While discussing the difference between Herbie The Love Bug and Herbie The Fat Fury, the Widget wondered out loud if Herbie would be an even better race car if he had, in her words, “a driver that’s not just a jerk.”  Her suggested candidates included Racer X, John Cena and “that Knight Rider guy with all the hair,” any of which would make for one hell of a movie, but then she expanded the query to wonder if Jeff Gordon would get the leftover KITT, which in turn begs today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still likes the idea of Jack Burton driving Optimus Prime into battle, asking: If you were tasked with choosing an unbeatable racing team, what pop culture automobile would you want and who would you hire to be your driver?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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5 Comments

  1. August 26, 2013 at 12:21 pm — Reply

    Engine Machalcon from Gokaiger for the car.
    http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Machalcon

    Banban Akaza (DekaRed) for driver. Why Ban instead of one of the racing themed Rangers? Because Ban’s got skills behind the wheel too, as seen in the first episode when chasing a criminal in vehicle and following him THROUGH a church full of alien wedding guests and managing to not kill any of them himself.
    http://powerrangers.wikia.com/wiki/Banban_Akaza

  2. August 26, 2013 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    Car: Mach-5

    Driver: Rally Vincent, from Gunsmith Cats. Great driver, crack shot if it comes to that.

    Mechanic: Fix-it Felix. Can’t beat a magic hammer

    Moral Support: Minnie May, from Gunsmith Cats. Can’t think of anyone else who is going to support Rally other than her, plus she could bomb another car.

    Annoying kid/pet: Penny and Brain from Inspector Gadget. Great support, not that annoying.

    Driver with mysterious background: Bean Bandit, from Bean Bandit/Gunsmith Cats. Has a history, plays by his own rules, will help Rally now and then, for a price.

  3. gary
    August 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm — Reply

    Ben-Hur and KITT. Because the conversations between Charlton Heston and KITT would be freakin awesome.

    • drewdknows
      August 27, 2013 at 12:02 am — Reply

      I loved the episode where they ran Michael Knight of the edge of a cliff in a chariot…

  4. August 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm — Reply

    Car: Herbie – Magic car? Yep. That’s a trump card.

    Driver: Oh, I dunno? Joe Rogan? He seems like a funny guy.

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