The BEST Episodes of Speed Racer
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 29, 2020
Speed Racer is an eighteen year old race car driver, and is one of the youngest in the international racing circuit. Speed is motivated by the disappearance of his older brother to become the greatest driver in the world. Driving the car his father built for him, the Mach 5, He just may have what it takes to become the best. In addition to his masterful driving skills, Speed is a martial artist with a strong sense of justice and frequently finds himself battling terrorists, corrupt racers and criminals who want to win the races and hurt innocent people for their own crooked and twisted reasons. * Bonus - Mystery letters on speeds helmet & clothing demystified. In the original Japanese version Speed's name is Gô Mifune. HIs father who built the Mach-gō (The Mach 5) is named Daisuke Mifune. His Race Car company is named after the family name Mifune. So when Gô sports a white open-face helmet has an M on it (representing Mifune Motors), as does the car Mach-gō. When not racing he wears a blue shirt with a yellow "G" for his first name Gô. Trixie's name is Michi Shimura therefor the "M" adorning her blouse stands for Michi.
#1 - Race Around the World (2)
Season 1 - Episode 52 - Aired Mar 15, 1968
Speed and Sparky survive the crash and quickly catch up to the other racers. Speed saves Lovelace from an ice crevice in Antarctica. In Sahara, a wind storm buries the races in the sand. On the last leg of the race, Speed gives Lovelace some of his gas. After Speed runs out of gas, Racer X shows up and gives Speed a lecture about his duty to win as a professional racer vs. his desire to help his competitors, and leaves a gas can. Speed wins the race becoming world champion race and Lovelace reveals herself to her father.
#2 - The Trick Race
Season 1 - Episode 50 - Aired Mar 8, 1968
This is a sequel to the 'The Most Dangerous Race' and takes place one year after the events related in that episode. It involves a group of international spies tricking the Car Acrobatic Team and Speed Racer into having a race. The race is to lure out Racer X who the spies have figured out is Speed's older brother. In addition the spies have planted bombs in the cars of the Car Acrobatic Team to blow up Speed. In the end it is the spies who get blown up. Also Speed figures out that Racer X is his brother Rex and asks him. Racer X knocks out Speed, removes his mask, and vows to stop being a racer and become a full time secret agent.
#3 - Challenge of the Masked Racer (1)
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 30, 1967
Speed and Trixie drive to the shipyard where the Masked Racer's car is being unloaded for the upcoming Trans Country Race. Trixie hints to Speed that he should enter the race. He hesitantly agrees. At the Racer homestead, while watching TV, Pops learns that Speed has entered the race. He "blows a gasket" and reminisces about the loss of his oldest son, Rex, who joined a race without his permission. At the brink of victory, Rex crashed the car Pops had built. Although Rex was uninjured, Pops refused to let him drive again, citing Rex's lack of experience. Consequently, Rex vowed never to return home. Meanwhile, the Alpha Team is holding a secret conference to plot a way to win the race. Mr. Wiley tells Mr. Fixer and Alpha Team driver Zoomer Slick to "pull the dirty trick first." Determined to beat the Masked Racer, Speed sneaks out in the middle of the night and goes to the track. Despite heavy rains he is not deterred. The Masked Racer warns him to stay out of the race.
#4 - The Man on the Lam
Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired Dec 29, 1967
A bank robber escapes from prison and forces Speed to take him to where he hid the money. Other gangsters try to get the money. The convict dies, but asks that his eyes be given to his daughter, who is blind.
#5 - Race Around the World (1)
Season 1 - Episode 51 - Aired Mar 15, 1968
Mr. Goldminter is offering a large amount of gold and the hand of his daughter Lovelace to whoever wins his Around the World Race. Lovelace and her guardian Oscar enter the race to teach her father a lesson. The race uses several vehicles including hovercraft, biplanes, and subs. Team 4 cheats to win including having spikes from their hubs. Lovelace wreck her boat on the first water leg and Speed saves her from sharks. On the air leg team 4 uses both a blade and a long cable to knock several planes including Speed's out of the sky.
