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Western Animation / Speed Buggy

"Who put the antifreeze into my carburetor?"

Hanna-Barbera created this Saturday Morning Cartoon, one of several based on the Scooby-Doo formula, for CBS in 1973. Throughout the rest of the decade, Speed Buggy rotated among the three networks' schedules.

Speed Buggy was a talking dune buggy, apparently the grandson of Chugaboom from The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. When his mechanic, Tinker, wasn't driving him in a race, Speed Buggy fought crime with Tinker and his friends, Mark and Debbie. Speed Buggy also crossed over to Scooby-Doo and Johnny Bravo.

The voice talent comprised Mel Blanc as Speed Buggy, Michael Bell as Mark, Arlene Golonka as Debbie and Phil Luther Jr. as Tinker.

This series provides examples of:

  • An Ice Person: The titular enemies of the episode "Professor Snow and Madame Ice".
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: Even Speedy needed this trope once.
  • Board Game: Yep, it had one. The box art shows Mark with blond hair.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Tinker's "Gol-LY!"
    • Also, Speed Buggy's "Va-room-a-zoom-zoom!" and "Roger dodger!"
  • Crossover:
  • Follow the Leader: Speed Buggy followed on Hanna Barbera's meddling kids trend. The main cast follows roles similar (but not exactly like) to characters from Scooby-Doo but the plots are more akin to Josie and the Pussycats.
  • Handy Remote Control: Speed Buggy can be forcibly controlled by a special remote control of Tinker's design.
  • Lovable Coward: Both Tinker and Speedy to extents.
  • Mad Scientist: Speed Buggy's typical antagonists are this trope.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Particularly given his signature catch phrase, Tinker's voice sounded exactly like the Jim Nabors character from The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Race Lift: In The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode crossover, "The Weird Winds of Winona", Mark's skin darkens significantly. Apparently the character was intended to be of Native American descent but you wouldn't tell by how they colored him for the whole original series. So without this All In The Manual information, the viewer might as well assume he got a very bad suntan before the crossover.
  • Sentient Vehicle: Speedy Himself
  • She's Got Legs: While Debbie is usually drawn in pants, in the Amazon episode, she proves she can compete with the other HB girls.
  • Verbal Tic: The various automotive "sputtering" Speed Buggy makes.
  • Wacky Racing: When Speedy is shown racing, this is to be expected.
  • Weirdness Magnet: When you are a Hanna Barbera meddling kid, this is to be expected.