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In RealLife, the racing of any kind of vehicle is very dangerous, and many people have died or suffered serious injury while doing so. Things have gotten better, but it is still a potentially deadly sport truly only kept in the reins of safety by [[BadassDriver the skill of the drivers]]. However, there is also the fact that in real life, except for off-road rallies and endurance races, most races simply involve going from point A to point B, or driving in a circle for 500 or so laps. Because of this, writers tend to spice things up a bit. The result is a Wacky Race, a race so improbable, so outrageous, so dangerous, that it makes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7amgj1DpSA Pikes Peak]] look like a Sunday drive.

The race often has rules [[UnnecessaryRoughness more akin to a Demolition Derby than a normal race]], and often takes place on an improbable course. Courses built around entire cities, courses with rollercoaster-like architecture, Courses floating in midair, courses [[PhantomZone existing only in an alternate racing dimension]], and courses in locations where it's generally not safe to be standing, let alone ''racing'', are common. In addition, the vehicles themselves are often specialized. If they're cars, expect them to have weapons and other modifications.

If they're go-karts, expect a lot of {{Power Up}}s to be littering the course- if not, plain old CarFu will be highly encouraged. And if they aren't normal vehicles, expect them to be some amazing sci-fi vehicle capable of pretty much defying the laws of physics. The Vehicles are often [[{{Thememobile}} themed after their drivers]] ([[GangOfHats who are just as wacky as the race itself]]). The RulesOfTheRoad may be altered arbitrarily. And of course, expect the prize to be some sort of MacGuffin.

It's almost traditional for a set of characters in a non-racing series to have an episode or spinoff where they engage in this. TheHero [[InvincibleHero usually wins]], ([[DarkHorseVictory or a random side character]]) the EnsembleDarkHorse always gets the [[CoolCar coolest car]], and the villain [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat cheats and has it backfire hilariously]].

Also see ChariotRace, FictionalSport, {{Pseudolympics}}.

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* ''Anime/SpeedRacer'' had the Mach 5, Dangerous Courses and a ''Vehicular Acrobatics Team''. And let's not get started on [[Film/SpeedRacer the movie!]]
* The 2012 ''Anime/BusouShinki'' series had one episode like this. It gets more and more wacky towards the end.
* ''DoctorSlump'' has a chapter like this. Special mention goes to author AkiraToriyama for having his own AuthorAvatar participating in the race.
* In cartoons and anime marketed towards kids, an episode like this is inevitable. Most don't involve violence at first, [[DickDastardlyStopsToCheat until at least one bad guy starts cheating]]. HilarityEnsues.
** ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' / ''Kirby: Right Back at Ya'' featured a race involving a go-kart (Fumu / Tiff and Bun / Tuff), a Model T (the Mayor and wife), a [[CoolCar big old fashioned limousine]] (King Dedede and Escargo(o)n), an old-school Formula 1 car (Meta Knight) and a ''spaceship'' (Kirby).
** A first season ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episode had a race between trainers riding one of their Pokémon (or in one case, Pikachu riding Squirtle).
*** One episode during the Johto saga had something called "Extreme Pokémon", where the Pokémon pulled the trainer on a skateboard.
** ''MegaManNTWarrior'' was not one to miss out. It also makes a good example of how the vehicles will reflect the role and personality of their riders: [[TheHero MegaMan]] drove a F1 car, [[TheRival ProtoMan]] rode a CoolBike, [[TheChick Roll]] drove a silly-looking coupe, and [[TerribleTrio Force Three]] all rode together in a train.
** Franchise/{{Anpanman}} has had a couple racing episodes (one was a half-hour special, the other a theatrical short). Some vehicles were go-karts (by most of the racers, even the super heroes. Baikinman dressed as a mysterious racer in both episodes until his cover was blown), a few had bike pedal-powered cars (Creampanda, but he's a kid, so he can't drive. The Donburiman Trio, on the other hand, had Tendonman winning a bet, so the car gets to look like him, and he doesn't have to control it, while Katsudonman and Kamameshidon are forced under the kart controlling it), and even steeds (the cowboys using their horses/grasshopper (in Arinkokiddo's case)). Both times involved Baikinman using Dokinchan (and Horrorman at one point) to help rig the race.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' had an episode like this. All of the kids, Neemon, and a villian each got onto a train. The episode proceeded as a big battle, with only Takuya completing the race.
