Kan-O-Tex Service Station, Galena, USA

In Galena, Kansas, we found a lonely old tow truck that most folks would pass by without a second glance. Our Head of Story Joe Ranft, however, saw beyond the rust and broken-down parts — he saw the inspiration for the character Mater. They soon became kindred spirits. Joe gave Mater his warmth, his sense of fun, his humble and generous spirit, and his capacity to see — and bring out — the best in others. There’s a piece of Joe in every movie Pixar has ever made. But Joe truly was the heart of Cars.

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