The Humour of Radiator Springs

Disneyland Resort (CA, USA)

Have you ever seen the 2006 Pixar film Cars? Well, this is Radiator Springs: a cartoon village in the Disney California Adventure theme park, at an elevation of 160 feet (49m).

With a population of 12, some of the very best fraternities seem to be represented within its borders: the Knights of Combustion, the Loyal Order of Lugnuts, the Association of Cogs in the Machine, and the Downtown Radiator Springs Association.

Wait, wait, wait! What are they talking about?

Knights of Combustion, or Knights of Columbus?

Motto: In Service To One, In Service To All

The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic fraternal service organization, founded by the Venerable Father Michael J. McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882. Named in honor of the Christopher Columbus, it originally served as a mutual benefit society to low-income immigrant Catholics, and then developed into a fraternal benefit society with more than 1.8 million members dedicated to providing charitable services, promoting Catholic education and actively defending Catholicism in various nations. Membership is limited to Catholic men aged 18 or older.

Loyal Order of the Lugnuts, or Lions Clubs International?

Motto: We Serve

Lions Clubs International (LCI) is a secular service organization founded by Melvin Jones in 1917 with over 46,000 local clubs and more than 1.35 million members in over 200 countries around the world. It basically aims to meet the needs of communities on a local and global scale. It is open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.

Association of Cogs in the Machine, or Rotary International?

Motto: Service Above Self

Rotary International is a secular international service organization with 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide. Its stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.

For reference and more information: Knights of Columbus / Lions Clubs International / Rotary International


Paul M. Klimos