The real-life places and people of Route 66 that inspired the Disney Pixar hit Cars are undeniably awesome…

Disney Pixar’s smash hit Cars made children (and adults) all over the world fall in love with the little town of Radiator Springs and the people, uh, we mean, cars that live there. What many who haven’t traveled Route 66 don’t realize, however, is nearly every bit of the movie is based on real places and people found along the Mother Road.

When director John Lasseter and his team were creating the first Cars movie, they went to great lengths to base as much of the movie off places people could actually visit if they just got off the highway- just like the main message of the movie.

Here are a few of the most notable places and people connected to the movie…