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  • "Wacky Races" was inspired by movies such as "The Great Race" (1965) and "Monte Carlo or Bust" (1969).

  • Each 30 minute show had 2 episodes (races).

  • The voice of the narrator was provided by Dave Willock.

  • The Slag Brothers first names were "Rock" and "Gravel".

  • The Gruesome Twosome were individually known as "Big Gruesome" and "Little Gruesome".

  • The Gruesome Twosome also had a fire breathing pet dragon in the back of their car, which added wing power to their spooky Gothic towered hotrod.

  • The Ant Hill Mob consisted of seven characters named: Danny, Ring-A-Ding, Kurby, Rug-Bug Benny, Mac, Cylde, and Willy.

  • Red Max has a car (The Crimson Haybailer) based on a World War I bi-plane - no doubt inspired by real life German air ace, the infamous Red Baron.

  • The Mean Machine used vicious spikes protruding from it's wheels that can rip through steel - this trick was employed by Roman chariot racers as a way of immobilising their opponents.

  • Penelope Pitstop went on to star in her own series "The Perils of Penelope Pitstop" (1969), also starring the Ant Hill Mob - who traded their Bullet Proof Bomb for Chugga-boom.

  • Dick Dastardly & Muttley went on to star in their own series "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines" (1969).

  • The Slag Brothers (Rock and Gravel) undoubtedly inspired the series "Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels" (1977), also by Hanna-Barbera.

  • Hanna-Barbera produced the animated version of "The Addams Family" (1973) - although no direct comparison can be made to the Gruesome Twosome driving the Creepy Coupe!