1x09 The Most Dangerous Race, Part 1
First Aired: Oct. 21, 1967 on Syndicated
Summary: At the racetrack, the Stunt Car Spectacular promises ""action and thrills."" Two contestants attempt to scale a ramp and clear a stack of cars, but fail. Daredevil driver (and member of the Car Acrobatic Team) Snake Oiler urges Speed to try. Speed, instead, challenges Snake to the upcoming…
Main Characters in this Episode
Car Acrobat Team: We will not lose! We will win!
Speed Racer: Huh?
Snake Oiler: I was told that you're one of the greatest racers in the world. Is that true?
Speed Racer: Who are you, anyway?
Snake Oiler: Snake Oiler's the name and I'm a pretty good racer myself. Why don't we ever race to see which one of us is better?
Speed Racer: Okay, let's go!
Racer X: I came to warn you. It's too dangerous! [points at a landslide]
Racer X: Be careful of falling rocks like those. Last year, they wiped out a dozen drivers who could have crossed easily...
Racer X: Just by keeping their minds on their driving and the obstacles in the way! But most drivers are worried about the cars ahead of them and how to catch up and pass them, so they sometimes forget to concentrate on the course itself. The plateau areas around here are very tricky: the ground is hard, but when it rains heavily, the ground loosens and changes and tires skid treacherously. Take my advice, Speed, otherwise this will be your last race. Very few cars ever reach the finish line. It's just too dangerous!
Speed: Then you don't think I can win, Racer X?
Racer X: You can only if you keep your mind on the hazards of the course! Oh, one more thing, Speed. Listen carefully. As you race down toward the big jump don't be going too fast, because you'll cause another landslide and crash down into the river. Also, when you reach the other side and start to climb again, don't try to go straight up toward the top. Zigzag along the slope. It takes longer, but it's safer, and in the long run you'll pick up some time. Remember, throughout the whole area there are patches of ice. One wrong twist of your steering wheel and that'll be the end of you. You'll find this is the toughest course you've ever raced and you'll need every ounce of experience and skill, Speed.
Speed: Thanks for the advice. I'll try to follow all of it, Racer X.
Racer X: Heh heh, because if you don't run a good race, I won't enjoy winning!
Speed: You'll be in the Alpine Race?
Racer X: Speed, I'm going to win the Alpine Race. I'm not going to give you a break, um-hmm.
- The Car Acrobat Team originally appeared in the "Speed Racer" manga comic 'Challenge of the Masked Racer', but that was adapted into a different episode and the Clan would get more focus in their own episodes.