The Creepy Coupe – car in ‘Wacky Races’ animated TV series

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The Creepy Coupe is the #2 car in Wacky Races, Hanna Barbera’s popular cartoon, first aired in 1968. It is driven by The Gruesome Twosome (echoing the title of Herschell Gordon Lewis’s film of 1967), Big and Little Gruesome and their vehicle houses a dragon in the upper part of the car which is fashioned into a belfry.

Big Gruesome (a lurching, huge humanoid character) was voiced by Daws Butler, one of Hanna-Barbera’s most oft-used voice talents; he can be heard, amongst hundreds of others, as Yogi Bear, Bingo from The Banana Splits and Hair Bear from Help! It’s The Hairbear Bunch. His more diminutive companion, a purple-skinned vampire, was voiced by  Don Messick, who also performed the vocal requirements for Muttley and in other cartoons, such as Scooby Doo (the Great Dane himself) and junior annoyance Godzooky in the animated Godzilla series.


The vehicle, as well as housing a dragon, also comes with resident bats, ghosts, snakes and other horror characters, all of which aid them along their route by attacking their competitors or rescuing them from disaster; the dragon even allowed them to fly short distances. Using a Formula 1-style points system, it has been calculated that the Creepy Coupe would have finished in 4th position, over the course of three series.

Contestants Car Name Car # 1st 2nd 3rd Top 3 Points
The Slag Brothers The Boulder Mobile 1 3 8 3 14 87
Rufus Ruffcut and Sawtooth The Buzzwagon 10 3 6 4 13 79
The Ant Hill Mob The Bulletproof Bomb 7 4 5 2 11 74
The Gruesome Twosome The Creepy Coupe 2 3 3 6 12 69
Penelope Pitstop The Compact Pussycat 5 4 2 5 11 68
The Red Max The Crimson Haybailer 4 3 4 3 10 63
Professor Pat Pending The Convert-A-Car 3 3 2 5 10 59
Luke and Blubber Bear The Arkansas Chugabug 8 4 1 4 9 58
Peter Perfect The Turbo Terrific 9 4 2 2 8 56
Sergeant Blast and Private Meekley The Army Surplus Special 6 3 1 0 4 33
Dick Dastardly and Muttley The Mean Machine 00 0 0 0 0 0
Grand Totals 34 34 34 102 646

Daz Lawrence, moviesandmania


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