Memorable Quotes From the 'Cars' Series (2024)


The best lines from Pixar's 'Cars' movies

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Updated on 01/30/18

Pixar's Cars and Cars 2 were box office hits and beloved by young kids, and the films are full of exactly the kind of memorable dialogue that Pixar has become known for. The following five lines stand as the most memorable lines in this ongoing series:


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“Ka-Chow!” (Cars & Cars 2)

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Every good hero needs a catchphrase – Pixar's Buzz Lightyear has “To infinity and beyond!” – and Lightning McQueen is certainly no exception. When we first meet the character in the first Cars movie, Lightning (Owen Wilson) is a brash, egotistical figure who loves posing for the press and paparazzi. Lightning becomes known for saying “Ka-Chow!” while he’s modeling for the camera, to the extent that rival racer Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton) attempts to put his own spin on the catchphrase. (Somehow “Ka-Chicka!” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.) In ​Cars 2, Lightning taunts his Italian rival Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) by plastering “Ka-Ciao!” on his rear license plate display.


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“I Knew You Couldn't Drive. I Didn't Think You Couldn't Read.” (Cars)

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Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) is the heart of the first Cars movie, and the character spends much of the film resenting Lightning McQueen because he sees himself in the flashy new arrival. The back-and-forth dynamic between Doc and Lightning is a big part of what makes great. The antagonistic nature of their initial bond eventually morphs into something resembling a father/son relationship. Before they get to that point, Doc has to take Lightning down a few notches – which he accomplishes by insulting the younger car at every opportunity. After Lightning ignores a sign that says "Keep Out" and enters Doc's garage, Doc responds by hitting Lightning with the above line –- which remains one of Doc's more piercing insults.


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“I'd Give My Left Two Lugnuts for Somethin' Like That!” (Cars)

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As the comic relief in 2006’s Cars, Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) is responsible for many of the film’s funniest lines. Mater is a friendly, big-hearted simpleton who takes an immediate liking to newcomer Lightning McQueen. Soon the beat-up tow truck is introducing his new friend to the finer pleasures of country living (including, of course, tractor tipping). When Mater discovers that Lightning is going to be spending time with Bessie, the town’s tarmac-laying machine, he expresses his jealousy by exclaiming the above line. Mater’s lack of intelligence becomes especially problematic for him in, as he is inadvertently drawn into a dangerous scheme involving secret agents and evil villains.


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“Being Killed By a Clock Gives New Meaning to ‘Your Time Has Come.’” ('Cars 2')

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Cars 2 introduces us to a new character named Finn McMissile (Michael Caine), who is a British intelligence agent that mistakenly believes that Mater is actually an American spy. Finn has clearly been modeled after James Bond, as the character behaves and talks in a manner that is purposefully similar to that of Ian Fleming’s iconic creation.

Late in the film, Finn and his assistant, Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer), are captured by the villains and tied up in the gears of an enormous clock in London. As the gears start moving, Finn realizes what is about to happen and delivers the above line. Of course, Finn is inevitably saved by Holley’s quick thinking.


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“Respect the Classics, Man! It's Hendrix!” ('Cars')

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In Cars, Fillmore (George Carlin) is a Volkswagen microbus from the 1960s that consistently urges his fellow citizens to shun gas from the big oil companies, as he has his own brand of organic fuel that comes in several different flavors. We're sure you get the joke.

Anyway, Fillmore’s Bohemian attitude is especially reflected in his decision to blast Jimi Hendrix’s cover of “The Star-Spangled Banner” over a traditional version, which prompts Sarge to exclaim, “Will you turn that disrespectful junk off?” Fillmore responds with the above line, with Carlin’s hilarious delivery enhancing its comedic effect.

Edited by Christopher McKittrick

Memorable Quotes From the 'Cars' Series (2024)


What is Lightning McQueen's most famous quote? ›

Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning.

What was Doc Hudson's famous quote? ›

Doc Hudson: I'll put it simple: if you're going hard enough left, you'll find yourself turning right. Lightning McQueen: Oh, right. That makes perfect sense.

What is the random quote from Cars? ›

Best Cars Quotes
  • “Ka-Chow!” — ...
  • “This grumpy old race car I know once told me something, 'It's an empty cup.'” — ...
  • “Oh, he's just a little bit shy, and he hates ya for killing his flowers.” — ...
  • “I knew you couldn't drive. ...
  • “There was a lot left in me. ...
  • “Because we are a town worth fixing!” —
May 26, 2021

What is the motivational quote from Cars 3? ›

Sally Carrera: Don't fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance!

What does McQueen say in Cars? ›

Before each race, Lightning McQueen says "Ka-chow!", "Focus. Speed. I am speed.", and "Uno".

What is Tow Mater's catchphrase? ›

One of his favorite activities is to go Tractor Tipping at night, as it's his favorite hobby. Mater's catchphrases are "Dad gum!", "If I'm lyin', I'm cryin'!", and "Git-R-Done!" (the last one being his voice actor's signature phrase). Mater is completely unique.

What is happy quotes Goldie Hawn? ›

The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are. People ask if I feel pigeon-holed by always doing the same kind of humorous role.

What did Doc Hudson say to Lightning McQueen? ›

deep, and hope it sticks."

What was Enzo Ferrari's famous quote? ›

If you can dream it, you can do it.

What does Doc say in Cars? ›

Doc Hudson: I'll put it simple: if you're goin' hard enough left, you'll find yourself turnin' right.

Does Lightning McQueen quote racing? ›

By the end of the film, McQueen seems to understand his speed limits, and decides to keep racing by training Cruz Ramirez, whom he realized has what it takes to be a racer. He temporarily took a break from racing and he trained Cruz Ramirez for sometime.

What is the main message of Cars? ›

The message in "Cars" is simplicity itself: Life was better in the old days, when it revolved around small towns where everybody knew each other, and around small highways like Route 66, where you made new friends, sometimes even between Flagstaff and Winona.

What is the message of Cars 2? ›

Expect a bit of mild language, including insults like "idiot" and "fool," as well as tame flirting between smitten cars. The movie's overall message of being true to yourself and loyal to your friends is coupled with an overt call for alternative fuel and environmentalism.

What is the quote about caring for Cars? ›

6. The more I take care of my car, the more it takes care of me. 7. The true beauty of a car isn't in the way that it looks, but in the way it makes you feel.

What are the most famous movie lines? ›

  • "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." Gone with the Wind (1939) ...
  • "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather (1972) ...
  • "You don't understand! I coulda had class. ...
  • "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz (1939) ...
  • "Here's looking at you, kid."

What is Lightning McQueen known for? ›

Lightning McQueen is the face of the Cars brand, and he is a popular mascot for Disney. Lightning is a professional racer in the Piston Cup racing series, which emulates the NASCAR Cup Series, and acquires several Piston Cup victories during his career.


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