#6 - The Most Dangerous Race (3)
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 21, 1967
It is the second day of the Big Alpine Race and no one has been able to cross the chasm except for Racer X. In a nearby lodge, Trixie, Sparky, Spritle, and Chim Chim await the passage of the storm. Two drivers deliver the news of what happened at the pass. Trixie and the gang leave in her helicopter to rescue Speed. The next morning, Speed regains consciousness, discovering that he is unable to see. Somehow, he finds the Mach 5 and starts its engine. Snake Oiler cruises by "on his way to victory." Using his acute sense of hearing, Speed follows the sound of Racer X's car, which leads him back onto the racecourse. However, the Mach 5's wheels get stuck and Racer X leaves him behind. What goes around, comes around: Racer X crashes, his legs apparently broken. Speed finds him and, together as a team in the Mach 5, they plan to overtake Snake and win the race.
#7 - Challenge of the Masked Racer (2)
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 30, 1967
The Masked Racer takes Speed to his house. He is really Speed's older brother, Rex Racer. Speed awakens. A quick look around the room finds the Masked Racer in the shower and his mask on the chair. Speed tries on the mask and is knocked unconscious by an intruder. Outside the house, Trixie arrives and sees "the Masked Racer" seated between two men. She asks if they've seen Speed. They drive away with Spritle and Chim Chim hiding in the trunk. At Wiley's mansion, Speed's mask is removed. Fixer walks in with Spritle and Chim Chim as prisoners; Chim Chim escapes and finds Trixie. Speed and Spritle are tied up. Ultimately, the Masked Racer rescues them. On race day, the Racers watch the event on television. At the track, Spritle overhears Mr. Fixer give his thugs the order to fill the Masked Racer's radiator with gasoline. Spritle and Chim Chim switch the drums so that an Alpha Team member's car explodes. The Masked Racer's car blows a tire, but he continues on three wheels.
#8 - The Great Plan (1)
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 23, 1967
After winning a practice race, Speed Racer is offered a position on a team set to race in the Grand Prix. The company who employs his father, Pops Racer, a top engineer, owns the team. However, Speed declines because Pops doesn't want him to become a pro. Meanwhile, Pops quits when his plans to improve the Mach 5 are rejected. While Pops and Speed are driving home, a gang of motorcycle racers steals their plans. Trixie, in her helicopter, runs the gang off the road and the plans are recovered. Back at the cyclist headquarters, bad guy Acey Ducey shows up and offers to get the plans for "5,000 clams." He confronts Pops but leaves empty-handed as Pops has hidden the designs on the Mach 5's windshield using invisible ink. Deciding to sell the Mach 5 so Pops can rebuild the engine, Speed visits Sparky, who suggests that Speed enter the Sword Mountain Race for a $5,000 prize. While Speed takes the Mach 5 out for a road test, "dirty driver" Duggery rams the car, causing it to blow a tire.
#9 - The Fastest Car on Earth (1)
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Nov 25, 1967
At midnight in a cemetery, the GRX racecar engine is unearthed. The following day Spritle and Chim are trapped inside a truck. It takes them to Oriana Flub's house, where Chim Chim is tied to a motorized go-cart. When the chimp comes to a stop, one of Oriana's men sprays a "formula" at him. As he takes off again, Oriana announces that "they'll win the Grand Prix of the Orient." At the track, a new racecar comes on the scene. Pops recognizes the sound of its engine. High in the stands, Oriana and her right-hand man, Omar watch while a thug sprays the driver of the mysterious car with the formula. At Oriana's house, Pops accuses her of stealing the engine "out of the tomb of Bent Cranium," the engine's inventor. Pops adds that five test drivers and Cranium died because of the GRX. Oriana knocks him out with "sleeper gas." Meanwhile, Speed in the Mach 5, along with Trixie and Sparky, follows a flatbed truck carrying the GRX race car.
#10 - The Secret Engine (1)
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 7, 1967
Speed, Spritle, and Chim Chim take the Mach 5 out for a test drive. The radio announces that Tongue Blaggard has escaped from prison. The Racers meet a girl and her grandfather whose Model T has broken down on the road. Speed offers to help, but the old man declines. Later, the Racers find the broken down Model T again. This time, the old man accepts Speed's help. While the Racers dine with the old man, the granddaughter, and his adopted children, Blaggard steals the Model T, hoping that it is the one that once belonged to the crook Light Fingers Clepto. Speed vows to recover the stolen vehicle. The old man, unashamed, tells who his father was. Trixie spots the Model T from her helicopter and brings it into Pops' garage for repairs. Before long, a line of Model T's has formed, all with engine trouble. Speed finds this peculiar and uncovers the old man's original engine, finding a secret code number etched on it by Light Fingers Clepto (the old man's father).
