Wacky Races is a 1968 show


Characters and Vehicles

Main Article: Wacky Races/Characters/Gallery

Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean Machine 00 (The double 'O'/ The Double Zero)

The antagonists of the series, in a purple, rocket-powered car with an abundance of concealed weapons and the ability to fly. Dastardly (voiced by Paul Winchell, in a manner that Winchell would use several years later to portray the Smurfs' nemesis Gargamel) is an archetypal mustache-twirling villain; Muttley (voiced by Don Messick) is his wheezily snickering, anthropomorphic dog henchman. Dastardly concocts plans and traps in order to maintain a lead, but most of his plans backfire, causing him to finish in last place. Because of this, Dastardly has never won a Wacky Race, or even placed in the top three, in fact he only crossed the line four times, twice in last place, once in second last place (beating the Surplus Special) and even once in first place (but was then disqualified). He is often foiled by the finishing line itself, where he makes a sprint at the end to gain the lead but whilst sneering and looking behind him at the other competitors fails to notice that parts protruding from the mean machine (often sails or rockets) are too big to get under the finish banner and he subsequently crashes into it. Dick Dastardly and Muttley would also appear in Fender Bender 500 racing against characters like Yogi Bear and Quick Draw McGraw. In this series they were actually able to pull off a win.

The Mean Machine appears to have been by far the fastest vehicle, providing Dastardly with a theoretically unbeatable advantage. But in every episode after blazing far ahead of the others Dastardly would stop to set up various booby traps for the other racers and this would eventually cost him the race. It never seems to occur to him to race fairly even though he would presumably triumph every time.

The Slag Brothers in the Bouldermobile 1

Rock and Gravel Slag (voiced by Daws Butler and Don Messick) are Cavemen driving a wheeled boulder. The Slag Brothers sometimes reconstruct their car from scratch just by using their clubs on any large boulder that is available. The Slag Brothers can summon up a Pteranodon to help them. They accelerate by hitting the car (or at times, each other) with their clubs. Often they directly attack other drivers with their clubs and various rock attacks. Note: If the whole Wacky Races series had been scored according to the Grand Prix point scoring of the period the Slag Brothers would have been champions. The Slag Brothers' character design was re-used for Captain Caveman.[citation needed]

The Gruesome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe 2

Big Gruesome (a lurching, huge humanoid character voiced by Daws Butler) and Little Gruesome (a purple-skinned vampire voiced by Don Messick) are monsters driving a hearse-like car with a belfry which houses a dragon, ghosts, serpents, and other horror-themed characters as well storm clouds. The Gruesomes can summon these creatures to either help them along in the race, or fend off other drivers. The Gruesome Twosome are often prone to foul play, often using their range of creatures to scare off or sabotage the other competitors. Little Gruesome acts as the brains of the duo while Big Gruesome acts as the muscle.

Professor Pat Pending in the Convert-a-Car 3

A scientist (voiced by Don Messick) in a boat-shaped car equipped with a multitude of gadgets, which can change into just about anything that moves, from mundane vehicles (such as a motorcycle) to outlandish ones (such as a giant bowling ball). He often uses his car's gadgets to help out the other drivers if they all get caught in the same trap. His alliterative name is a pun on the phrase "patent pending". Most of his gadgets seem to be defensive as opposed to Dastardly's offensive devices.

Red Max in the Crimson Haybailer 4

An air ace (voiced by Daws Butler) whose name is a combination of the Red Baron and the Blue Max, in a car/plane hybrid that is capable of limited flight, usually just enough to leapfrog over racers or obstacles in its path. The Haybailer also has a mounted machine gun, which is used sporadically. The machine gun can fire bullets, pepper, and other substances. The Haybailer's transformation from plane to car seems to have significantly weakened its flying ability, and Max often has to bail out when the Haybailer breaks down.

Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat 5

Penelope Pitstop (voiced by Janet Waldo) is a Southern belle who drives a pink car with personal grooming facilities. Penelope often takes time during the race to maintain her appearance, which causes the other racers to lose ground when her gadgets malfunction. The other male racers are very chivalrous towards her, and rarely attack her car, sometimes even allowing her to pass them up. Turbo Terrific driver Peter Perfect is particularly fond of her, frequently calling her "Pretty Penny." Penelope also had her own cartoon, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, which also featured the Ant Hill Mob.