* ''ScrambleWars'' was a SuperDeformed Wacky Race parody featuring several anime produced by {{AIC}} (such as ''BubblegumCrisis'', ''GallForce'', ''{{Megazone 23}}'', ''[[GenesisClimberMospeada Mospeada]]'', and ''[[GunsmithCats Riding Bean]]'').
* ''Anime/{{SD Gundam|Force}}'' did a ''WackyRaces'' homage episode, complete with ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' villains Yazan Gable and Gemon Bajack as transparent parodies of Dick Dastardly and Muttley. Sadly, due to licensing issues, this short couldn't be included in a recent DVD collection.
* ''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Steel Ball Run]]'' is basically the horse racing version. It's a race across the whole United States in a alternate history Wild West, featuring competitors with flamboyant clothing and special powers. One even eschews the horse and runs on his own two feet.
* The TV series of ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has this with more wacky racing courses like a track with ice hills and roads with time-floods, with booster-equipped cars as the racing machines. In the [=OVA=]s however, this aspect has been largely abandoned.
* The manga ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has the dragonfly races in the world of Piffle with all the racers being cameo characters from other Creator/{{CLAMP}} series.
* ''RedLine'' takes this to ridiculous levels. Tailenders, too.
* This is serious business for ''YuGiOh5DS'' where everybody plays card games while riding motorcycles. If it wasn't for the autopilot, we'd have some serious wreckage here...
* Episode 9 of ''CarnivalPhantasm'' turns the [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Holy Grail War]] into such a race with vehicles distributed by lottery; Rin/Archer got a sports convertible, Caster/Soichiro got an old-time car, Lancer got a drag racer [[ButtMonkey (Which, he learned later, can't turn)]], Illya turned Berserker into an army tank, Shinji/Rider got a regular bicycle, and Shirou/Saber got a lion-themed kiddie ride that was coin operated. Assassin later showed up driving a truck that carried the temple gate he's bound to, and then Gilgamesh appeared driving a motorcycle.
* In Gosho Aoyama's manga ''{{Yaiba}}'', there's an extra arc that involves the main characters racing for a wish granted by God himself. HilarityEnsues. There's also an AuthorAvatar character with the fourth-wall breaking capacity of erasing cars in front of him and redrawing them behind him.
* Episode 21 of ''SonicX'' had Sonic competing with Sam Speed in a race throughout Station Square and the desert beyond it.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* The shortlived comic book ''{{Chassis}}'' centered around aircar racing in an AlternateHistory where World war II never happened.
* A story in ''ComicBook/{{Superboy}}'' had Roxy enter Cadmus's Whiz Wagon in a super-powered cross-country car race called the Demolition Run, organised by a mysterious crime-boss called Mr Big.
* ''Archie's RC Racers'' was one of the stranger entries in the ArchieComics franchise. In it, two teams of Riverdale teenagers, led by Archie and Reggie, travel across the United States racing radio-controlled cars, while foiling the dastardly schemes of the villainous Babette and her bungling henchmen.
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[[folder:Films]]
* ''Film/TheGreatRace'', which served as the inspiration for the ''WackyRaces''.
** ''Every'' race in this movie counts as WackyRacing, including the one at the end, of which we only see ten seconds, because DickDastardlyStopsToCheat.
* The Podracing scene in ''[[StarWars The Phantom Menace]]''.
* ''Film/DeathRace2000''.
** And the 2008 remake ''Film/DeathRace''.
* ''SpyKids 3'' has the Mega Race, the fastest and most dangerous race in the Gameworld.
* In a sense, ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld''.
* ''Film/ThoseMagnificentMenInTheirFlyingMachines'' had the same basic concept, only with airplanes.
* ''Monte Carlo or Bust'' (a.k.a. ''Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies''), sequel to the above.
* The RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannonball_Baker_Sea-To-Shining-Sea_Memorial_Trophy_Dash Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash]] was an illegal coast-to-coast road race specifically intended to protest the 55 mph speed limit of TheSeventies. Other than the willful disregard for the speed limit, it doesn't really qualify for WackyRacing, but it inspired a bunch of movies that do:
** ''Cannonball'' (1976), a classic David Carradine B-Movie Action Flick.
** ''Film/TheGumballRally'' (1976), a slapstick comedy.
** ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' (1981), an even ''more'' slapstick comedy starring Burt Reynolds and Creator/DomDeLuise as the most "normal" team in a field of broad ethnic stereotypes. Includes an early US role for JackieChan -- playing a ''Japanese'' driver, with Richard "Film/{{Eegah}}, [[Film/JamesBond Jaws]]" Kiel as his copilot in the sequel.
