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"Speed. I am speed."

–Montgomery McQueen

Montgomery "Lightning" McQueen is one of the main characters Cars franchise, with the only exceptions being media based on the Planes series. He is a Piston Cup race car that has won 7[3] Piston Cups since his debut in the 2006 season. Montgomery resides in the small town of Radiator Springs in Carburetor County, where he has his own racing headquarters, as well as his own stadium. According to Brian Fee, he is 40 years old as of 2017.[4] That means he was born in 1977, therefore he is 43-44 years old in 2020.



In Cars, the film opens at the Motor Speedway of the South, where cocky and self-centered Montgomery is competing in the Dinoco 400 for the title of the Piston Cup champion. After a three-way tie between him, seven-time champion The King and consistent runner-up Chick Hicks, Montgomery makes a bet with Chick, where the first one to reach the tie-breaker race at the Los Angeles International Speedway wins. Desperate to win, Montgomery rushes to Mack, who forces him to make an appearance at his sponsor's tent, which Montgomery hates. Soon, the two are on the road, and Montgomery urges Mack to drive through the night, without resting. A sleepy Mack is later harassed by a gang of delinquents, who accidentally open Montgomery's trailer and unknowingly release him. Lightning wakes up in the middle of the highway, and quickly tries to catch up with Mack. However, after mistaking a Jerry Recycled Batteries for him, Montgomery figures his best option is to search for help on the Interstate. Montgomery rushes past a sleeping police officer named Sheriff, who chases him through the town. Scared, Montgomery accidentally rips up the road with a statue of the town's founder, which ultimately lands him in the town's impound. When he wakes in the morning, he discovers he is in the deserted town of Radiator Springs, where the embarrassed residents sentence him to community service, and make him fix the road by pulling a road paver named Bessie. Persistent of making it to Los Angeles before Chick, Montgomery first attempts to escape, but runs out of gas and is returned to the town, where he tries to fix the road quickly. The residents feel disrespected due to the rushed bumpy road, and Doc Hudson, the town's lawyer and doctor, challenges him to a road race, which Montgomery loses, due to lack of familiarity with dirt tracks. Though initially hesitant to affiliate himself with the townsfolk, Montgomery ends up making friends with the residents, particularly the absent-minded Mater, and the beautiful attorney Sally Carrera, whom Montgomery quickly gains a crush on. After learning of the history behind both the town and Doc Hudson, who was previously a famous dirt track racer, Montgomery finds Doc practicing out at Willy's Butte. Later, Montgomery finishes the road, and while the townsfolk originally think he left without saying goodbyes, Montgomery surprises the residents by arriving and asking for a new paint job and new tires. That night, while enjoying a "cruise" with the residents, the Press find Montgomery and take him away to the tie-breaker. At the race, Montgomery is surprised to see his Radiator Springs friends have arrived to serve as his racing team, and with the help of his team, especially Guido, who performs the quickest pit stop in Piston Cup history, Montgomery finds himself well ahead of Chick and The King. However, sick of constantly coming in second, Chick performs a PIT maneuver on Weathers, causing him to spin out and crash. When Montgomery remembers Doc's words about winning, Montgomery gives up his victory and instead decides to help Strip to the finish line, much to the happiness of the fans. Though Chick technically won the race, he is ignored and instead fans congratulate Montgomery. Montgomery decides to permanently establish Radiator Springs as his hometown, and the publicity sparks great interest in the town.

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Cars: The Video Game

In the Cars video game, written by Pixar and considered a continuation to the story and is cannon in the cars universe along with the rest of the in the rest of the cars video game series, Montgomery McQueen finds himself at the start of the next Piston Cup season. With the help of the citizens of Radiator Springs, Montgomery readies to start his quest for the Piston Cup, taking lessons in powersliding from Doc, boosting from Fillmore, and racing backwards from Mater. With his skills, Montgomery once again makes a championship run in the Piston Cup, much to the irritation of Chick Hicks, who hates him. Fearing his title is in jeopardy, Chick enlists the assistance of The Delinquent Road HazardsDJ, Boost, Wingo, and Snot Rod —the same rowdy cars who detoured Montgomery to Radiator Springs, to hijack Montgomery's racing gear from Mack on Interstate 40. Montgomery is able to retrieve the goods and bring the delinquents to justice before winning the next race, which sends Chick into a frenzy. Montgomery challenges Chick to a Grand Prix in Radiator Springs, followed by one more Piston Cup race in LA. Montgomery wins these events, taking the Piston Cup in his sophomore season. At the end, Montgomery, Mater, and Sally decide to take a celebratory trip across the country. When asked if he brought his trophy, Montgomery notes he did not, but left it in a good place, at Doc Hudson's clinic next to the legend's own three Piston Cups. Though Montgomery McQueen is still sponsored by Rust-eze, players are able to unlock Montgomery with a Dinoco paint job while playing as him in Story Mode, Arcade Mode,

Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales

Montgomery now serves as the deuteragonist in Mater's very own show.

The show begins with Mater telling Montgomery what he used to be and did in the past. However, Montgomery never believes Mater (as he wasn't there), and whenever he asks Mater if the stories really happened, Mater will always say, "Don't you remember? You was there, too!". Then, Mater continues the stories, including Montgomery's sudden participation. The episodes end with Mater leaves, often followed by the characters and/or references from Mater's stories, implying that the stories might be real.

