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Wacky Races (1968 TV series)

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Wacky Races
Created by
Written by
Directed by
Voices of
Narrated byDave Willock
ComposerHoyt Curtin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (34 segments)
  • Richard Allen
  • Milton Krear
Running time21 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 14, 1968 (1968-09-14) –
January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)

Wacky Races is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions for CBS on Saturday mornings.[1] The series features 11 different cars racing against each other in various road rallies throughout North America,[2] with all of the drivers hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer".[3] The show was inspired by the 1965 comedy film The Great Race.[4]

The cartoon had many regular characters, with 23 people and animals spread among the 11 race cars. Wacky Races ran Saturday mornings on CBS from September 14, 1968, to January 4, 1969, and in syndication from 1976 to 1982. Seventeen 20-minute episodes were produced, with each of them featuring two 10-minute segments.

The series spawned numerous spin-offs featuring Dick Dastardly through the years, the most similar in theme being "Fender Bender 500" in 1990.

In 2017, the series was remade as a reboot, airing on Boomerang. It aired only once on Cartoon Network on August 13, 2018.

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The cartoon revolves around several racers with various themes who are each allowed to use strange gimmicks to compete against other racers in many races across North America as the race announcer (voiced by Dave Willock) talks about the race while interacting with the racers.

The racers consist of:

  • The Slag Brothers, Rock and Gravel (vocal effects provided by Daws Butler and Don Messick), two cavemen that drive the Boulder Mobile (1); their car is made out of rock and the brothers (who talk in caveman-like gibberish but with occasional intelligible words) power it up by hitting it on both sides with their clubs and are also able to re-build it from bare rock, always using their clubs. Rock and Gravel have long body hair that covers their body except for their noses, arms, and legs.
  • The Gruesome Twosome, Tiny "Big Gruesome" (voiced by Daws Butler) and Bela "Little Gruesome" (voiced by Don Messick), who are monsters that drive the Creepy Coupe (2); their horror-themed car includes a small bell tower inhabited by a fire-breathing dragon, bats, ghosts, and other creatures. The Creepy Coupe's special booster is "dragon power," with the dragon acting as a RATO unit.
  • Professor Pat Pending (voiced by Don Messick), an inventor who drives the Convert-a-Car (3); he can transform his car into pretty much anything that moves.
  • The Red Max (voiced by Daws Butler), a Manfred von Richthofen-styled aviator who speaks with a German accent that drives car/airplane hybrid called the Crimson Haybaler (4); his vehicle is able to fly, although only for short distances in ground effect.
  • Penelope Pitstop (voiced by Janet Waldo), the lone female driver, in a 1930s racing costume that drives the Compact Pussycat (5); a Southern belle, Penelope seems more concerned with her looks than with racing and often gets herself into trouble. Nevertheless, she is a skilled racer.
  • Sergeant Blast (voiced by Daws Butler) and Private Meekly (voiced by Paul Winchell), two soldiers in an armored car/tank hybrid called the Army Surplus Special (6); the Sergeant uses "fire power" (i.e. shooting cannonballs from his turret) to temporarily boost power in the car.
  • The Ant Hill Mob, a group of dwarf gangsters led by Clyde (voiced by Paul Winchell) and is composed of him, Ring-A-Ding (voiced by Don Messick), Rug Bug Benny, Mac, Danny, Kirby and Willy, in the Bulletproof Bomb (7); they are sometimes preoccupied with getting caught by the police and are able to use "getaway power", which involves all the gangsters (except for Clyde) extending their legs through the bottom of the car and running.
  • Lazy Luke (voiced by John Stephenson), a barefoot hillbilly, and Blubber Bear (vocal effects provided by John Stephenson), a timid, cry-baby brown bear, in the Arkansas Chuggabug (8); Luke maneuvers the steering wheel with his feet and his car is steam-powered from an old rickety boiler. Blubber has been known to blow up a balloon and use it as an air jet for briefly increased speed.
  • Peter Perfect (voiced by Daws Butler), a gentlemanly racer in the Turbo Terrific (9); Peter is extremely strong, but also very vain, and he often boasts about the virtues of his high-tech race car – which regularly falls to pieces seconds after he praises it. He is fond of Penelope and often helps her out.
  • Rufus Ruffcut (voiced by Daws Butler), a lumberjack and his beaver companion Sawtooth (vocal effects provided by Don Messick) in the Buzz Wagon (10); their car, entirely made of wood, features four circular saw blades as wheels and Sawtooth is able to cut through obstacles (such as trees and other objects) at super-high speed.
  • Dick Dastardly (voiced by Paul Winchell), an archetypal mustache-twirling villain and his wheezily snickering dog Muttley (voiced by Don Messick) in the Mean Machine (00); their sinister vehicle is a purple, rocket-powered car with an abundance of concealed weapons and the ability to fly. Dastardly's usual race strategy revolves around using the Mean Machine's great speed to get ahead of the other racers and then setting a trap to stop them and maintain the lead, but most of his plans backfire, causing him to fall back into last place. As a result, Dastardly is the only racer who not only never wins, but never even finishes in the top three in any race. In the opening title sequence, Dastardly attempts to stall the racers by chaining their cars to a pole, but then he accidentally shifts his car into reverse, bumps into and breaks the pole and frees the others as the race begins. In the closing credits after the narrator stops the other racers in the middle of a race upon remembering that it starts the following week, Dastardly plots to cheat by starting before the next race, only for the words "The End" to appear in rock form above his car, fall, and crush it. As Dastardly cries out "Drat! Drat! And double drat!" (which he often says after most of his schemes have backfired), Muttley snickers over what just happened (during reruns on syndicated TV, the dialogue during the closing credits is muted while the ending theme and sound effects remain intact). The only times Dick Dastardly came close to winning in one episode was when it was discovered that the front tip of his car stretched out and they made the second place holder Penelope Pitstop the winner of the race. The other in 'Seesaw to Arkansas' involved a photo finish between four cars, including the Mean Machine, only for Dastardly to stop to have his picture taken before crossing the finishing line, ending the race 4th overall.

