Posted on Sun, May. 21, 2006
PREMIERE AT LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Pixar took time to detail 'Cars'
Researchers traveled to Detroit, across U.S. on historic Route 66
New York Times
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlot...te_motorsportsThe cars of "the animated Pixar film that premieres in Charlotte on Friday, were inspired by research expeditions to racetracks, styling studios and car shows.
Inspiration also flowed from the ruins of a Packard plant on East Grand Boulevard in Detroit and from the Detroit Institute of Arts, with its car-factory murals by Diego Rivera -- and from what's left of the legendary Route 66, an artery through the heart of the American Dream.
Highways historian Michael Wallis, a tour guide and author of "Route 66: The Mother Road," led the Pixar crew along Route 66.