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Strip "The King" Weathers
General Information
Gender

Male

Color

Blue

Eye Color

Brown

Occupation

Former Piston Cup race car
Cal Weathers' crew chief[1]

Aliases

The King
Old Daddy Rabbit (Lynda Weathers)
Old Man (Chick Hicks)
Mr. The King (Lightning McQueen)

Series Information
First Appearance

Cars

Performer

Richard Petty

"This ain't a one-man deal, kid. You need to wise up and get yourself a good crew chief and a good team."
Strip Weathers advising Lightning, Cars

Strip Weathers, known by most as The King, is a seven-time Piston Cup champion who possessed the Dinoco sponsorship prior to retiring after the 2005 season.

History

Cars

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Strip leading the race.

In Cars, when Darrell Cartrip and Bob Cutlass are introducing The King, Chick Hicks, and Lightning McQueen to the audience, they describe Weathers as having been "Dinoco's golden boy for years" and speculate on whether or not he will be able to pull off one last victory in the final race of his career.

As Lightning knows that Strip and Chick are both threats to his success, he decides to continue racing while all of the other racers are taking pit stops. This decision ultimately causes both of his rear tires to blow out during the final lap, leaving Lightning struggling to reach the finish line, with both Weathers and Hicks catching up to him. The race results in the first three-way tie in Piston Cup history, leaving the audience stunned and excited. A tie-breaker race is set to be held at the Los Angeles International Speedway, which will determine who receives the Piston Cup trophy.

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The King gives Lightning advice.

After the race, Lightning is approached by Weathers, who compliments him on his skill, but insults Lightning's arrogance in not changing his tires. While The King is giving him advice, McQueen begins to daydream about winning the Dinoco sponsorship, and becoming a celebrity. Immediately after, the three cars make their way to the winner's circle, where confetti is launched and the audience cheers.
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The King's wreck, as seen on the big screen.

At the race in Los Angeles, Lightning has a considerable lead on the other two racers in the final lap, but Chick, who is frustrated of constantly placing behind The King, performs a PIT maneuver on Weathers, causing him to spin out of control and into the field, receiving heavy damage in the process. As Lightning notices this on the big screen above him, he comes to a complete stop in front of the finish line, allowing Chick to pass and win the race. The stadium watches in silence and confusion as Lightning reverses into the field, and pushes The King to the finish line, wanting him to be able to finish his final race.

McQueen's actions capture the attention of the audience, stealing the spotlight away from Chick, who is booed when he claims his trophy. Lynda Weathers thanks Lightning for what he did, and Tex Dinoco offers McQueen the Dinoco sponsorship for his good sportsmanship, but Lightning instead chooses to stick with Rust-eze.

Cars: The Video Game

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The King racing at Palm Mile Speedway.

In Cars: The Video Game, The King appears as a playable character in the arcade and versus game modes. He can be unlocked with 12,000 Bonus Points, but can only be used in Piston Cup races. Since Strip had retired prior to the events of the game, much of Darrell Cartrip's commentary revolves around remarks about Weathers' return to the race track.

Though he does not make a physical appearance in the game's story mode, Strip is mentioned during the cutscene for Palm Mile Speedway, in which Cartrip remarks about how with The King off the circuit, that means that Lightning and Chick only have each other as rivals now.

Disney Infinity

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The King racing against Lightning and Francesco in Disney Infinity.

In Disney Infinity, The King is one of the race cars that comes to Radiator Springs to compete in Luigi's international competition in the Cars Play Set, alongside the likes of Francesco Bernoulli, Chick Hicks, and more. Additionally, The King is one of the race cars that can be randomly selected to face the player in challenge races.

Preview videos for toys in the Cars Play Set, such as monster truck tires, will sometimes showcase The King using them. Since only the player has access to these toys, it is possible that Strip, like Finn McMissile, may have been intended to be a playable character at one point during the game's development.