Voice cast


No.TitleOriginal air dateProd.
1a"See-Saw to Arkansas"September 14, 1968 (1968-09-14)35–1
The Wacky Racers undertake a grueling zig-zag race to Mustard Spread, Arkansas. Also, the Ant Hill Mob escapes a pursuing police officer by donning disguises as the Seven Dwarfs.
1b"Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist"September 14, 1968 (1968-09-14)35–2
The Wacky Racers encounter ghosts in the abandoned town of Spookane on the way to Lemon Twist, Nevada.
2a"Why Oh Why Wyoming"September 21, 1968 (1968-09-21)35–3
The Wacky Racers roar across the desert, dashing toward Rock Springs, Wyoming. Meanwhile, Dick Dastardly teams up with Indian chief Crazy Buffalo in an attempt to stop the racers in their tracks.
2b"Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock"September 21, 1968 (1968-09-21)35–4
At Yellow Rock Park whilst racing toward Well Digger, Wyoming, Dastardly attempts to disguise the Old Faithful geyser as part of the road, and later tries to ensure that Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear do not leave the park together after discovering that the park's bears keep trying to escape.
3a"Mish Mash Missouri Dash"September 28, 1968 (1968-09-28)35–6
Dastardly discovers an irate hillbilly determined to protect his land from trespassers—including the Wacky Racers!
3b"Idaho a Go Go"September 28, 1968 (1968-09-28)35–5
The racers embark on a lap to a little town in Idaho, while Dastardly tries to entrap Penelope Pitstop with a "Little Red Riding Hood" ploy.
4a"The Baja-Ha-Ha Race"October 5, 1968 (1968-10-05)35–11
In Mexico, Dick Dastardly and Muttley try to slow the other drivers by using a herd of cow-shaped balloons to block the road and later try to keep them stuck in a mudhole.
4b"Real Gone Ape"October 5, 1968 (1968-10-05)35–8
Dick Dastardly hypnotizes a giant gorilla in an attempt to win the race.
5a"Scout Scatter"October 12, 1968 (1968-10-12)35–7
The Ant Hill Mob escapes the police by posing as Wood Scouts.
5b"Free Wheeling to Wheeling"October 12, 1968 (1968-10-12)35–10
Dick Dastardly makes use of heavy machinery to stop the Wacky Racers.
6a"By Rollercoaster to Upsan Downs"October 19, 1968 (1968-10-19)35–9
The Wacky Racers travel by roller coaster when Dick Dastardly diverts them into a closed amusement park.
6b"The Speedy Arkansas Traveller"October 19, 1968 (1968-10-19)35–12
Racing to Noah's, Arkansas, Dastardly and Muttley hilariously pose as army officers to harass the Army Surplus Special, but find themselves scrambling from actual army officers!
7a"The Zippy Mississippi Race"October 26, 1968 (1968-10-26)35–15
Dastardly diverts the rest of the racers onto a Mississippi riverboat. He then tricks a Southern colonel into thinking the other racers are Yankee trespassers.
7b"Traffic Jambalaya"October 26, 1968 (1968-10-26)35–17
From Ankle Ache, Alabama to Shin Splint, Louisiana. Dastardly uses more tricks to slow down the other racers including switching road signs and laying down a bouncy road. He also sends several racers into searching for a "harmless" gorilla, who is actually Dastardly in disguise, at a wild animal park.
8a"Hot Race at Chillicothe"November 2, 1968 (1968-11-02)35–16
On the way to Chillicothe, Ohio, Dastardly steals a police car and chases the Ant Hill Mob into a baseball park. Then in order to evade the police officer, they play a game in the Itty-Bitty League. Some of the other racers join in.
8b"The Wrong Lumber Race"November 2, 1968 (1968-11-02)35–18
From Sawdust, Saskatchewan to Short Stump, Oregon, in the rugged lumber country, Dick Dastardly tries to use falling trees and spinning saw blades to stop the racers.
9a"Rhode Island Road Race"November 9, 1968 (1968-11-09)35–19
On the way to Rocky Road, Rhode Island, they go into a big city. Dastardly diverts the Boulder Mobile and the others onto a construction site and they end up in the girders of an unfinished skyscraper.
9b"The Great Cold Rush Race"November 9, 1968 (1968-11-09)35–13
From Frostbite, British Columbia to Cold Cuts, Quebec, on a trans-Canadian race, Dastardly disguises himself as an Abominable Snowman.
10a"Wacky Race to Ripsaw"November 16, 1968 (1968-11-16)35–20
