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Cars on the Route, Galena

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It is this old garage on the old Route 66 in Galena, Kansas, where the director John Lasseter and Joe Ranft of Pixar “Cars” saw the rusty old tow truck that inspired the character “Tow Mater”. It’s a great place to stop by and enjoy the story with old gas pumps, food, and 66 collectibles. You can even enjoy its celebrity Tow Truck. Other inspirations for the film were also found in Galena such as parts of the city itself.
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  • Not really a fan of 'Cars' but this restored station was a treat to visit and we took some nice photos while the station was closed. Just down the street (after taking a right turn) heading to...  more »
  • We arrived for lunch around 2 but there was only one burger left (they only sell burgers, fries, and tots) so they directed us to the diner up the street. The cars are available year round, but the...  more »
  • For all Cars movie fans out there, you get to see first hand the actual garage and cars that inspired the movie. Very well set and maintained site with a small gift shop. Right on the main street of the town of Galena which is a classic small rural former mining town.
  • This was a fun stop on our route 66 trip. I can't speak to the cafe as it was not open when we arrived. Great location for photos and to stop

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