#11 - The Great Plan (2)
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 23, 1967
Speed resumes the Sword Mountain Race, neck and neck with Duggery. Ace and his gang approach from the opposite direction. Speed swerves off the road and uses his rotary saws to cut a path through the overgrown terrain. Trixie creates a temporary distraction, bombing the gang with smoke flares from her plane. At a cross-road, Duggery decides to take a "shortcut." Speed knows that the road leads to a dangerous volcano and sets out to rescue him. Meanwhile, Ace and his gang fire at Trixie. The plane plummets but Trixie escapes. At the edge of the volcano, Duggery is thrown from his car, and left dangling from a rock. Speed also ends up on a rock shelf after trying to rescue his competitor. They manage to reach safety but find that the gang surrounds the Mach 5, with Trixie taken hostage. Spritle and Chim Chim, who have hidden in the Mach 5's trunk, throw rocks at the gang while Speed, Duggery, and Trixie fight them off. Ace takes off in the Mach 5. Speed follows in hot pursuit.
#12 - The Fire Race (1)
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Nov 11, 1967
At the meeting of the League of Countries, the representative from Kapecapek announces his government's decision to close its borders to the outside world. An official proposes that if Kapecapek's racecar driver, named Kabala, beats Speed Racer, then its borders can remain closed. At the racetrack, Speed receives an invitation to the Fire Festival Race. Speed finds this peculiar because Kapecapek doesn't have a racetrack and Kabala has been missing for a long time. Nevertheless, Speed and company arrive in Kapecapek. They spot Racer X, who was also invited. That night Chief Zuma lets it be known that "the winner of the race will be bridegroom" to his granddaughter, Princess Sibana. He points out Speed as the probably winner. But when a jealous Trixie makes it clear that Speed is taken, another driver, Mr. Kadar, steps forward with his offer of matrimony. Later, Mr. Kadar captures the Princess and demands to know where the country's treasure is hidden. Speed comes to her rescue.
#13 - The Fire Race (2)
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 11, 1967
In the volcanic mountains of Kapecapek, Speed is competing in the most unusual race of his life. Kadar and his men find diamonds encrusted in the mountain wall. A creeping vine grabs his men (who escape), while Kadar holds Kabala at gunpoint. Speed throws a knife knocking the gun out of Kadar's hand. A fight ensues and Kabala's mask falls off, revealing Racer X. Racer X is about to give Speed an explanation when the ground caves in. Kadar and his thugs leave with the Kapecapekian treasure. Speed and Racer X find a way out. Racer X tells Speed that the real Kabala taught him "tricks on how to race on tortured roads and broken trails." Once Racer X turned professional, he had a race with his mentor, who, unfortunately, fell victim to a landslide. To return Kabala's kindness, Racer X disguised himself as Kabala to protect the Kapecapekian treasure. Kadar and his men succumb to the lava flow. Speed, followed by Racer X, exits the mountain just as it erupts and seals the split.
#14 - Girl Daredevil (1)
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Nov 18, 1967
At the base of a tall building, Speed and company watch Twinkle Banks, star of the Universal Circus, dive off the top. Then, at the circus, they watch Twinkle drive a racecar and perform daredevil stunts. She worries about maintaining the car's momentum and faints. Speed rescues Twinkle. While the girl daredevil rests in bed, a clown (her father) tells Speed that because of a money shortage, he's having difficulty keeping the track in good repair. Speed makes a donation. Later, Speed and Trixie learn on the radio that Twinkle will drive a car, balanced on two ropes, over Niagara Falls. Because of the strong winds Speed and Trixie try to stop Twinkle. Meanwhile, Cornpone Brush, who financed the stunt, tells the clown that Twinkle will perform regardless of the hazardous weather. When Speed and Trixie arrive, Twinkle is already making her way across the Falls. Away from the crowd, Brush reads an old map. It identifies a secret cave in back of the Falls that leads to treasure.