Cars 3

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In Cars 3, Strip returns as a crew chief for his nephew, Cal Weathers, who is now the Dinoco racer in the Piston Cup.[1] He appears at the beginning of the film, sarcastically commentating on Cal's poor comeback to McQueen asking if he's having a carwash. He later appears at the end of the film at the Florida 500 with his nephew, when Tex offers Cruz Ramirez the Dinoco sponsorship.

General information

Physical appearance

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Official artwork of Weathers.

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.

Personality and traits

The King is kind and caring about others, much unlike Lightning McQueen's former persona. He enjoys the quiet of his home, and spending time with his wife, Lynda Weathers, and his friends, such as Luke Pettlework.

Powers and abilities

The King is one of the most well-known racers of all time, known for his seven Piston Cup wins, and being the racer chosen to sport the blue Dinoco paint job and logos.

Appearances

Profiles and statistics

Cars

  • ""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."
  • "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 bruises."

Cars: The Video Game

  • Stats
    • Speed: 5
    • Acceleration: 3
    • Handling: 4
    • Stability: 3

Portrayals

Gallery

For this subject's image gallery, see Strip Weathers/Gallery.

Quotes

  • "Hey, buddy. You're one gutsy racer." - Cars
  • "Thanks Junior, appreciate it." - Cars
  • "What are you doin', kid?" - Cars
  • "You just gave up the Piston Cup. You know that?" - Cars
  • "The Hudson Hornet was my inspiration." - Cars
  • "This ain't a one man deal kid. You gotta wise up, get yourself a good crew chief, and a good team." - Cars
  • "Alright, you're showing some smarts there." - Cars: The Video Game
  • "So you like to win, do you?" - Cars: The Video Game
  • "Good comeback, Cal." - Cars 3

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Polish Pan Król Mr. King
Ukrainian Пан Король Mr. King
Czech Pan Král Pan King
Portuguese Sr. Rei Mr. King
Russian Ченг"Кинг"Тюнинг Cheng"the King"Tuning

Trivia

  • 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.

