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-1999 Mach 5 Prototype
-The Official Mach 5 Signature Series
-Steering Wheel Controls
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"Here he comes, here comes Speed Racer"
Speed Racer
Japan U.S.A.
Title: Mach Go Go Go Speed Racer
Air Dates: 1967-1968 1967-1968
Episodes: 52 TV Episodes 52 TV Episodes
Company: Tatsunoko Productions -
Created By: Tatsuo Yoshida

Originally a Japanese comic strip called "Mach Go Go Go", the animated series Speed Racer has now become a cult classic and one of the most popular "Japanimated" series to hit the U.S. airwaves. Featuring Speed and his ultimate driving machine, the Mach 5, Speed Racer combines racing with intrigue. Joining Speed is an unforgettable cast of characters, including Mom and Pops Racer, girlfriend Trixie, little brother Spritle and his pet monkey Chim Chim, mechanic Sparky, and the mysterious Racer X.

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1999 Mach 5 Prototype

The Mach 5 Prototype at the Petersen Automotive Museum
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The Official Mach 5 Signature Series�

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The Official Mach 5 Signature Series�
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The Mach 5 Steering Wheel Controls

   Here is a picture of the steering wheel from the cartoon show. The Mach 5 Steering Wheel
Control A: �Releases powerful jacks to boost the car so that Sparky, our mechanic, can quickly make any necessary repairs or adjustments.� Although designed for this practical function, the auto jacks have also been used to �leap� the car short distances at high speeds, as a wedge to prevent the car from toppling over a waterfall, as an alternative braking systems, and as a tool to crush cars in a car-wrestling match.

Control B: Sprouts special grip tires for traction over any kind of terrain. At the same time, 5,000 horsepower is distributed equally to each wheel by auxiliary engines.� Definition of �any kind of terrain�: firm, icy, or unsteady ground; ocean floor; vertical mountainsides.

Control C: �For use traveling over heavily wooded terrain. Powerful rotary saws protrude from the front of the Mach 5 to slash and cut any and all obstacles.� The rotary saws have also been used as a means of self-defense.

Control D: �Releases a powerful deflector which seals the cockpit into an air-conditioned, bullet- and crash-proof, and water-tight chamber. Inside it, I am completely isolated and shielded.� The deflector also protects against sleeping gas.

Control E: �The control for special illumination which can be traversed singly or in tandem, and which enables me to see much farther and more clearly than with ordinary headlights. It�s invaluable in some weird and dangerous places that I race the Mach 5.� When used with the �night shades� attached to Speed�s helmet, his vision is enhanced with infrared light.

Control F: �Used when the Mach 5 is under water. First, the cockpit is supplied with oxygen. Then, a periscope is raised to scan the surface of the water. Everything that is seen is relayed down to me by television.� The 100-pound auxiliary supply of oxygen is enough to last for thirty minutes.

Control G: �Releases a homing robot from the front of the car. The homing robot can carry pictures or tape recorded messages to whomever or whenever I want to send them.� The robot also can carry handwritten messages, X-ray film, rope, and small Egyptian statues, and it has been used as a means of defense. The bird-like device is operated by a built-in remote control within the cockpit. A separate button sends the robot �home.�
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Theme Song
The Speed Racer Theme Song

Here he comes
Here comes Speed Racer
He's a demon on wheels
He's a demon and he's gonna be chasin' after someone

He's gainin' on you
So you better look alive
He's busy revvin' up the powerful Mach 5

And when the odds are against him
And there's dangerous work to do
You bet your life Speed Racer will see it through

Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer, GO!

He's off and flyin'
As he guns the car around the track
He's jammin' down the pedal
Like he's never comin' back
Adventure's waitin' just ahead

Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer, GO!
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