*** Its sequels, ''The Cannonball Run II'' (1985) and ''Speed Zone!'' (1989).
* Of course, the Wachowski brothers' live action ''Film/SpeedRacer'' is all over this.
* ''Film/SilentMovie'' features a wheelchair race in a hospital that gets pretty crazy.
* "Sugar Rush" from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' is one big candy-coated {{Expy}} of ''VideoGame/MarioKart''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The broomstick race through a dragon preserve mentioned in ''Literature/QuidditchThroughTheAges''.
* The fifth ''LightNovel/AccelWorld'' novel actually has one of these as a special, one off event to celebrate the adding of the space elevator to the Unlimited Field. Since the kings customarily not take part in such events, Haruyuki uses it as a chance to convince Sky Raker to rejoin Nega Nebulous on a full time basis to round out their four person team. Of course something happens to interrupt it.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'' and to a lesser extent ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' combine this trope with ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', which is already pretty damn wacky.
* ''Series/TopGear''
** One of the show's favorite features, to say the least. One thing they love to do is race cars against things that cars usually don't compete with. For example, the Bugatti Veyron (1000 bhp supercar) vs. Eurofighter Typhoon (top-rated fighter jet) in a drag race (vertical vs. horizontal), Mazda M-5 vs. a greyhound (the dog, not the bus), compact car vs. LeParkour, Historic People Carrier/Motorhome/Passenger Bus/Airport Vehicle Racing, a rally car on ice vs. bobsledders (and later a second Rally car vs a skeleton luge), and so on. The amazing thing about the Bugatti Veyron race was not that the Bugatti lost, but that it lost by only four seconds.
** The double-decker car racing, depicted above. The catch is simple: you sit above, your partner sits below. You have the steering, he has the acceleration. The first race of this type pitted [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny England vs. Germany]]. The same challenge was repeated in the Ashes Special, against the ''Top Gear Australia'' hosts. Except the steering car has been turned upside down, but only for the Australian team.
** Racing "the post." They basically raced against an abstract concept. [[spoiler: And lost.]] Ostensibly, they were racing a relay team; mail boat takes the letter from the island to the mainland, where a series of planes and trucks carry it further, until it reaches the local post office where a dude comes round and delivers it.
** Clarkson actually dared race against God. Well, technically, he attempted to drive across England in one night from west to east before the sun could rise. [[spoiler:And he also won.]]
** Their "campervan race" quickly devolved into this.
** ''Series/TopGearUS'' had gas-guzzling super-tuned mountain car vs. a pro kayaker down a mountain.
* ''Series/TheSootyShow'', with JustinLeeCollins as the requisite cheating villain Fred Firewheel complete with "Drat! And double drat!" ShoutOut.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' did this in "The Race" when they enter the Le Mans 24 Hour race, despite not knowing how to drive. Ultimately they end up driving their office in the race.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* The racing modes in Creator/SternPinball's ''[[Pinball/MustangStern Mustang]]'', which are clearly not meant to be taken seriously.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''CarWars'' boardgame by Steve Jackson Games. It's TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and [[AfterTheEnd the aftermath of a nuclear war]] and everyone drives around in cars with machine guns and lasers and the like. Sometimes there are races, but other times the drivers just [[VehicularCombat blow seven bells out of each other's vehicles in an arena or on the road]].
* ''{{GURPS}} Autoduel'', an extention of the ''Car Wars'' concept into a roleplaying game.
** "[=EcksEcksEcksEcksian=] Cart Wars" in ''{{GURPS}} Literature/{{Discworld}} Also''. A low-tech parody of the above combined with the ''MadMax'' sequence in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', and an experiment in seeing how far the ''GURPS Vehicles'' rules could be pushed before they broke. [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything Pretty far, it turns out]].
** "[=CarToon=] Wars" in ''TabletopGame/{{Toon}} Tooniversal Tour Guide''. Another Steve Jackson parody of their own project, this one even more like ''WackyRaces'' than the others since it's set in a cartoon universe.