From Elbow Grease, Ohio to Ripsaw, Arkansas. To prevent Penelope from coming in first place, Dastardly creates a roadside beauty parlor to lure her into stopping and later literally jacks up the Army Surplus Special after diverting them into a garage.
10b"Oils Well That Ends Well"November 16, 1968 (1968-11-16)35–21
From Oil Can, Oklahoma to Grease Gun, Texas. The Wacky Racers are once again beset by Dick Dastardly's deviously dirty tricks as they race across oil drilling country.
11a"Whizzin' to Washington"November 23, 1968 (1968-11-23)35–22
On the way to Tubba, Washington. When the Ant Hill Mob zooms past Dick Dastardly, he directs a police officer to chase them, whereupon the Mob disguise themselves as trapeze artists.
11b"The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby"November 23, 1968 (1968-11-23)35–24
From downtown Death Valley to uptown Dune Town, the Wacky Racers make their way across the desert country. Dick Dastardly finds a genie in a bottle and tries to use his powers to win the race.
12a"Eeny, Miny Missouri Go!"November 30, 1968 (1968-11-30)35–14
The racers head to Eeny, Miny, Missouri. Dick Dastardly plots to have an aquarium whale swallow the rest of the contestants!
12b"The Super Silly Swamp Sprint"November 30, 1968 (1968-11-30)35–23
From Sappysota Springs to Squishy Squash City. Dastardly and Muttley unleash a squadron of mechanical mosquitoes to wreak havoc on the other cars. He later dresses as an alligator.
13a"The Dopey Dakota Derby"December 7, 1968 (1968-12-07)35–27
Speeding from Cactus City to Gopher Gulch in the Badlands, Dick Dastardly disguises himself as "Deadweed Dick," an outlaw that he sees on a Wanted poster that looks much like him.
13b"Dash to Delaware"December 7, 1968 (1968-12-07)35–26
Speeding to Wott-Will, Delaware, Dick Dastardly sprays cake icing on the road, sending Penelope Pitstop and Peter Perfect into a bakery, where he turns them into wedding cake toppers.
14a"Speeding for Smogland"December 14, 1968 (1968-12-14)35–28
During the race, Dick Dastardly lures the other racers toward a castle façade for a King Arthur movie, hoping to drop the portcullis on one of them.
14b"Race Rally to Raleigh"December 14, 1968 (1968-12-14)35–25
Dick Dastardly lures the other racers onto a farm, where chaos ensues.
15a"Ballpoint, Penn. or Bust!"December 21, 1968 (1968-12-21)35–30
Speeding toward Ballpoint, Pennsylvania, Dick Dastardly sets up a fake train crossing, but the train comes out of the screen and runs over him.
15b"Fast Track to Hackensack"December 21, 1968 (1968-12-21)35–29
Speeding to Hackensack, New Jersey, Dick Dastardly changes a speed limit sign so The Ant Hill Mob are arrested by the sheriff of a town called Law and Order for speeding.
16a"The Ski Resort Road Race"December 28, 1968 (1968-12-28)35–33
Speeding from Mush-Mush, Michigan to Iceandsnow, Idaho, Dick Dastardly causes an avalanche. He uses a ski jump for his own getaway, but the other cars follow him.
16b"Overseas Hi-Way Race"December 28, 1968 (1968-12-28)35–34
Speeding across a series of bridges from Key Largo to Key West, Florida, Dick Dastardly tries to blow the other racers off course by using a giant wind machine to create an artificial hurricane.
17a"Race to Racine"January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)35–31
Speeding to Racine, Wisconsin, Dick Dastardly uses various tactics such as blinding Penelope Pitstop with a camera flash and using a large mechanical eggbeater to turn the Army Surplus Special the wrong way.
17b"The Carlsbad or Bust Bash"January 4, 1969 (1969-01-04)35–32
Dick Dastardly digs a pit to trap some drivers, Penelope Pitstop powders her nose and blinds Red Max, and the Turbo Terrific speeds into first place. Dastardly tries to overheat The Arkansas Chug-a-Bug, but it just propels itself into first place from the extra steam. Dastardly has Muttley place a fake "Bridge Out" sign to stop the racers, but Dastardly discovers too late that the bridge really is out. At Carlsbad Caverns, Dastardly attacks them with a caveman and a boulder, but Professor Pat Pending cues it back at him as the other racers make it out.

