Speed Racer

(ended 1968)




Episode Guide

  • Specials
    • Speed Racer
      Speed Racer
      Episode 1
      Hurtling down the track, careening around, over and through the competition, Speed Racer is a natural behind the wheel. Born to race cars, Speed is aggressive, instinctive and, most of all, fearless. His only real competition is the memory of the brother he idolized--the legendary Rex Racer--whose death in a race has left behind a legacy that Speed is driven to fulfill. Speed is loyal to the family racing business, led by his father, Pops Racer, the designer of Speed's thundering Mach 5. When Speed turns down a lucrative and tempting offer from Royalton Industries, he not only infuriates the company's maniacal owner but uncovers a terrible secret--some of the biggest races are being fixed by a handful of ruthless moguls who manipulate the top drivers to boost profits. If Speed won't drive for Royalton, Royalton will see to it that the Mach 5 never crosses another finish line. The only way for Speed to save his family's business and the sport he loves is to beat Royalton at his own game. With the support of his family and his loyal girlfriend, Trixie, Speed teams with his one-time rival--the mysterious Racer X--to win the race that had taken his brother's life: the death-defying, cross-country rally known as The Crucible.moreless
    • Sabotage
      Episode 1
      The commercial opens with the Mach 5's spinning tire; "Sabotage" is superimposed over it. The minute Japanese script at the bottom of the screen translates to: "Produced for Volkswagen of America by Arnold Communications and J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, 1996." At the race-track, Speed announces to the regular cast of characters (sans Racer X) that "the Mach 5 has been sabotaged!" Inspector Detector arrives and hands Speed the keys to a red GTI. "Huh? The Volkswagen GTI?" A checkerboard wipe takes the viewer to the race. Trixie, from the passenger seat, urges Speed on. Cars clank. Speed swerves to avoid colliding with his competitors, who crash through the guardrail. Speed crosses the finish line and wins. "This GTI is amazing!" The next scene shows an exuberant Pops and Sparky in the back seat of the GTI. Pops responds, "And it's got room for four!" The ubiquitous stowaways, Spritle and Chim Chim, pop up exclaiming, "Make that six!" While a modernized version of the Speed Racer theme song plays, Speed recites the campaign's tag line: "On the road of life there are passengers and there are drivers." Speed drives the GTI toward the viewer and hops out of the vehicle. He freezes in his infamous "go" position, The Volkswagen logo and "Drivers Wanted" appear over a white background to close the spot.moreless
    • The Speed Racer Show
    • Geico
      Episode 3
      A spot for Geico stars cartoon legend Speed Racer who is advised that the bridge is out ahead. That's bad news for Speed Racer, but Trixie, who transmitted the news to him that she saw in her helicopter, is more concerned with her good news about the Geico savings.
  • Season 1