|Strip "The King" Weathers|
Former Piston Cup Racecar
- Lynda Weathers: "Whatever happens, you're a winner to me, you old daddy rabbit."
Strip Weathers: "Thanks, dear. Wouldn't be nothing without you."
- —Strip Weathers and Lynda Weathers
The King is a former racer.
"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. 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.
In Cars, The King tied for first place with Lightning McQueen and Chick Hicks in the Piston Cup final, so a tie-breaking race was scheduled in California. 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. At the race in Los Angeles, The King led for most of the time until Lightning used a trick from Doc Hudson to get onto the track after Chick rammed him onto the infield during the final lap. After getting frustrated that he wasn't going to win, Chick hits The King and sent him flying through the air above the infield and get damaged upon contact of the ground. McQueen, with a moment of conscience and is fearful that Weathers will be doomed to the same fate as Doc, helped him make it to the finish line, much to everyone's amazement.
Cars: The Video Game
In Cars: The Video Game, The King returns as a playable character. While retired, he is still an unlockable character for 12,000 bonus points in Piston Cup races. As a result, Darrell Cartrip's commentary lines include "It sure is nice to have Weathers back on the track!" He is only playable in the Piston Cup races in Arcade and Vs. Modes. Strangely, he doesn't appear in Story Mode. However, he was mentioned in the cutscene for Palm Mile Speedway where Darrell Cartrip says that it's now gonna be Lightning vs. Chick with the King retired.
His stats are 5 for speed, 4 for acceleration, 3 for handling, and 4 for stability.
The King is kind and caring about others, much unlike Lightning McQueen.
The King is painted Dinoco Blue, with the Dinoco sponsor and number "43". On his trunk, he has a giant, tall blue spoiler.
Strip is based on a 1970 Plymouth Superbird with a 426 ci hemi (about seven liters) engine, the same model Richard Petty drove. The Superbird was a heavily modified version of the Plymouth Road Runner, 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.
The King was a seven-time Piston Cup champion, before retiring.
- 1:55 Scale Diecast (regular, Damaged, with Piston Cup, with Metallic Finish)
- Micro Drifters
- Mini Adventures
- MEGA BLOKS
- Disney Store Diecast Line
- The King's crash seems to be a re-creation of Petty's real-life Daytona 500 accident in 1988 with the exception that it was not caused by a collision with another driver as in the movie. The bit which McQueen assists him to the finish line seems to be based on the 1976 incident, albeit by the pit crew.
- 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."
Lightning McQueen: "Really? Oh, that..."
The King: "But you're stupid."
Lightning McQueen: "Excuse me?"
The King: "This ain't a one-man deal, kid. You need to wise up and get yourself a good crew chief and a good team. You ain't gonna win unless you got good folks behind you, (his voice dwindles as McQueen looks towards the Dinoco stage) and you let them do their job, like they should. Like I tell the boys at the shop..."
Lightning McQueen: (to himself) "A good team. Yeah..."
The King: "If you figure that out you just gonna be OK."
Lightning McQueen: "Oh, (clears his throat) 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, man."
- —The King, Mrs. The King and Junior, before The King's last race
- The King: "What are you doin', kid?"
Lightning McQueen: "I think The King should finish his last race."
The King: "You just gave up the Piston Cup, you know that?"
Lightning McQueen: "Ah. This grumpy old racecar I know once told me somethin'. It's just an empty cup."
- —The King and Lightning McQueen, as McQueen pushes The King to the finish line
|Cars: The Video Game|