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:

  • 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:
  • 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. 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
  • 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: Well, what did you expect?