From the earliest days at Indianapolis, race drivers have captured the imagination of humanity, going faster than any human being was meant to go.  Speed Racer was a childhood hero of mine, but I have to admit that I have an admiration for Bo and Luke Duke, whose mastery of the dirt roads of wherever-the-hell-Hazzard-was allowed them to break the laws of physics.  And also that state, whatever it was…  But are any of them up to the task of beating Jim Douglas and his mighty Beetle, Herbie?  I dunno, but I bet you have opinions, leading us to today’s high-octane query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) will be casting my vote for Racer X, secretly Speed’s elder brother, Rex, asking: Which fictional driver is the best racer of them all?


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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! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Captain Falcon from F-Zero games. He drives anti gravity race car called Blue Falcon and is also a law enforcement super hero chasing space criminals. Everybody knows Falcon Punch!

  2. Simon from Gurren Lagann. First he operates a drill-head-robot with no instruction manual. Then he expertly co-pilots a combined robot mere seconds after discovering combined robots are an actual thing. Next he commandeers what can only be described as an enemy land-battleship by drilling into it with his head-robot and just kinda winging it. By the end of the series he’s operating a Russian Nesting Doll amalgamation of drill-robots, again with zero training under high pressure with stellar results.

    • …Ah right. Best “racer” not best “pilot.” ……Dick Dastardly from Wacky Races. He’d win so many races if he didn’t stop to cheat.

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