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In Cars, while Sally Carrera and Lightning McQueen are overlooking Radiator Springs from the Wheel Well Motel, Sally begins to recall Radiator Springs in its prime. Prior to the construction of Interstate 40, the town bustled with popularity, but the Interstate, which was more time efficient for those who were simply driving through, caused a decline in the town's popularity. Mildred Bylane was one of many who visited the town, and she is seen leaving Luigi's Casa Della Tires in a flashback.
"Mildred Bylane first passed through Radiator Springs in the summer of 1943 as part of a USO publicity tour. When she accidentally swerved into a bed of flowers, she found herself rescued by none other than the town's shyest resident - Red. When Mildred's job called her overseas at the end of the summer, she left Red a single rose to remember her by. To this day, he keeps her memory alive by caring for the descendants of that very flower."
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- According to Mildred's Car Finder bio, she is part of an organization called the USO. This may refer to the United Service Organization, a real-life program seeking to provide service to those who serve the United States.
- Her bio also mentions she met Red in 1943, despite Red being a mid-60s firetruck and she being produced in 1944.