* "The Widening Gyre" (for 6th edition HeroSystem). The sample adventure included in the book is not only a steampunk Wacky Race, but several of the [=NPC=] racers are [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to the ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'' racers.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Every ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' style game qualifies. Courses with cannons that launch you to the top of mountains aren't exactly common in real life.
** Even games that don't actually use karts are subject to this, such as ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'s Air Ride'' or ''VideoGame/SonicRiders''.
** On which note, before there was ''Sonic Riders'', there was ''VideoGame/SonicR''. And before ''that'' there was ''Sonic Drift''.
*** And after ''Sonic Riders'', there is the most acclaimed of the ''Sonic'' racers (and the closest one to ''Maro Kart'', natch), ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing]]''.
** ''VideoGame/LEGORacers'' is basically ''Mario Kart'' [-[[RecycledInSpace WITH LEGOS!]]-]
* ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}}''. Super Fast Hover Cars, Courses Suspended in Mid-Air that double as cities, and characters like [[MemeticBadass Captain Falcon]] make this a perfect example of this trope.
* ''FullAuto'', which can be boiled down to ''DeathRace: The Video Game''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Rollcage}}'', which used gravity-defying cars that can be driven on the ceiling and walls as easily as the floor... and for frequently taking place in stages where it's hard to even TELL what's up and down. Or where up and down just aren't constant values (like in a space station).
* The Apogee classic ''WackyWheels''... basic kart racing, 'cept for the hedgehog cannon.
* ''{{Carmageddon}}'' and its sequels. Street racing of the classic arcade formula - try to keep your timer up while you attempt to complete your objective. Only instead of just completing the race as your objective, you can instead [[UnnecessaryRoughness destroy all your opponents]], or run over ''[[UltraViolence every pedestrian in the level]] [[RuleOfFunny (which includes cows)]]''. The whole mass murdering ordeal caused [[MoralGuardians no small controversy]] and the pedestrians were [[{{Bowdlerise}} replaced with zombies or robots]] for some markets.
* ''VideoGame/MidtownMadness''
* ''{{Burnout}}'': Souped-up, nitro-equipped race-cars (or trucks, or vans) compete in street races on roads packed with civilian traffic, and crashing (or, better yet, [[CarFu making your opponents crash]]) is half the point.
* ''{{Flat-Out}}'': Similar to ''Burnout'' but with crazier, off-road tracks, and high explosive trackside objects, but no civilian traffic. The other racers want to make you crash so hard that you're flung through the windscreen of your vehicle, though.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wipeout}}'': High-tech hovercraft zoom round vastly improbable tracks (including ones suspended from a city's skyscrapers) at supersonic speeds, while blasting each other with various types of missile, and the Quake Disruptor, a weapon that causes the entire track to undulate in an excessive manner, slamming itself into opponent's craft, causing massive damage.
* ''NeedForSpeed: Underground'' and ''Underground 2'': Nitro-equipped, highly pimped out import tuners speed around Olympic City and Bayview, through coastlines, back alleys, spillways, factories, and going at 400 km/h in the highways. The roads are packed with civilian traffic.
** ''NeedForSpeed: Most Wanted'' and ''Carbon'': Same as before, but add ''German and Italian supercars'', and just to top the whole thing off, throw in a police department [[WeHaveReserves with infinite funds and reserves.]]
** It gets better in 2010 ''Hot Pursuit'', where you can play as the CowboyCop wrecking the wacky racers' fun.
* ''{{N-Gen Racing}}'': Racing planes through canyons, tho lower you go the faster you go, of course, while using the plane's weapon systems to cause damage to your opponents.
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' has a minigame where you surf directly over ''lava'' on hoverboards. Of course, like at all points in BFD, it's possible to die in spectacular and grotesque ways, as opposed to most of these, where you bounce off of everything.
* ''VideoGame/ExtremeG'': Superfast motorbikes with all sorts of weapons.
** The original ''Extreme-G'' on the N64 was able to actually overdo the wackiness. There was a cheat code that enabled you to get a random secondary weapon just by clicking it's fire button as opposed to running over a power-up on the track. And this worked for the A.I. racers too. Cue much rocketspamming and the amount of carnage going on could mess up the N64's processor and graphics and reduce the game to its bare wireframe models in that race.
* ''{{Slipstream 5000}}''. TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture racing with, essentially, flying cars. Through twisting valleys and down fjords in Norway, through the winding highways and tunnels of Chicago, down Grand Canyon... Oh yeah, and you had missiles, too.