#15 - Gang of Assassins (1)
Season 1 - Episode 32 - Aired Jan 5, 1968
Early morning, somewhere in Japan, a group of black three-wheeled cars approach a pagoda, which is called the Cupola Castle. Using some very sophisticated equipment, some very nimble men in black gain entry. They plant a miniature bomb in a suit of armor. During the Fujiyama Grand Prix, Racer X is gaining on Speed, who has the lead in the 30th lap. Unknown to Speed, Racer X is his older brother Rex who ran away from home years ago. Racer X comments that Speed's even better than the last time he raced against him. The Mach Five just edges out the Shooting Star to win the race. Pops says that he wishes Rex could hear about Speed's victory. Rex does know because he's standing nearby disguised as Racer X. Speed and Trixie are off to do some sightseeing. Spritle wants to go, but Pops promises to buy him a pound of candied kumquats to leave the kids alone. Speed turns on the radio as he's cruising. First the sports news which details Speed's victory in the Fujiyama Grand Prix. Notice the ord
#16 - Crash in the Jungle (1)
Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired Jan 19, 1968
The episode opens in Africa with the scene of a lion chasing a leopard. As the two fight, a huge gorilla enters. Broken shackles dangle from the gorilla's wrists. Speed is flying to Africa. Professor Robert CarnivorÃ© is sitting next to Speed on the plane. He relates the story of a huge monster that lives near the mountain they're flying over. Speed will be participating in the Trans-Africa Grand Prix, a race which crosses the continent of Africa. He checked out the course and is on his way to Nairobi where the race will start. The pilot and co-pilot point weapons at the professor and Speed. They are exiles from the nation of Bangdabongo. CarnivorÃ© is also an ex-pat from Bangdabongo. The men need the professor's help to liberate their country which was taken over 20 years before. The men and the professor get parachutes to jump out safely. Speed is tied up. As the plane plummets earthward, Speed snaps the ropes. He dons a parachute and jumps out at the last moment. Down on the ground, S
#17 - Crash in the Jungle (2)
Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired Jan 19, 1968
Speed gets knocks off a cliff by gorillas.
#18 - The Dangerous Witness
Season 1 - Episode 43 - Aired Feb 9, 1968
Speed, Trixie, Spritle and Chim Chim are flying to Hong Kong for the Hong Kong International Race. Speed notices a woman passenger acting mysteriously as she plays with her compact. The compact is actually a sophisticated weapon which fires a poisoned dart at a another passenger sitting further back in the plane. As Speed tries to question the woman, she collapses because she has been hit with a similar poisoned dart. We see the stewardess in the back of the plane with an evil smirk. Chim Chim hands Speed an invitation to one of Hong Kong's floating restaurants. The invitation fell out of the woman's purse. Speed is accosted by a group of reporters as he gets off the plane, but they split immediately when Princess Petal's plane lands. She is a mysterious princess from the Kingdom of Blossombow in the Middle East. Speed puts his foot in it when he admires the princess for her elegance. An assassin has her sights on the princess, but she is restrained by the stewardess who cautions her t
#19 - The Most Dangerous Race (2)
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 21, 1967
Speed is competing in the Big Alpine Race. At a checkpoint, an official warns Speed of impending bad weather. Meanwhile, fearful that the Mach 5's brakes will fail, Sparky, Spritle and Chim Chim set out to reach Speed with new brakes. Something "goes wrong" with Sparky's car. Luckily, Trixie rescues them in her helicopter. On an icy road, Speed tries to pull ahead of the Car Acrobatic Team. The team thwarts Speed's attempt by knocking down icicles. Rounding an icy curve, the Mach 5's brakes fail. The car spins out of control and slides down the mountainside. Speed radios Trixie for help. The next morning, Speed catches up to Snake Oiler, whose car, along with others, is stopped at the most treacherous part of the course. Because of heavy rains, any car attempting to jump over the cavern would be sure to cause a landslide. The drivers decide to draw lots. Speed jumps and joins the wreckage below.
#20 - Girl Daredevil (2)
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Nov 18, 1967
Speed and Twinkle awake back into consciousness. They enter the cave behind the Falls. Cornpone Brotch (identified as Cornpone Brush in the previous episode) and his thugs arrive with the treasure. Speed fights off the thugs, while Brotch escapes in the Mach 5. Using her experience as an escape artist, Twinkle frees herself and Speed from the ropes that bind them. Trixie, in her helicopter, along with Spritle and Chim Chim, spots Brotch in the Mach 5. Speed and Twinkle exit the cave; Trixie picks them up. Brotch enters his secret hideout located in Mount Rushmore. Later that night, Speed and the gang find the secret entrance. Inside the mountain, Speed and company find collections of stolen art and cars, including the Mach 5. Brotch surrounds them with ferocious black panthers. While Speed fights the cats, Twinkle jumps to safety, hanging from a chandelier. Meanwhile, Trixie races in the Mach 5 to save her friends. Brotch locks them all in the room.