Cars 2


In the sequel, Montgomery returns as the deuteragonist.

This time around, Montgomery is racing in the first ever World Grand Prix to determine who's the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours, and hilarious surprises.

Lightning in the sequel.

"Number 95 Montgomery McQueen is still a hotshot racecar, but his rookie days are past him. Now a permanent resident of Radiator Springs, Montgomery has become a bona fide worldwide celebrity as winner of four Piston Cups.

After his latest win, Montgomery returns home to enjoy life in the slow lane for a while with sweetheart Sally, best friend Mater and the rest of his Radiator Springs family. His off-season is unexpectedly cut short when Mater inadvertently prompts Montgomery t


o enter the World Grand Prix, a high profile, three-part exhibition race that will take him around the globe. {C With a fresh custom paint job and real, working headlights, Montgomery sets off to Japan, Italy and England with Mater in tow for the adventure of a lifetime. But competing against the fastest cars in the world tests more than his racing skills when Montgomery realizes his wide-eyed best friend may not be the pit chief nor ambassador he needs to navigate the unfamiliar international terrain."

Along the way, Montgomery realizes what Mater is: Not the perfect crew chief, and not the world's best spy, but his best friend. He searches for Mater and finally finds him on the race track, scared to take action. But Montgomery convinces his friend to continue his unfinished spy work. And in the end Montgomery decides to treat Mater better...and to start taking racing advice from him.

Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure

He appears in the first Cars level, where he is looking for a new car in his racing team, which is the player. But first, the player has got to try out, so he/she has to pass the Tow Mater Fancy Drivin' Challenge. Mater says that he designed the course specially so that only the best drivers in the whole world can finish it. Montgomery says that he's got great confidence, and that if Mater says you're good enough, that's good enough for him, before Mater says that it's what the Tow Mater Fancy Drivin' Challenge says, not himself. The player follows Mater through the course before in the ending cutscene, Mater says to the player that he/she is awesome, before Montgomery says that Mater's right and that was some of the best driving he's ever seen, before saying to the player that they're going to be a great addition to his team. Holley Shiftwell then appears saying that was a impressive display. Mater then introduces the player to Holley, explaining that she's his girlfriend. Holley then says that their friend, the player, would make an excellent racer, but an even better spy, and that they have a mission that is perfect for the player's speed and talents, before saying that is if Montgomery doesn't mind waiting, before Mater says that Montgomery can wait, before he asks Montgomery if he will. He then answers, "Well, who am I to interfere with British Intelligence?" He also becomes playable in the levels when the player collects 4 hidden Buddy Coins in each level in the hidden areas and heights.

Cars Land

Montgomery McQueen also appears in Cars Land with his girlfriend, Sally Carrera. They greet the theme park guests who board the cars on the ride, Radiator Springs Racers in which they act like sportscasters.

He can be seen driving through Radiator Springs in his World Grand Prix paint job. However, in Radiator Springs Racers, he is in his Cars paint job. He and Sally will welcome the theme park guests in the ride car to the race when you arrive in Radiator Springs, and either tell you to go into Luigi's Casa Della Tires or Ramone's House of Body Art for either a tire change or a paint refresh. After the race, he and Mater will congratulate the guests for winning. Mater says that "you beat Montgomery!" Montgomery replies to Mater and says he wasn't racing. Cruz Ramirez if you don't race!" There are other phrases used.

Cars 3

Montgomery McQueen returned in Cars 3 as the protagonist on which he tries to prove to be better than Jackson Storm who sacrificed his career to Cruz Ramirez who was better than Storm and became her mentor.



The Toys There are many different die-cast Montgomery McQueens. Here is the list of McQueens in the order of their release:


  • Montgomery McQueen
  • Dirt Track Montgomery McQueen
  • Dinoco Montgomery McQueen
  • Radiator Springs Montgomery McQueen
  • Cruisin' Montgomery McQueen
  • Bling Bling Montgomery McQueen
  • Tongue Montgomery McQueen
  • Bug Mouth Montgomery McQueen
  • Cactus Montgomery McQueen
  • Montgomery McQueen with Bumper Stickers
  • Tar Montgomery McQueen
  • Spin Out Montgomery McQueen
  • Impound Montgomery McQueen
  • Montgomery Storm Montgomery McQueen
  • Tumbleweed Montgomery McQueen


  • Montgomery's appearance bears very little resemblance to modern NASCAR sedans. He instead resembles a C6 Corvette, but using NASCAR technology.
  • Montgomery's two-tone design appears to be an homage to the C1 Corvette, complete with whitewall tires.
  • His Surname could be a reference to Hollywood Actor Steve McQueen especially since he loved fast cars and drives one in his films, Le Mans,Bullit and others.
  • The original design has a lot of differences:

    Mater as Montgomery McQueen in "Community Service"

    • There is a "57" instead of a "95" (This is mentioned somewhere else, don't remember.)
    • He has no logos or anything on him.
    • The spoiler is smaller.
  • In "Community Service", Mater took his body and stated that he "always wanted to be a race car". However, it turned out to be a nightmare Montgomery was having.

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