Sergeant Blast and Private Meekley in the Army Surplus Special 6

Two soldiers, one a sergeant (voiced by Daws Butler) and the other a private (voiced by Paul Winchell), racing in an army tank/jeep hybrid with a small steamroller‘s wheel attached to the front. The Army Surplus Special makes use of its tank facilities while racing, including its cannon, which can spin around to face forward or back, and the hatch, where Sergeant Blast rides. The Surplus Special is also equipped with a supply of land mines, which when driven over, propel the car into the air, and back-mounted thrusters. The Surplus Special also fires its gun backwards to propel itself forwards for extra speed. As their names suggest, Private Meekley is very meek and merely follows orders without question, while Sergeant Blast "blasts" orders in a stereotypical drill-sergeant voice. While racing the army surplus special made use of itself including its cannon.

The Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb 7

The Bulletproof Bomb is a 1920s sedan, driven by a group of 7 pint-sized gangsters (a play on the Seven Dwarfs): Clyde (voiced by Paul Winchell), Ring-A-Ding (voiced by Don Messick) and 5 others. Their usual method of improving the speed of their car is "Getaway Power", which is achieved by extending their feet through the floor of the car and running, in a reference to The Flintstones. On occasion the Ant Hill Mob would use their tommy guns against the other racers. The Ant Hill Mob re-appeared in the spin-off series The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, with Clyde in a silver outfit and his wingmen, with new names, wearing blue outfits and riding in a living car, Chugga-Boom. The Mob were the protagonists in this series, along with Penelope herself, and were constantly rushing to her rescue.

Luke and Blubber Bear in the Arkansas Chuggabug 8

Luke (voiced by John Stephenson) is a hillbilly who tends to drive while half-asleep; Blubber (also voiced by Stephenson) is his timid pet bear, clad in a scarf and early aviator's helmet with goggles. The Chuggabug is constructed of wood and is powered by a coal-fired pot-bellied stove in the rear of the vehicle. The stove can be prone to exploding, usually if another competitor blocks the exhaust. Luke tends to use low-tech means of improving the performance of his car. He could pour various liquors into the stove for a quick speed boost (but the stove would often explode afterward). He has also been shown using various balloons and gum type traps.

Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific 9

A gentleman driver (voiced by Daws Butler) driving a dragster. The Turbo Terrific, despite its name and Peter's adulation, is highly unreliable; it often falls to pieces in the middle of a race, usually after Peter praises it for how well its doing. Peter Perfect has a crush on Penelope "Pretty Penny" Pitstop, who often returns his affections. The Turbo Terrific seems to be able to sprout an additional 4 rear wheels giving 8 wheels in total for extra speed.

Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth in the Buzzwagon 10

Rufus Ruffcut (voiced by Daws Butler) is a tough, muscle-bound lumberjack, while Sawtooth (voiced by Don Messick) is his anthropomorphic pet beaver. The Buzzwagon is a wagon made of logs, with buzzsaws for wheels, hence its name. The buzzsaws gave the car the ability to cut through almost anything, destroying the object in the process.

The Narrator

Every episode is introduced and commented on by an unseen Narrator (Dave Willock), who often communicates with the racers as they drive. The racers respond by speaking to the audience, breaking the fourth wall. Dick Dastardly has oddly nicknamed the Narrator 'Boopsie.'


The other characters seem to get on with each other, they are often seen (especially Pat Pending) helping each other out of traps set by Dastardly. They also at times use "dirty tricks" on each other (Army Surplus shooting other cars or Gruesome Twosome using their Dragon). Some of these tricks are as bad as Dastardly's, but they seem to get away with them.

Voice cast

  • Daws Butler – Rock Slag, Big Gruesome, Red Max, Sergeant Blast, Peter Perfect, Rufus Ruffcut
  • Don Messick – Muttley, Gravel Slag, Little Gruesome, Professor Pat Pending, Ring-a-Ding, Sawtooth
  • John Stephenson – Luke and Blubber Bear
  • Janet Waldo – Penelope Pitstop
  • Paul Winchell – Dick Dastardly, Private Meekly, Clyde
  • Dave Willock – Narrator


