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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Superhero: Vroom-a-Zoom-Zoom

Before Optimus Prime of the Transformers and before KITT of Knight Rider, there was another vehicular superhero racing to preserve justice and freedom: Speed Buggy.
Voiced by Mel Blanc, Speed Buggy was one of the many Scooby-Doo clones that Hanna Barbera released in the 1970s to capitalize on the popularity of those meddling kids and their dumb dog.
The Speed Buggy team consisted of three teens: Mark (the token leading man-type), Debbie (the token hottie), and Tinker (who looked like Shaggy but sounded like Gomer Pyle), the team mechanic. Speed Buggy and company were usually on their way to some race somewhere, but stopped on the way to uncover a mystery or thwart a spy ring.
Speed Buggy, unlike his canine counterpart in Scooby-Doo was usually eager to jump into the fray and utilize his special gadgetry to save the day.

Interesting note about Mark: he was one of the few Native American cartoon characters, but was not colored as such until the Speed Buggy team joined the Mystery Machine gang for a Scooby-Doo movie years later.
This is the sort of thing that Sacheen Littlefeather was talking about, dudes.


D said...

Got a question. There was a saturday or sunday morning show that was similar to Speed Buggy but it was a real show not a cartoon. It was out around the same time. I remember it was an old dilapidated vehicle and would transform to a shiny speedbuggy. Any ideas what that was called?

Brady Darnell said...

Thanks for reading and commenting, D!
That show, I believe, would be WONDERBUG, from the Krofft production house.