References

Cars
Characters
Lightning McQueenDoc HudsonTow MaterSally CarreraSheriffLuigiGuidoFillmoreSargeRamoneFloLizzieRedStanleyTractorsFrankStrip WeathersChick HicksMackRusty and Dusty Rust-ezeTex DinocoFredMia and TiaLynda WeathersHarvSnot RodBoostDJWingoNot ChuckDexter HooverBessieJerry Recycled BatteriesAlbert HinkeyVroomaroundus BugusBarney StorminAl OftMinnyVanKori TurbowitzBob CutlassDarrell CartripBrianDan SclarkenbergKim CarllinsSkip RicterChukiJay LimoSvenChuck ManifoldMichael SchumacherAntonio Veloce EccellenteCostanzo Della CorsaMario AndrettiWinford Bradford RutherfordSage VanDerSpinClaude ScruggsGreg CandymanMurray ClutchburnRyan ShieldsLee RevkinsTodd MarcusBilly OilchangerChuck ArmstrongCrusty RotorRusty CornfuelAiken AxlerErnie GearsonKevin RacingtireFloyd MulvihillDavey ApexSlider PetrolskiBrush CurberRalph CarlowDirkson D'AgostinoManny FlywheelHaul InngasMisti MotorkrassEugene CarbureskiJames CleanairRuby OaksKevin ShiftrightDarren LeadfootMac iCarPonchy WipeoutJohnny BlamerDale Earnhardt, Jr.Rotor TurboskyGrayDinoco Crew ChiefLuke PettleworkDinoco GirlsChief ChickChick Hicks HaulerWide Chick PittyBruiser BukowskiTrunk Fresh Crew ChiefTrunk Fresh HaulerTrunk Fresh PittyEric RoadalesHugo FastNitroade Crew ChiefErnest B. RaykesPiccolo PerryLeak Less HaulerStacyEarl FilterMood Springs PittyMood Springs HaulerN2O Cola PittyRoman DunesShirley SpinoutNo Stall HaulerChief RPM"Petrol" PulaskiRPM HaulerOctane Gain HaulerDudley SpareOctane Gain Crew ChiefJerry DrivechainWells RunaboutSenior TraxNebekenezer SchmidtEasy Idle Crew ChiefEasy Idle PittyVitoline PittyVitoline HaulerBumper Save PittyVinyl Toupee HaulerSidewall Shine HaulerShifty Drug HaulerGasprin HaulerView Zeen HaulerCharlie CheckerRace Official TomTowMarco AxelbenderRichard Clayton KensingtonAxle AcceleratorMarlon "Clutches" McKayBernie BanksArtieBrian Fee ClampMarcoStu BopKathy CopterRon HoverChuck Choke CablesNelson Blindspot"Studs" McGirdleDash BoardmanHoomanHouser BoonBertTim RimmerAndreaMattiCora CopperOliver LightloadGilChet BoxkaarBen CrankleshaftPaul ValdezTimothy "Timezone" TruecoatMildred BylaneEdwin KranksDustin MellowsGretaHank "Halloween" MurphyValerie VeateNicky B.Marilyn StickersNick StickersDerek "Decals" DobbsPercy HanbrakesMilton CalypeerMiles "Meattruck" MaloneThe Convoy BrothersMiloJohnny and JamieWilmar FlattzBarry DieselBrad WinmilerDarla VandersonPolly PuddlejumperJ. Low LeeTrev DieselBudR.M.LarryElvisVernBenny BrakedrumCoriander WidetrackBrake BoydSyd VanDerKamperMarty BrakeburstMatthew "True Blue" McCrewKit RevsterDonna PitsJonathan WrenchworthsAndy VaporlockMichael SparkberJ. ShoesteerJapethCraig FasterSwift AlternetterBennie CaliperTimothy TwostrokeToddBertha ButterswagonClayton GentlebreezeDuff WrecksThe Autobahn SocietyAlphanumerosHamm CentercutBuzz Light CarWoodyFlikP.T. FleaP.T. Flea's Circus TroupeSulleyMikeYetiLeroy TraffikMurphyFrank "Pinky" PinkertonCharlie CargoT.J. HummerPattyLightning McQueen Pick Up FanJay W.Christina WheelandTurtle and Cubby
Places and Locations
Carburetor CountyRoute 66Radiator SpringsTailfin PassOrnament ValleyLuigi's Casa Della TiresRamone's House of Body ArtFlo's V8 CafeRadiator Springs CuriosTow Mater Towing & SalvageSarge's Surplus HutFillmore's Taste-InCozy Cone MotelGlenrio MotelRadiator Springs Drive-In TheatreRacing MuseumBudville Trading CompanyDoc's ClinicThe Oil PanLubeoramaPop N Patch Tire RepairMrs. PistonCarburetor Emporium RepairMuddy's MudflapsFoggy WindshieldCurb FoolsSparky's SparkplugsRusty BumperEatWimpy's WipersWheel Well MotelMotor Speedway of the SouthLos Angeles International SpeedwayInterstate 40
Items and Objects
Piston CupRust-ezeHTBDinocoLeak LessNitroadeRPMBudweiserNo StallOctane GainVinyl ToupeeGasprinTow CapTrunk FreshShiny WaxSidewall ShineRe-VoltingSpare MintTransberry JuiceN2O ColaView ZeenSputter StopVitolineTank CoatShifty DrugEasy IdleFaux Wheel DriveMood SpringsFiber FuelRetreadBumper SaveLil' Torquey PistonsRev-N-GoShifty DrugAppleTach-O-MintGask-Its
Voice Cast
Owen WilsonPaul NewmanBonnie HuntLarry the Cable GuyCheech MarinTony ShalhoubGuido QuaroniJenifer LewisPaul DooleyMichael WallisGeorge CarlinKatherine HelmondJohn RatzenbergerJoe RanftMichael KeatonRichard PettyDarrell WaltripBob CostasJeremy PivenJeremy ClarksonRichard KindEdie McClurgH. A. WheelerTom MagliozziRay MagliozziLynda PettyAndrew StantonDale Earnhardt, Jr.Michael SchumacherJay LenoMario AndrettiSarah ClarkMike NelsonJonas RiveraLou RomanoAdrian OchoaE.J. HolowickiElissa KnightLindsey CollinsLarry BentonDouglas KeeverTom HanksTim AllenBilly CrystalJohn GoodmanDave FoleyRodger BumpassArtie KempnerHooman KhaliliJess HarnellSonoko KonishiSheryl CrowJack AngelMichael BellBob BergenSusan BluAndrea BoerriesMarco BoerriesTorbin Xan BullockRichard CawoodScott ClarkKathy CoatesJennifer DarlingPaul EidingBill FarmerBrian FeeTeresa GanzelCraig GoodErik LangleySherry LynnDanny MannMickie McGowanLaraine NewmanTeddy NewtonColleen O' ShaughnesseyBob PetersonSteve PurcellA.J. Riebli IIIDan ScanlonStephen SchafferKen SchretzmannBob ScottMatt StaudtJim and Jay WardColette Whitaker
Crew
John LasseterJoe RanftDarla K. AndersonThomas PorterJorgen KlubienDan FogelmanKiel MurrayPhil LorinKen SchretzmannRandy Newman
Songs
Real GoneRoute 66Life is a HighwayBehind the CloudsOur TownSh-BoomFind YourselfMy Heart Would KnowOpening RaceMcQueen's LostBessieDirt is DifferentNew RoadTractor TippingMcQueen and SallyGoodbyePre-Race PageantryThe Piston CupThe Big Race
Cars: The Video Game
Characters
Lightning McQueenTow MaterSally CarreraDoc HudsonRamoneFloSheriffChick HicksWingoDarrell CartripThe KingCount SpatulaLuigiGuidoFillmoreSargeLizzieStanleyTractorsFrankMackMia and TiaSnot RodBoostDJAl OftFletcherGeraldEl GuapoPapoVinceSonnyLennyBarryTommy JoeBufordCletusJuddZekeLewisThe CripplerGinormousJoltsenMcCoyCortlandBashmanBanksHollisterSuregripHendersonMedfordMastersonRileyBuckLee Jr.ClarksonAikensZebTurnerGuenther
Events
Radiator Springs Grand PrixRadiator Cap CircuitLizzie's Postcard HuntSally's Sunshine CircuitTractor TippingDoc's Lesson: PowerslideDoc's ChallengePalm Mile SpeedwayBoostin' with FillmoreLuigi to the RescueNorth Desert DashSarge's Boot CampSarge's Off-Road ChallengeMotor Speedway of the SouthMater's Backwards LessonSheriff's ChaseSheriff's Hot PursuitRustbucket Race-O-RamaOrnament Valley CircuitSun Valley International RacewaySally's Wheel Well SprintDoc's Check-UpTailfin Pass CircuitMonster Truck MayhemDelinquent Road HazardsHigh Speed HeistLightning Strikes BackChick's ChallengeSmasherville International SpeedwayRadiator Springs GPTailfin Pass GPOrnament Valley GPLos Angeles International SpeedwayPit Stop ChallengeMater's Countdown Clean-UpMater's Speedy CircuitGhosting Mater
Techniques
PowerslideBoostJumpTilt
Further info
Beta elementsStaff
Disney Infinity
Playable Characters
Mr. IncredibleMrs. IncredibleSyndromeVioletDashSulleyMikeRandyJack SparrowHector BarbossaDavy JonesWoodyJessieBuzz LightyearWreck-It RalphVanellopePhineasAgent PLightning McQueenMaterHolley ShiftwellFrancesco BernoulliLone RangerTontoAnnaElsaRapunzelSorcerer's Apprentice MickeyJack Skellington
Non-Playable Cars Characters
LuigiGuidoFillmoreRamoneFloFinn McMissileChick HicksThe KingShu TodorokiCarla VelosoPace Car
Play Sets
The Incredibles Play SetMonsters University Play Set • Pirates of the Caribbean Play Set • Cars Play Set • Lone Ranger Play Set • Toy Story in Space Play Set
Power Discs
Series 1

