"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:
- 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!"
- Expy: Mark, Debbie and (especially) Tinker bear a passing resemblance to Fred, Daphne and Shaggy.
- Speed Buggy sounds suspiciously like the Maxwell if it could talk.
- Handy Remote Control: Speed Buggy can be forcibly controlled by a special remote control of Tinker's design.
- 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, really for no reason. And whether this was a goof on the animator's part, or intentional, it's never discussed.
- Sentient Vehicle
- Verbal Tic: The various automotive "sputtering" Speed Buggy makes.
- Wacky Racing: Well, what did you expect?