcari, NM


Aggie Montano, Alice & Stanley Gallegos
Joe & Aggie's Café
"Hottest Chow on the Mother Road"
Holbrook, AZ

Antonio & Cindy Jaquez
Jack Rabbit Trading Post
"Home of the 'Here It Is' Sign"
near Joseph City, AZ

Allan Affeldt & Tina Mion
La Posada
Winslow, AZ

Diane Patterson
Roadworks Gifts & Souvenirs
Their "Stand is on the Corner" in
Winslow, AZ

Janice Griffith
Old Trails Museum
Winslow, AZ

Paul & Sandi Taylor
Route 66 Magazine
Williams, AZ

Angel Delgadillo
"Guardian Angel of Route 66"
Angel & Vilma Delgadillo's Old Fashioned Route 66 Gift Shop, Barber Shop & Museum
Seligman, AZ

Juan Delgadillo
Sno Cap Drive-In
Seligman, AZ