Everything at Disney has a story, this includes the areas and attractions at Disneyland as well. Long before Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, Radiator Springs was founded by Stanley, a Model T who was in need of water for his radiator in the desert of Ornament Valley. Stanley happened upon a spring, a Radiator Spring for which he used to operate his radiator cap retail business, and Radiator Springs was born, and thus Cars Land.
Deep in the queue of Radiator Springs Racers guests will find the original Radiator Spring in which this water tower is built next too. You can view photos of the spring on the Cars Land page of the June 11, 2012 Photo & News Report