Bolt's Super Strength • Fix-It Felix's Repair Power • C.H.R.O.M.E. Armor Shield • Pieces of Eight • Mickey's Car • Cinderella's Coach • Khan • Stitch's Blaster • Carl Fredricksen's Cane • King Candy's Dessert Topping • Sugar Rush Sky • Alice's Wonderland • Tulgey's Wood • Marlin's Reef • Nemo's Seascape • Rapunzel's Kingdom • Rapunzel's Birthday Sky • Dumbo the Flying Elephant • Astro Blasters Space Cruiser • Abu the Elephant
Series 2
Ralph's Power of Destruction • Dr. Doofenshmirtz Damage-inator! • Electro-charge • Star Command Shield • User Control • Pizza Planet Delivery Truck • Maximus • Headless Horseman's Horse • Flamingo's Croquet Mallet • Hangin' Ten Stitch with Surfboard • Mike's New Car • Frozen Flourish • Chill in the Air • New Holland Skyline • Victor's Experiments • Halloweentown Sky • Jack's Scary Decorations • Electric Mayhem Bus • Condorman Glider • Jolly Roger
Series 3
Chernabog's Power • Mickey's Sorcerer Hat • Violet's Force Field • Rapunzel's Healing • Angus • Phillipe • Calico's Helicopter • Cruella de Ville's Car • Tantor • Dragon Firework Cannon • Toy Story Mania Blaster • WALL-E's Collection • Buy 'N' Large Atmosphere • WALL-E's Fire Extinguisher

