Thompson, Utah: Lightning McQueen and Scooby Doo Van

Vehicles made famous in cartoons are approximated in front of a gas station, gift shop and restaurant along the interstate (and we only care about the cars, not gas prices).

Papa Joe's gas station

Old Highway Cisco, Thompson, UT
Papa Joe's gas station. Just north of Moab, at the intersection of I-70 and Rt 191 west of Thompson.
June 2019: less cars reported. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Mystery Machine.

Lightning McQueen and Scooby Doo Van

Sure, the vehicles may be a little run down, and maybe this isn't the main point of your trip, but I hit it on the way from Grand Junction to Arches National Park and was not disappointed. Fantastic selection of all kinds of jerky!

[Steve Braun, 07/22/2021]

Cars car replicas.

Lightning McQueen and Scooby Doo Van

Don't plan to buy your gas here - it's marked way way up! Visited in June 2021.

[Julie, 07/06/2021]

Mystery Machine.

Scooby Doo Van

Probably should have read tips before pulling over. The only car still there is the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, and I've seen more impressive Mystery Machines driving down the highway. Gift shop looked interesting, but I was there to see funny cars for photo ops, not buy popcorn.

[Bryan, 06/18/2019]
Lightning McQueen and Scooby Doo Van

Total bust. You can now barely recognize Lightning McQueen and Sally and the Scooby Doo van is now non-existent.

[Eliza, 11/22/2018]
Lightning McQueen and Scooby Doo Van

Big Joe's is a great "tourist trap" and has some fun stuff. They have a great selection of custom gourmet popcorn - Crop Circle Popcorn They have opened a second building with an alien theme that they will be calling Badass Joe's and will carry selections of Jerky products from all over the US.

[Sumoflam, 05/08/2018]

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