The Wacky Races

The Wacky Races
CBS - Premiered 9-14-68

Dick Dastardly Inspired by such movies as Monte Carlo or Bust and The Great Race, these 'way out Wacky Racers' battled it out on some of the worlds most dangerous tracks from 1968 to 1970. The show clearly emulated the tone and elements of silent-era potboilers, which were at that time going through a mini-revival - i.e., the sort of film where the villain sports a cape, top hat, and handlebar mustache, and ties the pretty young heroine onto the railroad tracks where she is saved in the nick of time by a lantern-jawed hero.

With their insane autos, the eleven teams raced gallantly (and not so gallantly) across all manner of terrain to secure that elusive win - only to repeat the process week after week. As a result, the vehicles had to be well equipped to survive such hazardous condidtions as sweltering water logged Mississippi swamps, parched landscapes and rocky mountain passes. No vehicle was quite what seemed. Rickety boiler-powered junk heaps stood just as good a chance of victory as turbo powered racers and hi-tech gizmos. Despite their cutthroat desire to win, only the devilish Dick Dastardly and his faithful sidekick Muttley resorted to foul tactics and diabolical scheming in an effort to thwart the other drivers.

The Wacky Races also launched two direct spin-off series starring their most popular characters: Dastardly & Muttley, who traded their cars in for planes, and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, which also starred the Ant Hill Mob.

The simple race forumla was also repeated for the awful Yogi's Space Race which featured many other Hanna Barbera stars.

The cars and their drivers:
00    The Mean Machine        Dastardly and Muttley
01    The Bouldermobile        The Slag Brothers
02    The Creepy Coupe        The Gruesome Twosome
03    Convert-A-Car        Professor Pat Pending
04    The Crimson Haybailer        The Red Max
05    The Compact Pussycat        Penelope Pitstop
06    The Army Surplus Special        Meekley and Sarge
07    The Bullet Proof Bomb        The Ant Hill Mob
08    Arkansas Chug-a-Bug        Luke and Blubber Bear
09    The Turbo Terrific        Peter Perfect
10    The Buzzwagon        Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth

Voice Talent:
Narrator - Dave Willock
Dick Dastardly - Paul Winchell
Penelope Pitstop - Janet Waldo Red Max / Rufus Ruffcut / Peter Perfect / Big Gruesome / Rock Slag - Daws Butler
Luke Bear / Blubber Bear / General - John Stephenson
Muttley / Ring A Ding / Gravel Slag / Little Gruesome / Professor Pat Pending - Don Messick
Ant Hill Mob - Mel Blanc

Episodes: (two per show)
See Saw to Arkansas
Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist
Why Oh Why Wyoming
Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock
Idaho A-Go-Go
Mish-Mash Missouri Dash
Scout Scatter
Real Gone Ape
By Roaler Coasters to Upsan-Downs
Free-Wheeling to Wheeling
The Baja-Ha-Ha Race
The Speedy Arkansas Travelers
The Great Cold Rush Race
Eeny Meeny Missouri Go
Zippy-Mississippi Race
Hot Race to Chillicothe
Traffic Jambalayan
Wrong Lumber Race
Rhode Island Road Race
Wacky Race to Rip Saw
Oil's Well That Ends Well Race
Whizzing to Washington
The Super Silly Swamp Sprint
The Dipsy-Doodle Desert Derby
Race Rally to Raleigh
Dash to Deleware
Dopey Dakota Derby
Speeding For Smogland
Fast Track to Hackensack
Ball Piint, Penn., Or Bust
Racing to Racine
The Carlsbad Or Bust Bash
The Ski Resort Road Race
Overseas Hi-Way Race