Cars 3
Characters
Lightning McQueenCruz RamirezJackson StormDoc HudsonSally CarreraTow MaterLuigiGuidoMackFillmoreSargeSheriffRamoneFloLizzieRedTex DinocoSterlingRusty and Dusty Rust-ezeSmokeyHamiltonLouise NashRiver ScottJunior MoonCal WeathersBobby SwiftMiss FritterArvy MotorhomeDr. DamageTacoJimboT-BoneAPBBlindspotPushoverTailgateCigalertFishtailBroadsidePattyBillPileupHigh ImpactFaregameAirboneSuperflyJambalayaLiabilityHit and RunToddRoscoeMr. DrippyDarrell CartripBob CutlassNatalie CertainChick HicksShannon SpokesAlbert HinkeyBrick YardleyPhil TanksonChip GearingsReb MeekerMurray ClutchburnPonchy WipeoutBuck BearinglyTodd MarcusRev-N-Go RacerTommy HighbanksDud ThrottlemanRex RevlerRalph CarlowJack DePostTerry KargasBrian SparkFloyd MulvihillParker BrakestonT.G. CastlenutDarren LeadfootErnie GearsonDirkson D'AgostinoJimmy CablesLane LockeDaniel SwervezRyan LaneyBubba WheelhouseChase RacelottTim TreadlessRich MixonCam SpinnerH.J. HollisEd TruncanHerb CurblerRookie RacersKurtRonaldGabriel"Jet" Robinson"Trick" QuizzlerStrip WeathersTractorsMaddy McGearPat TraxsonMorgan MartinsTiny LugsworthStu ScattershieldsHerb CurblerSweet TeaKris RevstopskiMillieRay ReverhamJeff GorvetteGale BeaufortCal Weathers' HaulerBobby Swift's HaulerMiles AxlerodRogerBudCraig Fäster
Cast
Owen WilsonCristela AlonzoArmie HammerLarry the Cable GuyBonnie HuntPaul DooleyCheech MarinRichard PettyKyle PettyChase ElliottDaniel SuárezRyan BlaneyDarrell Wallace Jr.Shannon SpakeRay EvernhamMike JoyJeff GordonDarrell WaltripKerry WashingtonNathan FillionLea DeLariaChris CooperMargo MartindaleIsiah Whitlock Jr.Junior JohnsonH. A. WheelerLewis Hamilton
Staff
Brian FeeKevin ReherDaniel GersonRandy Newman

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