Wednesday, May 19th 2010
Roger Dodger, Speed Buggy article ready to go! Vroom-a-zoom-zoom! Ah Speed Buggy one of the most beloved cartoon tv cars of the late 70's. Even though I was born in the 80's doesn't mean I didn't enjoy re-runs of the show. Not to be confused Scooby Doo, the show Speed Buggy was about a teenage cartoon detective team created by Hanna Barbara. If you've seen the show you would know the car Speed Buggy came to life after Tinker and gang built him. The opening credits does a great job of explaining the origin of the crazy car. Some say Herbie the love bug was the inspiration for the car. But where did the voice come from? That was none other than Hanna Barbara's Mel Blanc, voice to famous characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and more. Check out the opening credits.Final Thoughts
One of my favorite parts of Speed Buggy, is the opening credits where they create the car. You can see the team working on the engine. Which I think looks like a hybrid between a Volkswagen engine and a Ford Flat-Head design. Gotta love the big exhaust headers. Not to mention the spitting and sputtering sounds Speed Buggy makes as he talks. At the time of the show, fiberglass Volkswagen/Dune Buggy conversions were really popular. Especially the Manx body kits. I think that may be part of why I enjoyed the show so much. You can find out more about those designs at the Manx Club site. Die hard Speed Buggy fans need to check out Saturday Morning Cartoons: 1970s Vol. 1 That's a great collection of not only Speed Buggy cartoons, but also some of your other 70's cartoon favorites as well! We'll that's all for now folks! See ya next time here at OnScreenCars.com!