* ''SnowboardKids'' is guilty of this one. You'd expect all the courses to have snow, but when one of the stages is a tropical island...
** Or a space station...
** Or a jungle...
* ''{{Pokemon}} Dash''.
* ''VideoGame/CrashTeamRacing''.
* And the aerial version of this trope, ''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers''.
* The early 90s computer game ''Stunts'' was about racing in European supercars on courses filled with more obstacles than you can shake a stick at, including half-pipes, corkscrews, loops, jumps over buildings, and roads made of ice. Its SpiritualSuccessor ''{{Trackmania}}'' upped the ante by introducing ''air-suspended courses specially meant for cars that defy the laws of physics''. With its LevelEditor, you can also make your courses as crazy as you want - provided the car can get through them...
* ''MicroMachines'' is WackyRacing [[foldercontrol]]

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** ''MicroManiacs'' is WackyRacing ''on foot''.
* ''ExciteBike'' and ''ExciteTruck''. The latter in particular feels like a G-rated ''{{Carmageddon}}'' crossed with ''Monster Truck Madness''.
** How about ''Excite'' '''''Bots,''''' which is like Truck, except with vehicles styled after animals and minigames ''in the middle of the races.''
* ''Kinetica''. The racers ''wear'' their vehicles, with the wheels attached to the ends of their arms and legs, and they race on the walls and/or ceilings of large skyscrapers. Oh, and did I mention that more than half the racers are hot chicks whose "vehicles" [[{{Fanservice}} show lots of skin]], and that the game is NintendoHard?
* ''HSX Hypersonic.Extreme'' (also known as ''G Surfers''). Think of F-Zero X, ''20 times faster'' and taking place on a ''Real-Scale rendition of the world''. It also features a very powerful track editor which takes advantage of said ''Real-Scale rendition of the world''.
* One of Blizzard's earliest games, ''RockNRollRacing'' featured futuristic race cars, racing on tracks with deadly jumps and mines, while the racers themselves touted energy blasters, missiles, and mines.
* ''GripShift'', despite featuring cars, is more of a PlatformGame than an actual racing game. Ditto for the ''{{Trackmania}}'' games.
* The TropeNamer ''Wacky Races' had a video game based on it made for the SegaDreamcast and for PlayStation2. Unlike other Mario Kartlikes, you didn't pick up powerups along the track--you chose three from a list specific to the character you chose before every race, and picked up tokens along the track that would let you use the powers you chose.
* ''Crazyracing Kartrider''
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsEpisodeIRacer'', based on the ''Phantom Menace'' race mentioned above. Settings include underwater cities, mining facilities, volcanic planets and zero-gravity space prisons.
* In ''SplitSecond'', you can blow up things around the track, as well as drop ships and ''airplanes'' on your opponents.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' ended up with two that I know of. ''Looney Tunes Racing'' was a PlayStation karting game, featuring weapons from cream pies to heat-seeking cream pies to, of course, anvils. ''Looney Tunes Space Race'' was a Dreamcast and PlayStation2 game that took things InSpace, but with the same general principle..
* ''VideoGame/{{Re-Volt}}'', similar to MicroMachines but with radio control cars, has EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs in the second game.
* ''ChoroQ'' series isn't as wacky as others in term of a racing rule. However, after the 2nd game, the series started to put the racing courses that are beyond reality such as a disco factory, a sewer, inside a castle, a haunthouse, outer space, on the sky, under the water, and other weird possible areas. And instead of powerup, they have upgradable parts which are crazy instead.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' introduces the Payload Race mode. The RED and BLU teams push a cart (Packed with an ammo/health dispenser and a [[BigBulkyBomb massive bomb]]) from their side of the area to the opposing team's base. Whoever gets theirs to the final station wins. Of course, they're free to screw with each other's progress.
** There's also a map based on the same principal called, you guessed it, wackyraces.
* ''VideoGame/{{Blur}}'', which is like ''VideoGame/MarioKart'' with real cars ([[CoolCar including supercars such as the Koenigsegg CCXR!]]) and improbable challenges.
* The {{Wii}} version of the ''Speed Racer'' film, which transposes the insane courses and CarFu tactics of the movie.
* A sidequest in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' is a [[RollingAttack rolling Goron]] race, which is much like, and about as safe as, [[DontTryThisAtHome climbing inside monster truck tires and racing them down a mountain]].