  • WR-1. See Saw to Arkansas (35–1)/Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist (35–2) (9/14/1968)
  • WR-2. Why Oh Why Wyoming (35–3)/Beat the Clock to Yellow Rock (35–4) (9/21/1968)
  • WR-3. Mish-Mash Missouri Dash (35–6)/Idaho a Go-Go (35–5) (9/28/1968)
  • WR-4. Baja-Ha-Ha Race (35–11)/Real Gone Ape (35–8) (10/5/1968)
  • WR-5. Scout Scatter (35–7)/Free Wheeling to Wheeling (35–10) (10/12/1968)
  • WR-6. By Rollercoaster to Ups an' Downs (35–9)/The Speedy Arkansas Traveller (35–12) (10/19/1968)
  • WR-7. Zippy-Mississippi Race (35–15)/Traffic Jambalaya (35–17) (10/26/1968)
  • WR-8. Hot Race at Chillicothe (35–16)/The Wrong Lumber Race (35–18) (11/2/1968)
  • WR-9. Rhode Island Road Race (35–19)/The Great Cold Rush Race (35–13) (11/9/1968)
  • WR-10. Wacky Race to Rip Saw (35–20)/Oils Well That Ends Well (35–21) (11/16/1968)
  • WR-11. Whizzing to Washington (35–22)/The Dipsy-Doodle Desert Derby(35–24) (11/23/1968)
  • WR-12. Eeny, Miny Missouri Go! (35–14)/The Super Silly Swamp Sprint (35–23) (11/30/1968)
  • WR-13. The Dopey Dakota Derby (35–27)/Dash to Delaware (35–26) (12/7/1968)
  • WR-14. Speeding for Smogland (35–28)/Race Rally to Raleigh (35–25) (12/14/1968)
  • WR-15. Ballpoint, Penn, or Bust! (35–30)/Fast Track to Hackensack (35–29) (12/21/1968)
  • WR-16. The Ski Resort Road Race (35–33)/The Overseas Hi-Way Race (35–34) (12/28/1968)
  • WR-17. Race to Racine (35–31)/The Carlsbad or Bust Bash (35–32) (1/4/1969)


Penelope Pitstop and the Ant Hill Mob were spun off into another cartoon series in 1969, The Perils of Penelope Pitstop. Also in 1969, Dick Dastardly and Muttley were given a spin-off, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. The series is sometimes mistakenly known as Stop The Pigeon, after the show's working title and theme song.


