- "Fly away Stanley, be free!"
Immortalized as a statue outside the fire station, Stanley founded Radiator Springs in 1909 on the site of a natural spring. He established it as a place where travelers on Route 66 could stop for a well-earned rest. Although he had to ask Lizzie out a few times before she actually said yes, the pair became inseparable and got married. These days everyone salutes Stanley, and Lizzie has happy memories of him.
"The statue of Stanley marks the very spot where Radiator Springs was founded. As he was traveling west searching for a place to settle and make his fortune, Stanley stumbled upon a natural spring coming up from the earth. He stopped to fill his radiator and never left. Soon afterward Stanley met Lizzie, the love of his life, and together they founded Radiator Springs, which soon became a legendary resting spot for travelers making their way across Route 66."
Stanley is the departed patriarch of Radiator Springs and the deceased husband of Lizzie, depicted in the form of a bronze statue that stands at the end of Main Street in front of the Town courthouse. When Lightning McQueen accidentally wrecks Radiator Springs, he gets Stanley's statue caught in barbed wire and rips him off his pedestal. McQueen then tries to run, dragging the statue through the road, completely destroying it. The statue then gets caught in telephone wires, and gets pulled back trapping McQueen while landing back in his original spot. The statue appears to be black, with water coming out from the pedestal.
Time Travel Mater
Stanley appears in Time Travel Mater. This was the first time where Stanley had a role of being alive and having a voice.
Mater became a time machine and met Stanley in 1909. Stanley asked Mater if he would like a radiator cap, but Mater said no, so Stanley went to go find more customers. Mater realizes that if he does that, there won't be a Radiator Springs!
When Mater came back with Lightning McQueen, he removed his cap and called Stanley that there was a car who needed a cap, so Stanley came and gave Lightning a cap. Some other cars came, asking for caps. Stanley gave those cars caps and offered them to drink at the spring. Mater told Stanley to built a town "right next to this here radiator spring." Stanley decided to do that, and even name the town Radiator Springs.
In 1923, Lizzie comes and breaks down, so Mater gave her a tow. There, Lizzie seemed to be falling in love with Lightning, but she told Lightning to get out of the way, so that she could get to Stanley. Lightning introduced them to each other. Then Stanley helped Lizzie get a radiator cap.
A few years later, Lizzie and Stanley got married.
- A vehicle similar to Stanley is featured in the Pixar short Boundin'.
- Stanley resembles a steam car made by the Stanley Motor Carriage Company, the Stanley Steamer.
- Stanley is seen in a painting in the Radiator Springs Courthouse & Fire Department.
- Stanley would have appeared alive in an unmade Mater's Tall Tales episode, Backwards to the Forwards.
- In Time Travel Mater, it is shown that Stanley's license plate said SIOI.
- Even after his death, Stanley was able to save Radiator Springs by McQueen ripping up the road with his statue, which ultimately led to the town being put back on the map.
- John Michael Higgins would later go on to voice Cad Spinner in "Planes: Fire & Rescue."
- "Car Finder" (supplementary material on Blu-ray Disc release of Cars). 2007. Blu-ray Disc. Walt Disney Home Entertainment, 2007.