Friday, May 24, 2013

Cartoonish Car Culture

In a recent commercial for the 208 supermini, Peugeot pays tribute to the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated television series Wacky Races. Among the daffy drivers putting in an appearance are the Slag Brothers (Rock and Gravel) in the Bouldermobile #1, the Grusome Twosome in the Creepy Coupe #2, the Red Max in the Crimson Haybailer #4, Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat #5, Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly in the Army Surplus Special #6, the Ant Hill Mob in the Bulletproof Bomb #7, Peter Perfect in the Turbo Terrific #9, and Dick Dastardly and Muttley in the Mean Machine #00.

FYI -- the racers often appear at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England, along side supercharged Formula 1 vehicles and classic roadsters. This year’s event takes place July 11–14.

(Shout-out: Cartoon Art Museum)

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