* ''VideoGame/SuperTuxKart''
* ''VideoGame/DiddyKongRacing''.
* In ''VideoGame/ZooRace'', animals complete a course containing things like flames coming out of surfaces, explosive barrels, oncoming trains and so on.
* The Game Boy version of ''VideoGame/WaveRace''. You think a jet-ski race would be pretty standard, but the racers constantly bump into each other due some narrow areas. Moreover, [[FriendlyPlayfulDolphin dolphins]] and [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopi]] serve as power-ups.
* ''VideoGame/FatalRacing'', particularly in the Bonus Races ([[ThatOneLevel Bonus Race #3]] is of special note). And then there's the instance when one of the AI cars decides to [[DrivesLikeCrazy screw things up by going in the opposite direction]].
* In ''VideoGame/AngryBirdsGo'', the slingshots aren't loaded with birds... they're loaded with birds (and pigs) on karts!
* ''Videogame/TreadMarks'' is all about sentient tanks [[MultiTrackDrifting racing each other]] in the wilderness while firing [[YouNukeEm nuclear missiles]] and death rays at each other for fun.
* FinalFantasyVII includes the PhantomZone in the chocobo races.
* ''VideoGame/MonsterRacers'' combines Wacky Racing with a {{Mons}} RPG, where you capture monsters to race with them. They can use their monstery attacks to get an edge in races.
* The web racing game series ''[=GoKartGo!=]'' is essentially a browser-based game like Mario Kart, with goofy animal characters.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', we see it done by Cassiel in Ash's race against Logan.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/WackyRaces'', which in turn is based on ''Film/TheGreatRace''. That fits the driver and car aspects of this trope.
** ''WesternAnimation/YogisSpaceRace'' is an extension of this, [[{{Recycled IN SPACE}} in space!]]
** And the ''FenderBender500'', which replaced everyone except Dick Dastardly and Muttley with classic {{Hanna-Barbera}} characters.
** ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' also did an homage to ''Wacky Races'' with an episode based on the concept, except replacing the typical drivers with ''Dexter's Laboratory'' regulars.
** ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'' frequently included races as well, with various vehicles. Hanna-Barbera is fond of this trope.
** ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry: The Fast and the Furry'', where the cat and mouse enter a race to win a mansion after being kicked out of their old home. At various legs of the race, they and the other contestants had to continually modify their cars for different types of travel, culminating with a race back to the start (read: Travel from the island of Borneo to the starting line in Hollywood...the long way) in five minutes.
** ''WesternAnimation/SpeedBuggy'' was usually wacky races mixed with the ScoobyDoo mystery formula.
** One ''ScoobyDoo'' animated Film, ''ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'', took the exact format of WackyRaces and replaced the normal racers with monsters. The plot centered around Shaggy being turned into a werewolf to participate in the race, because the ''real'' werewolf had retired to Florida.
** The GrandFinale for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has a scene where all the villains drive racecars (with Mojo Jojo's tank resembling a cross between the Mean Machine and the Army Surplus Special) to race to the Mayor's office where the Key to the World is being hidden. Upon insistence from the Professor, the Girls drive a dune buggy (which looked like a pink ShoutOut to Speed Buggy).
* Disney's ''TheReplacements'' had an homage AffectionateParody of ''Speed Racer''.
** So did ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' "Channel Chasers".
* Pretty much every cartoon inspired by Hot Wheels. (''AcceleRacers'' in particular, is where the Alternate Racing Dimension thing comes from.)
* ''DragonBooster''. The cars are in this case dragons, and the tracks are utterly insane given that they are being raced by living creatures.
* ''NASCARRacers'', set in a future where NASCAR has evolved into a ''Speed Racer'' style event around grotesque dangerous tracks. Ironically, though, it's actually safer than real NASCAR, since all the vehicles have "rescue racers", an escape pod jettisoned in the event of a crash.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had a ''Wacky Races''-esque episode where the Titans were trying to beat various villains to steal back a [[MacGuffin mysterious suitcase belonging to Robin]] from Ding-Dong Daddy.
* The entire second season of 80s cartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' (all ten episodes) centered around racing. Considering that the racing vehicles were all equipped with weapons and could transform...
* ''TheDukes'', the Hanna-Barbera AnimatedAdaptation of ''TheDukesOfHazzard'', featured the Duke cousins (originally Coy and Vance and later the more familiar Bo and Luke) in an automobile race around the world against Boss Hogg, in a duel over the ownership of Duke farm.