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  2. Wacky Races/TUGS
  3. Wacky Races/Sonic
  4. Wacky Races/Skarloey
  5. Wacky Races/Jack and The Pack
  6. Wacky Races/The Jungle Book
  7. Wacky Races/Shining Time Station
  8. Wacky Races/Phineas and Ferb
  9. Wacky Races/Winnie The Pooh
  10. Wacky Races/Cyberchase
  11. Wacky Races/Tiny Toon Adventures
  12. Wacky Races/Mountain Engines
  13. Wacky Races/Alice in Wonderland
  14. Wacky Races/The Wiggles
  15. Wacky Races/Mario
  16. Wacky Races/Cars
  17. Wacky Races/T.U.F.F. Puppy
  18. Wacky Races/The Little Engine That Could
  19. Wacky Races/Powerpuff Girls
  20. Wacky Races/The Simpsons
  21. Wacky Races/Family Guy
  22. Wacky Races/Horrid Henry
  23. Wacky Races/Theodore Tugboat
  24. Wacky Races/South Park
  25. Wacky Races/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
  26. Wacky Races/Looney Tunes
  27. Wacky Races/Arthur
  28. Wacky Races/Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  29. Wacky Races/Toy Story
  30. Wacky Races/Spongebob
  31. Wacky Races/Chuggington
  32. Wacky Races/Garfield
  33. Wacky Races/The Big Comfy Couch
  34. Wacky Races/Thomas and The Magic Railroad
  35. Wacky Races/Calling All Engines
  36. Wacky Races/Pinocchio
  37. Wacky Races/Hero of the Rails
  38. Wacky Races/Robin Hood
  39. Wacky Races/Peter Pan
  40. Wacky Races/The Aristocats
  41. Wacky Races/Aladdin
  42. Wacky Races/Rugrats
  43. Wacky Races/The Lion King
  44. Wacky Races/Beauty & The Beast
  45. Wacky Races/VeggieTales
  46. Wacky Races/Sleeping Beauty
  47. Wacky Races/Pocahontas
  48. Wacky Races/The Sword in the Stone
  49. Wacky Races/Mickey Mouse
  50. Wacky Races/WALL-E
  51. Wacky Races/101 Dalmatians
  52. Wacky Races/Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends
  53. Wacky races/the iron giant
  54. Wacky Races/Sooty
  55. Wacky Races/Sesame Street
  56. Wacky Races/Wallace and Gromit
  57. Wacky Races/The Fairly Oddparents
  58. Wacky Races/Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory
  59. Wacky Races/Play with Me Sesame
  60. Wacky Races/A Bug's Life
  61. Wacky Races/Bolt
  62. Wacky Races/Shrek
  63. Wacky Races/Finding Nemo
  64. Wacky Races/Chicken Run
  65. Wacky Races/Woody Woodpecker
  66. Wacky Races/Ted (2012)
  67. Wacky Races/The Magic Roundabout
  68. Wacky Races/Tom & Jerry
  69. Wacky Races/Dexter's Laboratory
  70. Wacky Races/Pocoyo
  71. Wacky Races/Fireman Sam
  72. Wacky Races/Postman Pat
  73. Wacky Races/Harry Potter
  74. Wacky Races/Budgie the Little Helicopter
  75. Wacky Races/Hey Arnold
  76. Wacky Races/Rocko's Modern Life
  77. Wacky Races/Mr. Meaty
  78. Wacky Races/Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  79. Wacky Races/Lazytown
  80. Wacky Races/The Wind in The Willows
  81. Wacky Races/Tweenies
  82. Wacky Races/Dora the Explorer
  83. Wacky Races/The Mighty B!
  84. Wacky Races/The Polar Express
  85. Wacky Races/Bob the Builder
  86. Wacky Races/Mega Man X
  87. Wacky Races/The Wizard of Oz
  88. Wacky Races/Cars 2
  89. Wacky Races/Young Ones
  90. Wacky Races/Planes
  91. Wacky Races/Mater's Tall Tales
  92. Wacky Races/Rosie & Jim
  93. Wacky Races/Tots TV
  94. Wacky Races/Robots
  95. Wacky Races/Are You Being Served?
  96. Wacky Races/Matilda
  97. Wacky Races/Charlie Brown
  98. Wacky Races/Batman
  99. Wacky Races/The Angry Policeman
  100. Wacky Races/Byron
  101. Wacky Races/Henry
  102. Wacky Races/Toby
  103. Wacky Races/Harold
  104. Wacky Races/Scruff
  105. Wacky Races/Diesel 10
  106. Wacky Races/Boulder
  107. Wacky Races/Tiger Moth
  108. Wacky Races/Trevor
  109. Wacky Races/Gordon
  110. Wacky Races/Bert
  111. Wacky Races/Oakie Doke
  112. Wacky Races/Teletubbies
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  114. Wacky Races/The Animal Shelf
  115. Wacky Races/Pingu
  116. Wacky Races/Barney
  117. Wacky Races/Charlie Chalk
  118. Wacky Races/In the Night Garden
  119. Wacky Races/Pokemon
  120. Wacky Races/Sooty
  121. Wacky Races/Noddy's Toyland Adventures
  122. Wacky Races/Fraggle Rock
  123. Wacky Races/Grease
  124. Wacky Races/Muppets From Space
  125. Wacky Races/Tiny Toon Adventures
  126. Wacky Races/Animaniacs
  127. Wacky Races/Turbo (2013)
  128. Wacky Races/Handy Manny
  129. Wacky Races/The LEGO Movie
  130. Wacky Races/The Angry Beavers
  131. Wacky Races/Caillou
  132. Wacky Races/Chalk Zone
  133. Wacky Races/My LIfe as a Teenage Robot
  134. Wacky Races/Catdog
  135. Wacky Races/Rocket Power
  136. Wacky Races/Kipper the Dog
  137. Wacky Races/Beavis & Butthead
  138. Wacky Races/Rescue Heroes
  139. Wacky Races/Clifford the Big Red Dog
  140. Wacky Races/Wild Kratts
  141. Wacky Races/Shining Time Station
  142. Wacky Races/Evil Con Carne
  143. Wacky Races/Camp Lazlo
  144. Wacky Races/Time Squad
