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"Who put the antifreeze in my carburetor?"
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Hanna-Barbera created this Saturday Morning Cartoon, one of several following the lead on Scooby-Doo, 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, possibly 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 competed in the Laff-A-Lympics

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


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This series provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Tinker has a lot of problems remembering Gold Fever's name.
  • All There in the Manual: While you would never be able to directly tell from this series, Mark was intended to be a Native American character even though he was still colored as such.
    • In The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode crossover, "The Weird Winds of Winona", Mark's skin darkens significantly to better convey this but without this information, the viewer might as well assume he got a very bad suntan before the crossover.
  • Anti-Sneeze Finger: Even Speedy needed this trope once.
  • Board Game: Yep, it had one. The box art shows Mark with blond hair.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Tinker's "Gol-LY!" (itself an Expy of Gomer Pyle's catch phrase)
    • Also, Speed Buggy's "Va-room-a-zoom-zoom!" and "Roger dodger!"
  • Crossover:
    • In the 1973 The New Scooby-Doo Movies episode "The Weird Winds of Winona", Mystery Incorporated solved a mystery with Speed Buggy and co.
    • Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics — Tinker and Speedy played for the Scooby Doobies.
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    • Speed Buggy appeared as the Crossover Punchline on the Johnny Bravo episode "Bravo-Dooby-Doo".
      • And again in the Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? episode "A Mystery Solving Gang Divided," an episode guest starring the gang from The Funky Phantom. At the end of the episode, Speed Buggy and teammates appear, too late to help solve the mystery, and causing Scooby and Shaggy to laugh at how ridiculous the idea of a talking car is. Someone seems to like using Speed Buggy for Crossover Punchline endings.
    • Speed Buggy and co. appear in "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals" of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, though as only the mascots were prominently featured, Speed Buggy got more attention than his teammates did.
  • Handy Remote Control: Speed Buggy can be forcibly controlled by a special remote control of Tinker's design.
  • An Ice Person: The titular villains of the episode "Professor Snow and Madame Ice".
  • It Wasn't Easy: In the episode "The Ringmaster", the eponymous car says of bringing the villain to justice, "It wasn't easy, pulling all those circus wagons!"
  • The Leader: Debbie is actually the leader of this group despite being the only female. The boys usually go along with her instructions. This is even lampshaded in the Amazon episode where the Amazon leader insists now Debbie can tell the men what to do, which Mark and Tinker try to explain sometimes they are lucky to get a word in edgewise.
  • Lost World: The Speed Buggy crew have their plane have issues over on in "Kingzilla". This version contains multiple giant King Kong like apes.
  • 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.
  • Sentient Vehicle: Speedy himself
    • Also in "Speed Buggy Falls in Love" the Mata Cari character is a fraud driven by the antagonist's henchman. But at the end she winks to Speedy without a pilot.
  • 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.

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