Race results

The show gave the results of each race at the end of each episode (the first, second, and third placings are given by the narrator, and the narrative sometimes saw some or all of the other cars cross the finish line) as well as what happened with Dick Dastardly after his last scheme's failure. The show never indicated a particular scoring system or way to determine who won the Wacky Races as a whole. The cumulative totals for first-, second-, and third-place finishes for each contestant are presented below:[5]

Contestants Car name Car no. 1st 2nd 3rd Top 3
The Slag Brothers The Boulder Mobile 1 3 8 3 14
Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth The Buzzwagon 10 3 6 4 13
The Gruesome Twosome The Creepy Coupe 2 3 3 6 12
The Ant Hill Mob The Bulletproof Bomb 7 4 5 2 11
Penelope Pitstop The Compact Pussycat 5 4 2 5 11
The Red Max The Crimson Haybaler 4 3 4 3 10
Professor Pat Pending The Convert-A-Car 3 3 2 5 10
Lazy Luke and Blubber Bear The Arkansas Chuggabug 8 4 1 4 9
Peter Perfect The Turbo Terrific 9 4 2 2 8
Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly The Army Surplus Special 6 3 1 0 4
Dick Dastardly and Muttley The Mean Machine 00 0 0 0 0
Grand totals 34 34 34 102


1. The Boulder Mobile 2. The Creepy Coupe 3. The Convert-A-Car 4. The Crimson Haybaler 5. The Compact Pussycat 6. The Army Surplus Special 7. The Bulletproof Bomb 8. The Arkansas Chuggabug 9. The Turbo Terrific 10. The Buzzwagon 00. The Mean Machine
1a See-Saw to Arkansas 2nd 1st 3rd 4th
1b Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist 2nd 1st 3rd DQ
2a Why Oh Why Wyoming 2nd 1st 8th 7th 6th 5th 10th 3rd 9th 4th 11th
2b Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock 5th 3rd 7th 10th 9th 6th 4th 1st 8th 2nd
3a Mish-Mash Missouri Bash 3rd 1st 4th 2nd
3b Idaho a Go-Go 1st 3rd 2nd
4a The Baja-Ha-Ha Race 1st 5th 4th 3rd 7th 6th 2nd 9th 8th 10th 11th
4b Real Gone Ape 9th 5th 7th 2nd 6th 1st 4th 10th 8th 3rd
5a Scout Scatter 2nd 4th 3rd 5th 1st
5b Free Wheeling to Wheeling 5th 4th 6th 3rd 7th 1st 2nd
6a By Rollercoaster to Upsan Downs 2nd 1st 3rd
6b The Speedy Arkansas Traveler 1st 4th 2nd 3rd
7a The Zippy Mississippi Race 7th 6th 5th 8th 3rd 10th 2nd 9th 1st 4th
7b Traffic Jambalaya 3rd 1st 2nd
8a Hot Race at Chillicothe 3rd 2nd 1st
8b The Wrong Lumber Race 9th 3rd 6th 8th 7th 4th 2nd 10th 5th 1st
9a Rhode Island Road Race 2nd 1st 3rd
9b The Great Cold Rush Race 4th 5th 1st 7th 3rd 2nd 6th 8th 11th
10a Wacky Race to Ripsaw 3rd 2nd 1st
10b Oils Well That Ends Well 10th 6th 1st 4th 5th 2nd 9th 7th 8th 3rd 11th
11a Whizzin' to Washington 7th 5th 2nd 6th 4th 3rd 1st
11b The Dipsy Doodle Desert Derby 4th 3rd 5th 1st 2nd
12a Eeny, Miny Missouri Go! 5th 1st 3rd 2nd 4th
12b The Super Silly Swamp Sprint 5th 4th 3rd 1st 6th 2nd
13a The Dopey Dakota Derby 9th 8th 2nd 3rd 4th 6th 1st 5th 7th 10th
13b Dash to Delaware 3rd 1st 2nd
14a Speeding for Smogland 2nd 3rd 1st 4th
14b Race Rally to Raleigh 2nd 4th 5th 1st 3rd
15a Ballpoint, Penn. or Bust! 4th 9th 10th 2nd 1st 8th 3rd 7th 5th 6th
15b Fast Track to Hackensack 2nd 3rd 1st
16a The Ski Resort Road Race 8th 9th 3rd 5th 7th 1st 10th 6th 4th 2nd
16b Overseas Hi-Way Race 2nd 8th 6th 5th 3rd 9th 4th 10th 1st 7th
17a Race to Racine 2nd 1st 3rd 10th 4th 6th 9th 7th 5th 8th
17b The Carlsbad or Bust Bash 3rd 6th 2nd 1st 4th 5th

Spin-offs and similar series

