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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.
- Catch Phrase:
- Tinker's "Gol-LY!"
- Also, Speed Buggy's "Va-room-a-zoom-zoom!" and "Roger dodger!"
- Scooby's All-Star Laff-a-Lympics - Tinker and Speedy played for the Scooby-Doobies.
- Harvey Birdman - Tinker, Mark, Debbie and Speedy appeared in an episode.
- Appeared as the Crossover Punchline on the Johnny Bravo episode "Bravo-Dooby-Doo".
- A toy Speed Buggy appears in The Powerpuff Girls episode "Gettin' Twiggy With It."
- Speed Buggy is one of the sidekicks in episode 14 of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Earlier than that, Scooby and Speedy met in the 1973 Scooby Doo Movies episode "The Weird Winds Of Winona."
- Expy: Mark, Debbie and (especially) Tinker bear a passing resemblance to Fred, Daphne and Shaggy.
- Handy Remote Control: Speed Buggy can be forcibly controlled by a special remote control of Tinker's design.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Tinker's voice sounded exactly like Jim Nabors' character from The Andy Griffith Show.
- Sentient Vehicle
- Verbal Tic: The various automotive "sputtering" Speed Buggy makes.