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Route 66 Association Hall of Fame & Museum

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Source: Ron Warnick

Fillmore, the VW microbus voiced by George Carlin in the film Cars, was unofficially inspired by Route 66 artist Bob Waldmire. Waldmire refused to lend his name for the film. He's a strict vegetarian, and he was bothered by "Cars" toys with his name on them would be in McDonald's Happy Meals. Waldmire lived a hippie lifestyle, driving up and down Route 66 in his own VW microbus (complete with a solar panel for supplemental power), and selling his intricate artwork. Waldmire died of cancer on Dec. 16, 2009. His microbus is currently displayed at the Illinois Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac.

Source: Ron Warnick

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