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Performer: Richard Petty
Appeared in: Cars
Lynda Weathers: "Whatever happens, you're winner to me, you old daddy rabbit."
Strip Weathers: "Thanks, dear. We wouldn't be nothing without you."
—Strip Weathers and Lynda Weathers

Strip "The King" Weathers is a character in Cars.


He is a champion race car. In the Piston Cup Final he tied for first place with Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks so a tie-breaking race was scheduled. He races for the team "Dinoco". The King attempts to offer McQueen a dime's worth of free advice, saying it is the crew, not the racer, that wins races, but Lightning was too distracted to pay attention. After Hicks rammed The King, causing him to crash, McQueen has a moment of conscience and is fearful Weathers will be doomed to the same fate as Doc Hudson; thus McQueen forfeits his victory to aid Weathers.

"The King" Strip Weathers, has seen it all. From his humble beginnings on the Piston Cup circuit, to the glitzy sponsorship and media attention he has today, this seven time Piston Cup Champion is the winningest racecar in all of Piston Cup history. After a spectacular crash, The King looked pretty beat up, but rest assured he was back on his tires in no time flat! When you've been racing and crashing as long as he has, you can handle a few scrapes and dents...He's loved every second of his racing career, but truth be told, The King is ready for a slower pace. He's looking forward to more time with his queen, Mrs. The King."[1]



  • The King's design is based on Richard Petty's vehicle, a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with a 426 cubic inch (about seven liters) hemi engine. The Superbird was a heavily modified version of the Plymouth Roadrunner, specifically designed for stock car racing. Its radical design was later banned by NASCAR. The King features slightly bigger wheels and a shortened wheelbase - an edit only for the film to make the car more visually appealing.
  • In the Danish version, the King is voiced by eight-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen.
  • In the Finnish version, The King is voiced by Finnish two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen.
  • In the German version, he is voiced by Austrian three-time Formula One World Champion Niki Lauda.


The King: "Hey, buddy. You're one gutsy racer."
Lightning McQueen: "Oh, hey, Mr. The King."
The King: "You got more talent in one lug nut than a lot of cars has got in their whole body."
McQueen: "Really? Oh, that..."
The King: "But you're stupid."
McQueen: "Excuse me?"
The King: "This ain't a one-man deal, kid. You need to wise-up and get you self a good crew chief and a good team. And you ain't gonna win unless you got good folks behind you, and you let them do their job, like they should. Like I tell the boys at the shop..."
McQueen: A good team. Yeah."
The King: "If you figure that out, you just gonna be OK."
McQueen: "Oh, yeah, that.. That is spectacular advice. Thank you Mr. The King."
—The King and Lightning McQueen on their first meeting
Junior: "Hey, King! Good luck in your last race. You've sure been an inspiration to me."
The King: "Thanks, Junior. Appreciate it."
Mrs. The King: "Hey, be careful out there, OK?"
The King: "Yeah, ma'am."
—The King, Mrs. The King, and Junior, before The King's last race
The King: "What are you doing, kid?"
Lightning McQueen: "I think The King should finish his last race."
The King: "You just gave up the Piston Cup, you know that?"
McQueen: "Ah, this grumpy old race car I know once told me something: it's just an empty cup."
—The King and Lightning McQueen, as McQueen pushes The King to the finish line



  1. "Cars Finder" (supplementary material on Blu Ray Disc release of Cars). 2007. Blu Ray Disc. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2007.
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