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Robbie Parry
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Debuting fifty years ago today:


What an addictive show this was!

It was great. I was rooting for The Slag Brothers the whole time. They had the best look and car.

I even had a video game (PlayStation).

Anyone else watch it?
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Because of my competitive nature this was a must watch Saturday mornings.
My favorite? The Ant Hill Mob with their Edward G. Robinson like leader.
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I enjoyed Wacky Races, but I was still angry at it at the same time, because it was one of the replacements for the H-B super hero toons. 

Of course, now I test my memory by trying to recall ALL of the Wacky Racers. If I REALLY want a challenge, I try to remember all of the Ant Hill Mob from "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop."

I guess that's how good Wacky Races was; it had TWO spinout - er, spinoff series. ("The Perils of Penelope Pitstop" and "Stop That Pigeon!") A LOT of other series, animated or not, would have been really happy for such results!


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Loved it, always tried to guess the
winner, failed every time! Strange how
two of my childhood crushes were
called Penelope...Pitstop and
Creighton-Ward!
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I held out every episode wanting Professor Pat Pending to
win. Hardly ever did!

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Oh, yeah...I feel like I would have been watching it on Saturday mornings, but it must have been in re-runs.
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I can remember when this was first shown in the UK. To this day I can still list all the cars with their numbers and who drove them as mentioned in the opening titles. 

It used to annoy me when articles said that Peter Perfect drove the Varoom Roadster when his car was clearly named as fhe Turbo Terrific. 
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And you supported The Slag Brothers, right, Robbie? ;-)
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I was a sucker for the glamour gal of the gas pedal!
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I liked Muttley.
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I always like the Army Surplus-Special.

Live-Action Peugeot Commercial
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Slag Brothers? You mean Captain Caveman cousins!!!!  :-)

One thing about Hanna Barbera Studios is that they could recycle a character or concept and drive it into the ground.


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Thank`s Bill, that`s brilliant!
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I loved this show and was gratified to see it held up so well when I got the show on DVD.  Itís a great concept for kids in that a race inherently has the potential for a fast pace.  Or at least the illusion of a fast pace!

Of all the old shows that can be revived, I think this one would be a good candidate. Get real comedy writers, but an animation team that can use modern techniques to show a hell of a race.



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I'd be up for that, Tim!

There has been a modern comic (Marvel) which I think presents a gritty version of the concept, much like the gritty version of Scooby-Doo that they are publishing. I haven't read any of those titles, though.
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One of my favorite childhood cartoons, Robbie.
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When this was airing on Boomerang in the morning, we got my son to chart the winners as a way to get him used to writing stuff down.  He loved tracking the winners.
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That's a great anecdote, Steven.
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