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Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

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  • Recommend by: Pixargirl
  • Status: Most of the fanfictions she has written are finished. Only two are not as of 2014.
  • Synopsis: Very well written. Focusing more on Lightning and Sally romance stores and various character driven one-shots.
  • Pairing(s): Canon.


General Fics

Flat Out by Whipplefilter
  • Recommended by WhattheHelvetica3
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After Lightning crashes, he has most of his parts replaced and starts going through a major identity crisis in the process. The fic is mostly seen through Sally's perspective.
  • Comments: This one of a few fanfics that I find myself reading over again and again because it shows the amount of trust and love that Sally has with Lightning despite him going though an identity crisis. According to the author, the whole premise behind the fic revolves around the Scene in Cars 3 where McQueen just stares in perplex after Cruz says she doesn't see him anywhere. Also about what NASCAR does with wrecked cars which gives off some disturbing implications.

Four Times McQueen Didn't Cry (And the One Time He Did) by PixelEm

  • Recommended by The_Raven21/ViktoriaMagrey
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He didn't want to think about him. It was just too painful. However when he withheld the pain it only fought back with vigor, returning far more destructive than before. It was only when he let the pain take control that it finally freed him.
  • Comments: One of the most gut-wrenching recountings of Doc's death. Lightning's grief is portrayed very realistically in just five chapters. You'll need some tissues for this tremendous piece of writing that incorporates some really clever car-equivalents into its speech whilst punching you in the gut with an event you knew was gonna happen, but it somehow destroys your heart anyway.

Shipping Fics

I'll Meet You on Route 62 by Twilit Violet
  • Recommended by TheJayman49
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Mack has settled into a quiet life in Radiator Springs, but when a car from his past runs into him, literally, everyone in town feels the impact. MackxOC. Rated T for mild language, violence, and sensuality.
  • Pairing: Mack/OC
  • Comments: A story that focuses on an otherwise minor character, there's a lot of really good development here, from showing the downsides of Mack being a truck (plus showing that he gets lonely quite often) to reuniting and eventually falling in love with an old high school friend.

Cars: Down under by CarsWorldFan

  • Recommended by TheJayman49
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is 2014 and, surprisingly, Lightning is bored with the Piston Cup! So when he's invited to race in the Australian V8 Supercars Enduro Cup, he eagerly accepts the invitation without knowing quite what to expect. Will Lightning be able to take the heat of racing in Australia? Or will he quit halfway through?
  • Pairing: Lightning/Sally
  • Comments: I really like this story because of the deconstruction in it: McQueen becomes depressed when constantly winning in the Piston Cup has caused him to find it boring, to the point where he considers retirement because he finds no point to racing when all you ever do is win. Admittedly, the shipping portion is somewhat of a subplot, but it's still there.

Dark Fics

Rainbow Factory by nn0128n
  • Recommended by N8han11
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: "What do you want?" Wingo cowered under the angry sheriff's glare, before murmuring quietly. "I would like to file a Missing Persons Report."
  • Comments: An intriguing look at the VIN factories from Cars Race-O-Rama, and a horrifying look at the conversion process. Sadly, the fic is dead.

Back-up Plan by Mighty ANT

  • Recommended by BrightLight
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sarge never switched Mc Queen's fuel during the final Grand Prix race in London.
  • Comments: Interesting, and tragic, Cars 2 AU. Deals with the fallout of one final, fatal crash - caused by Allinol.

Crossover Fics

The Unexpected Rookie by Kenya Starflight
  • Recommended by TheMisterFree
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Lightning McQueen returns for his second Dinoco 400, little realizing that trouble is brewing in the form of a Decepticon menace... and a new rookie known as Hot Rod.
  • Comments: This is a really good fic, taking the Cars verse and fusing it with the the 1980s Transformers cartoon. Full of hilarious and awesome moments all around- both thanks to the citizens of Radiator Springs and their interaction with the Cybertronians. Also has a sequel, The Gathering Storm, where the Radiator Springs residents become Cybertronians to combat Megatron's own conversion of Chick Hicks and the Road Hazards, and their subsequent ruination of Radiator Springs.

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