Penelope Pitstop and the Ant Hill Mob were spun off into another cartoon series in 1969 titled The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. In the same year, Dick Dastardly and Muttley were given a spin-off series titled Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. The series is sometimes mistakenly known as Stop the Pigeon, after the show's working title and theme song. Both series ran for a season each.

In 1977, Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels was produced. The titular Captain Caveman was modeled after the Slag Brothers.

In 1990, a cartoon segment in Wake, Rattle and Roll named Fender Bender 500 was produced. The show follows the same premise as Wacky Races, taking place on a World Tour instead of in the United States. Only Dick Dastardly was retained from the original cast; all the other racers are from other Hanna-Barbera shows such as "Yogi Bear" and "Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy". Unlike the Wacky Races, Dick Dastardly and Muttley actually won some races.

In 2006, the pilot for a spin-off series titled Wacky Races Forever was produced for Cartoon Network.[6] The series depicted a roster of both new and returning racers competing against each other. Penelope Pitstop and Peter Perfect had married and created Perfect Industries, the corporate sponsor of the new Wacky Races, whereas their children Parker and Piper competed in the race. Other characters included the Slag Brothers, Professor Pat Pending (depicted here with a mad scientist personality), a teenage version of the Gruesome Twosome, and Dick Dastardly and Muttley (working for a new villain named Mr. Viceroy, who sought to steal Perfect Industries). The series was not picked up by Cartoon Network.

In 2016, DC Comics launched a comic series called Wacky Raceland. It was a dark and gritty reimagining of the series set after the Apocalypse in a similar vein to the Mad Max franchise.[7] The comic ran for six issues from May to December 2016.

A reboot—also produced by Hanna-Barbera—was released on Boomerang's SVOD service in 2017.[8] It also aired on the Boomerang channels around the world starting later in the year.[9]

On June 15, 2022, it was announced a stop-motion Wacky Races series produced by Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe was in production and would have aired on Cartoon Network.[10] The project was later cancelled with only a short pilot being completed.[11]


Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe

Scoob! (2020)

Dick Dastardly (voiced by Jason Isaacs) and Muttley (voiced by Billy West and archived laugh recordings Don Messick) made an appearance as the main villains in the animated Scooby-Doo feature film, Scoob!, released on May 15, 2020. Rock and Gravel Slag made cameo appearances during the prehistoric gladiator scene.[citation needed] Various drawings of the Wacky Racers cameo on Dick Dastardly's prison cell on the wall during the credits.[citation needed] Penelope Pitstop was to appear physically as a main character interacting with Scooby and Shaggy according to concept art, but she instead makes a brief cameo on a video game cabinet themed around her.[citation needed]

In 2018, an animated film based on Wacky Races was reported to be in development by Warner Animation Group.[12]

Video games

The main plot of Wacky Races, in which characters racing on unusual fictional vehicles and using various over-the-top "weapons" to hinder their opponents, would later go on to inspire the kart racing video game genre in the 1990s. Wacky Races eventually has its own video game series since 1991, preceding Nintendo's Super Mario Kart, which was considered as the foremost game of this kind. Various video games based on the series have been produced.

