Actor Allusion: Mater is basically a G-rated Larry the Cable Guy, with his voice pitched up a tiny bit. His lines "Get er done", and "I don't care who you are, that's funny right there", are taken straight from his stand-up routines.
I Coulda Been a Contender: Sort of. Doc did have a very sucessful career, holding the record for most wins in a single season. But after his wreck in '54, instead of returning to a hero's welcome he was labled finished and replaced with the next rookie in line.
Affectionate Nickname: "Stickers" for Lightning, originally to tease him about having stickers instead of headlights. In the second film, she still calls him this, even after he gets actual headlights installed.
Actor Allusion: During the credits, Mack is watching car-ified versions of previous Pixar films and points out how Hamm, P.T. Flea and Yeti all share the same voice actor (John Ratzenberger, who also voices Mack himself).
Pyrrhic Villainy: He wins the Piston Cup, but only because he caused The King to crash horribly and Lightning went back to help him. Chick doesn’t get his Dinoco sponsor like he dreamed and is booed off the stage at the cup presentation.
Voiced by: Stanley Townshend (Victor Hugo/Vladimir Trunkov) Brad Lewis (Tubbs Pacer) John Mainieri (J. Curby Gremlin)
The Alleged Car: All are modeled after some of the most notorious Alleged Cars of all time; besides Gremlin, Pacer and Yugo the Trunkovs are based on ZAZ Zaporozhets, the smallest and cheapest Soviet car.
Creator Cameo: Tubbs is voiced by Brad Lewis, one of the film's co-directors.
Tank Goodness: Although he is not a tank, Corporal Kim, who runs Parking Area 51, is a large, menacing military van.
Characters in Heavy Metal Mater
A Good Name for a Rock Band: Mater’s band was originally called “Mater and the Gas Caps”, but later chose the name “Heavy Metal Mater” when a pitty carrying a 1-ton weight came in after the recording session and asked “Where do you want this heavy metal, Mater?”
I'm Your Biggest Fan: There is a blue SUV who is constantly rooting for Mater in every wrestling match. He is first seen rooting for Ice Screamer, but eventually decides to root for Mater instead because of how successful he is.
Nice Guy: He goes out of his way to help a blinded Bulldog to land safely. This trait endears him to the other racers, who later donate parts to him after his near-fatal dive into the ocean.
Unfortunate Names: of the Phrase Name variety. Probably part of the reason that he entered the qualifying race under a cooler name, Strut Jetstream.
Voiced by: Stacy Keach
Vought F4U Corsair. The Skull and crossed wrenches insignia on his engine cowling is very similar to the skull and crossbones insignia of the US Navy Fighter Squadron VF-17 "The Jolly Rogers". Skipper also has "VF-17" stencilled on his rear fuselage.
Big Damn Heroes: Arrives just in time to pull Ripslinger off Dusty before he and his minions can bump Dusty out of the race.
He looks to be either an early North American P-51 Mustang, a Curtiss P-40, or a combination of the two. His design is based on "Ina: the Macon Belle", a P-51C Mustang flown by Lt Col Lee "Buddy" Archer of the 332nd Fighter Group (Tuskegee Airmen).
Broken Pedestal: Dusty admired him at first. Ishani also said that he was "once a great champion."
Hoist by His Own Petard: Dusty takes advantage of his habit of leaning toward the cameras as he flies toward the finish line, flying past him and winning the race.
Humiliation Conga: Not only does he lose the race, but, still reeling from the shock, he crashes into some portajohns. Covered in used oil, he is carted past the crowd and the cameras, and has to endure Roper's taunts about his stench.