#21 - The Royal Racer (1)
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Dec 8, 1967
A race will be held in celebration of the coronation of Prince Jam.
#22 - The Desperate Desert Race (2)
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Nov 4, 1967
While the Flathill Army soldiers set the Mach 5 aflame, Speed attacks one of the rebels. The General announces that he ordered Ali Ben Schemer, his cousin, to blow up his son's racecar because they need his help in the revolution. When Kim notes that his special brakes can never be repaired, Schemer suggests that Kim and Speed race without brakes. The next morning, Schemer gives them a sack lunch and the race begins. He then takes Trixie, Spritle, and the General prisoner. Chim Chim rescues Spritle and they escape on a camel. Meanwhile, as the Black Tiger and the Mach 5 race through the desert, the sack "lunches" open revealing deadly scorpions. Kim realizes what Schemer is up to. The scorpions are smashed; the race resumes. Later, members of the Flathill Government Army, who are after the rebels, rescue Spritle and Chim Chim. Back on the racecourse, the Black Tiger is devoured by quicksand. Kim, Speed, and the Mach 5 almost meet the same fate.
#23 - Race for Revenge (1)
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 28, 1967
While out on a practice race, Speed is almost run off the track by a mysterious black car. Later that night, the black car gains on an automobile whose driver recognizes it as the X3. Before causing the auto to crash, the black car broadcasts, "Melange still races." A second car is also caused to crash. The next day, Inspector Detector asks for Speed's help. While Spritle and Chim Chim hide in the Mach 5's trunk with a tape recorder, a chase ensues, but the X3 outdistances Speed. Spritle produces a tape recording of the X3's message. Pops explains that the recent victims were the coaches of the Three Roses Club race team, the expected victors of the Danger Pass Race. However, they were worried Slash Market driving car number X3, the Melange, might beat them. Mysteriously, the Melange crashed. Pops recalls that Slash had two children â€“ Slash Jr. and Lilly. The Inspector, Speed, and Trixie pay the siblings a visit and learn that they know nothing.
#24 - The Secret Engine (2)
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 7, 1967
Speed avoids colliding with Tongue Blaggard's squad of motorcyclists. But Tiny, Blaggard's sumo bodyguard knocks him out. To save Mr. Clepto from Tiny's death-grip, Speed tells Blaggard the location of what we learn is $1 billion in gold. Speed telephones Pops and leaves Trixie a message: forget about the $650 ring as a signal for help. Guarded by Blaggard's men, Speed, in his Mach 5, heads to Misty Valley, the location of the hidden treasure. They overnight in a lodge and Speed radios for help. However, Blaggard stops him and accidentally sends the homing robot home. Meanwhile, at the Racers, Trixie, who says she was "stood up" by Speed, awakens Pops. Spritle blames the homing robot for waking him. Alarmed, Trixie rushes off to find Speed. The next morning, one of Blaggard's thugs enters the lodge with Lana, a Misty Valley native (Trixie in disguise). On the road, "Lana" and Speed escape and proceed to a village where Pops waits.
#25 - The Race against the Mammoth Car (2)
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 14, 1967
Satisfied that the Mach 5 is forever submerged in Lake Icy Chill, the Mammoth Car drivers resume the race. Through his telescanner, Speed sees them leave as he reaches soil. Trixie sends a message in the homing robot to Inspector Detector. The stolen gold is aboard the Mammoth Car. From his plane, Cruncher Block sees the Mach 5 on the road. At the refueling station, Speed and Trixie are fired at. Escaping into a mining tunnel, they jump on top of a speeding trolley car, which crashes. Meanwhile, at the refueling station, Spritle and Chim Chim sneak out of Cruncher's plane. They, too, escape into the tunnel, which turns out to be Cruncher's headquarters. There, Speed and Trixie are tied to a trolley loaded with three tons of dynamite. Ultimately, Racer X arrives and saves them. At the next checkpoint, the Inspector searches the Mammoth Car. Again, he finds nothing. Speed reaches the checkpoint; Spritle and Chim Chim slip out to hide in the Mammoth Car.