In 1993, Sega released a medal game based on the series, exclusively in Japan. It was a racing game, but the outcome of the race depended entirely on luck. The PS2 game Wacky Races: Starring Dastardly and Muttley is notable for allowing players to have Dick Dastardly finally win a race. The narrator is taken aback or disgusted and Dastardly is happy and surprised at winning a race.[13] In 2007, Heiwa released a pachinko game titled Kenken Aloha de Hawaii.[14] Later in 2007, another game called Wacky Races: Mad Motors for the PlayStation 2 was released by Blast Entertainment on June 12. A new video game for the Wii and Nintendo DS consoles titled Wacky Races: Crash and Dash was released on June 27, 2008. This game was developed by Eidos.[15] In 2009, another arcade game was released by Banpresto, which was a more traditional racing game. It ran on the Taito Type X2, and was released internationally by Gamewax.


Konami releases a 11 candy toy figures based on the animated series Wacky Races.

Home video

A three-disc DVD release of the complete series was made available in Japan on August 10, 2001, and had both English and Japanese audio. In Great Britain, Warner released a three-disc set with no extra features, which was only available in Virgin Megastores. The complete box set of Wacky Races was released on July 31, 2006, as an HMV exclusive but is essentially the standard Volumes 1–3 with no extras. The Australian release of Volume 1 and 2 was made available in 2005 and Volume 3 released in 2007.

Warner Home Video released the entire series, with commentaries and other extras, in a DVD box set on October 19, 2004.

A two-and-a-half-hour VHS video was made available in 1996.

All 34 episodes can be purchased on the iTunes Store.

DVD name Episode # Release date Additional information
Wacky Races: The Complete Series 34 October 19, 2004

On February 14, 2017, Warner Archive re-released Wacky Races: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna-Barbera Classic Collection as a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release.[16]

The cars and characters in other media

Life-size working replicas of the vehicles have been built in the U.K. (where the show was very popular) and appear annually at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with new additions each year. The year 2008 saw the last of the cars (the Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb #7) added to the collection, making a complete set.[17]

The Digimon Frontier episode "Trailmon vs. Trailmon" paid tribute to the show.

In 2006, the car manufacturer Vauxhall launched a television commercial for the British market, parodying Wacky Races with a similar setup featuring Corsa cars. The commercial made several references to the cartoon as well as utilizing the show's theme music and Muttley's iconic snicker.[18]

The English adult comic Viz had a one-off parody strip called "Wacky Racists" with David Irving as Dick Dastardly, Unity Mitford as Penelope Pitstop, Eugène Terre'Blanche as Lazy Luke, Oswald Mosley as Muttley, and comedian Bernard Manning in the "Fatcuntmobile".[19]

In 2013, the car manufacturer Peugeot launched a TV commercial for the Brazilian market (and later used in Spain and Turkey), featuring the cartoon characters in a real-life universe.[20][21]

Wacky Races was also seen in the South Park episode "Handicar".

Dick Dastardly and Muttley made a cameo in the Uncle Grandpa episode "Uncle Grandpa Retires".

The Buzz Wagon appeared in the OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes episode "Crossover Nexus".

Dick Dastardly, Muttley, and Penelope Pitstop appear in Space Jam: A New Legacy as part of the spectators of the big game, and Penelope is the Compact Pussycat the whole time. Dastardly and Muttley also appear in their Scoob! forms.

The Army Surplus Special appeared in the Jellystone! episode "My Doggie Dave".

See also


  1. ^ "Wacky Races – The Complete Series". DVD Talk. Archived from the original on December 27, 2022. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  2. ^ Only three of the 34 rallies took place outside the Contiguous United States: one entirely in the Baja California peninsula; one across a substantial portion of Canada evidently along or near the Trans-Canada Highway; and one across the Canada-U.S. border from Saskatchewan to Oregon.
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