  145. Wacky Races/Robot Chicken
  146. Wacky Races/Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
  147. Wacky Races/The Wild Thornberrys
  148. Wacky Races/As Told By Ginger
  149. Wacky Races/Courage the Cowardly Dog
  150. Wacky Races/Squirrel Boy
  151. Wacky Races/Recess
  152. Wacky Races/Casper
  153. Wacky Races/The Nightmare Before Christmas
  154. Wacky Races/Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  155. Wacky Races/Rayman
  156. Wacky Races/Danger Mouse
  157. Wacky Races/Count Duckula
  158. Wacky Races/Bananaman
  159. Wacky Races/Air bud
  160. Wacky Races/Madeline
  161. Wacky Races/The Thief & The Cobbler
  162. Wacky Races/Paulie
  163. Wacky Races/Alice in Wonderland
  164. Wacky Races/The Jungle Book
  165. Wacky Races/Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  166. Wacky Races/Pocahontas
  167. Wacky Races/Hercules
  168. Wacky Races/Tarzan
  169. Wacky Races/Mighty Joe Young
  170. Wacky Races/Rugrats In Paris
  171. Wacky Races/Shrek
  172. Wacky Races/Baby Einstein
  173. Wacky Races/The Big Comfy Couch
  174. Wacky Races/Dr. Seuss
  175. Wacky Races/Total Drama
  176. Wacky Races/Brandy and Mr. Whiskers
  177. Wacky Races/Ed, Edd & Eddy
  178. Wacky Races/Father Ted
  179. Wacky Races/Flubber
  180. Wacky Races/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald Mcdonald
  181. Wacky Races/Rolie Polie Olie
  182. Wacky Races/South Park :Bigger Longer & Uncut
  183. Wacky Races/The Nightmare Before Christmas
  184. Wacky Races/Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  185. Wacky Races/Budgie the Little Helicopter
  186. Wacky Races/The Pink Panther
  187. Wacky Races/Uncle Grandpa
  188. Wacky Races/Bee Movie
  189. Wacky Races/Mumfie
  190. Wacky Races/The Nightmare Before Christmas
  191. Wacky Races/Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  192. Wacky Races/Annoying Orange
  193. Wacky Races/Darkwing Duck
  194. Wacky Races/Crash Bandicoot
  195. Wacky Races/The Thief and The Cobbler
  196. Wacky Races/Paulie
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  198. Wacky Races/South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut
  199. Wacky Races/Monster House
  200. Wacky Races/The Cat in The Hat
  201. Wacky Races/Maya & Miguel
  202. Wacky Races/The Amazing World Of Gumball
  203. Wacky Races/Regular Show
  204. Wacky Races/Brandy and Mr. Whiskers
  205. Wacky Races/Ed, Edd ,N, Eddy
  206. Wacky Races/Cars
  207. Wacky Races/Mater's Tall Tales
  208. Wacky Races/Paulie
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  212. Wacky Races/Rick & Morty
  213. Wacky Races/How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
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  215. Wacky Races/Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
  216. Wacky Races/Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)
  217. Wacky Races/Beethoven
  218. Wacky Races/Animaniacs
  219. Wacky Races/Bear in the Big Blue House
  220. Wacky Races/T.U.F.F. Puppy
  221. Wacky Races/My Gym Partner's a Monkey
  222. Wacky Races/Veggietales
  223. Wacky Races/Tekken
  224. Wacky Races/Street Fighter
  225. Wacky Races/The Legend Of Zelda
  226. Wacky Races/Mater's Tall Tales
  227. Wacky Races/The Pink Panther
  228. Wacky Races/The Berenstain Bears
  229. Wacky Races/Sheep in the Big City
  230. Wacky Races/Whatever Happened To Robot Jones?
  231. Wacky Races/Mater's Tall Tales
  232. Wacky Races/Fat Dog Mendoza
  233. Wacky Races/Sanjay and Craig
  234. Wacky Races/Harvey Beaks
  235. Wacky Races/Doug
  236. Wacky Races/Catscratch
  237. Wacky Races/Captain Underpants
  238. Wacky Races/F-Zero
  239. Wacky Races/The Great Mouse Detective
  240. Wacky Races/Epic (2013)
  241. Wacky Races/Skunk Fu
  242. Wacky Races/Osmosis Jones
  243. Wacky Races/Hotel Transylvania
  244. Wacky Races/Super Mario Bros. Z
  245. Wacky Races/Angry Birds
  246. Wacky Races/Fraggle Rock
  247. Wacky Races/Seinfeld
  248. Wacky Races/Kiki's Delivery Service
  249. Wacky Races/Boohbah
  250. Wacky Races/Underground Ernie
  251. Wacky Races/Boohbah
  252. Wacky Races/Mater's Tall Tales
  253. Wacky Races/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
  254. Wacky Races/Mater's Tall Tales
  255. Wacky Races/The Wacky Adventures of Ronald McDonald
  256. Wacky Races/Big Hero 6 (2014)
  257. Wacky Races/The Boxtrolls (2014)
  258. Wacky Races/South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut
  259. Wacky Races/Bonkers
  260. Wacky Races/Judge Judy
  261. Wacky Races/The Secret of Nimh
  262. Wacky Races/Jojo's Circus
  263. Wacky Races/PAW Patrol
  264. Wacky Races/Balamory
  265. Wacky Races/Mister Maker
  266. Wacky Races/Higglytown Heroes
  267. Wacky Races/Razzledazzle
  268. Wacky Races/Fimbles

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