What does Mater mean in Cars?
Mater takes his nickname from construction superintendent and die-hard NASCAR fan Douglas “Mater” Keever, who provides the voice of one of the RV’s watching the big race (“Well dip me in axle grease and call me slick!”).
What car is Mater in real life?
Mater – 1951 Chevrolet boom truck
He’s a little rusty but it’s clear he’s modeled after both the 1951 International Harvester tow truck and 1951 Chevrolet boom truck (same car). That truck was and is still used as a towing vehicle since it first came out.
Why is Tow Mater rusty?
When the Pixar crew first traveled down Route 66, the studio’s “story guru,” Joe Ranft, became inspired by a rusty old pickup truck he saw in a junkyard near Galena, Kan. That truck provided much of the template to the equally rusty and rickety Mater. […]