* ''Tom Slick'', a companion segment to ''GeorgeOfTheJungle'', forced the hero and his nemesis, Baron Otto Matic, to convert their racecars into different forms in virtually every episode. During the short run of the series, the Thunderbolt Greaseslapper became, among other things, a skateboard, a blimp, a submarine, a locomotive, a snowmobile and a swamp buggy.
* In the episode "Death Race to Oblivion" of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the interstellar warlord Mongul forces five superheroes and five supervillains to participate in the titular death race. The Batmobile and its ilk are already pretty WackyRaces in expressing the owner's, uh, preferences, but this episode revels in it.
* "Johnny Kart Racing" in ''JohnnyTest'' centered around this. Notably, the episode starts off as a normal soapbox car race between Johnny and Dukey, snowballs into this trope as more and more racers enter, and the soapboxes are swapped for real cars. Also noteworthy is that a lampshade is hung DickDastardlyStopsToCheat.
* TheBBC's ''[[http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/about/programmes/kerwhizz.shtml Kerwhizz]]'' is a mostly-CGI, pre-school game show, in which three teams consisting of a kid and his/her android NonHumanSidekick answer questions before racing their pods around a themed "race world". One suspects the writers may be paying homage to ''WackyRaces'' with titles like "Fun Food Freeway", "Moonlight Night Flight" and "The Deserted Desert Dash".
* ''Bailey's Comets'' was an obscure De Patie-Freleng show from 1973 (airing on CBS) about ten teams of roller skaters, including the titular Comets, who are on a cross-country marathon race to find a treasure.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' had the episode "Go-Kart 3000".
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Cyberchase}}'' was about Matt, Jackie, Inez, and Digit helping Princess Creech enter such a race so that she can become Queen of Tikiville, but at the same time, The Hacker also wants to rule Tikiville, and therefore he resorts to cheating in the race so he can win.
* An episode of ''RobotChicken'' featured [[CannonballRun Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise]] recruiting Vin Diesel's character from ''TheFastAndTheFurious'' to take part in a race against famous TV/Toy car characters, including Franchise/{{Batman}}, [[MarioKart Mario and Luigi]], ''TheDukesOfHazzard'', [[Series/CHiPS Ponch and John]], [[WesternAnimation/{{MASK}} Matt Tracker (with Scott and T-Bob in the back seat)]], ''Anime/SpeedRacer'', and one of the vehicles from ''WesternAnimation/JayceAndTheWheeledWarriors'' .
* [[MaryShelleysFrankenhole Jules Verne's Monster Rally Run!]]
* The twentieth episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}: Fast Forward''.
* Perhaps the most obscure animated series to come out of MainframeEntertainment, ''WeirdOhs'', was about an entire ''city'' dedicated to this.
* ''[[LooneyTunes Porky's Road Race]]'' (1936) had Porky and a bunch of InkSuitActor characters in an auto race, with "Borax Kar-Off" as the Dick Dastardly figure.
* ''WesternAnimation/ObanStarRacers'' plays this seriously, as it's aliens who've made all the race courses to have a bunch of different aliens (plus humans) compete in a galaxy-wide competition.
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* It's a tradition in ''{{Transformers}}'' to have at least one such race per franchise, except during the Beast Era when such things would have been ridiculous.
** Yes, having ''[[Anime/TransformersRobotsInDisguise bullet trains]]'' participate in a rally race [[SarcasmMode isn't ridiculous at all]].
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* TruthInTelevision: Most rally raids, including the Paris-Dakar Rally and the Baja 1000. More often than not, these rallies are not much about who finishes first, but more about ''who finishes at all!''
** Of particular note is the 1963 East African Safari Rally. Eighty-four cars started the rally. Five days later ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsinkable_Seven seven]]'' crossed the finish line.
* [[http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/ 24 hours of Lemons]]. Just, go out there and look how people race these little pieces of crap. You won't regret it.
** [[IncrediblyLamePun Lemons/Le Mans]], hmm?
* At the Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California, in the late 90s, they had a racing class called trains, which consisted of three cars hooked up to one another, racing on a figure-8 circuit. The one in front had only gas and steering, the one in the middle was empty, and the one in the back had only brakes and steering. Did we mention that the cars actually are on a single level track, so they can crash into each other in the middle? That's probably why they don't run it anymore.
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