Wacky Races was a successful cartoon series produced by Hanna-Barbera. Characters included Penelope ("heyelp!") Pitstop, Dick Dastardly and Muttley, The Anthill Mob, The Slag Brothers and many more.
The series features eleven different cars racing against each other in various road rallies, with each driver hoping to win the title of the "World's Wackiest Racer."
Believe it or not, the show was actually produced in the 60s and first ran on CBS in the U.S. between September 1968 and September 1970. Just 17 episodes were produced and each one features two separate races.
Wacky Races had many repeat showings throughout the 1970's in both America and the UK.
In Wacky Races, Penelope Pitstop drives a pink car loaded with beauty products called the Compact Pussycat, almost like a beauty salon on wheels! The car didn't feature in The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop, a spin-off of Wacky Races which was first shown on September 13th 1969. Instead, she usually drove a green sports car.
The cartoon show lasted for two seasons - 17 episodes - and also featured the Ant Hill Mob. Dick Dastardly and Muttley also featured in earlier episodes but were later dropped. Other characters that didn't feature in Wacky Races were The Hooded Claw (he didn't have a hood or a claw!) and his evil helpers the Bully Brothers.
The complete series of Wacky Races is still popular at Amazon, 42 years after it was originally released!
Dick Dastardly and Muttley
The Ant Hill Mob
Her catchphrase is "Help, help!" (spoken in an affected upper-class U.S. South accent).
"I'll protect you from the Hooded Claw". Except he is wearing a hat (not a hood) and doesn't appear to have a claw!