With the vast array of cars on the road and the vast array of driving styles that come with them a simple drive can sometimes seem like something out of Wacky Races. Which got me thinking, if Wacky Races were real, how would the drivers get their cars on the road? Below is a selection of the wacky racers and the cover they’d need to make their cars road legal…
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Driven by Dick Dastardly and co-piloted by Muttley, the Mean Machine is far and away the fastest car on the Wacky Races circuit. But despite this the Mean Machine has never won a race or even placed in the top three. This is down to Dick Dastardly’s meddlesome nature and the fact that hampering the other racers is as important to him as winning the race. No matter how unassailable a lead he builds up, Dastardly has to stop and set a trap for the other competitors. This invariably backfires and ends with him losing the race.
The Mean Machine was a rocket powered, gadget laden car that was armed with a multitude of weapons and had the ability to fly. A policy for modified cars would be the best fit for the Mean Machine 00 and there are a number of insurers out there, Adrian Flux for example, that will try to find a good deal on cars that have everything from body kits to big bore exhausts.
The Bouldermobile is owned by cavemen brothers Rock and Gravel Slag and is little more than a modified boulder. Using a primeval acceleration method the brothers make the car speed up by hitting it, or each other, with their clubs. In case of emergency they reconstruct the car by taking their clubs to any available boulders that may be lying around and can call upon the services of other prehistoric creatures that fly from underneath the bonnet.
Being the oldest car on the circuit, the Bouldermobile would benefit from vintage car insurance. This is specialist insurance that usually places limitations on the amount of miles you can cover every year and is based upon an agreed valuation for your car. The advantages of such a policy is that it usually works out cheaper because owners of vintage cars are generally considered to treat their cherished vehicles with more care than ‘commuter’ drivers…insurers may have an issue with the Bouldermobile’s use of a club to accelerate though!
The pride and joy of Miss Penelope Pitstop, the Compact Pussycat is equipped with an array of automated grooming facilities, such as a push button lipstick, that Penelope utilises to maintain her appearance during races. This often drives the other competitors to distraction, especially when the car malfunctions and the more chivalric amongst them stop to lend a hand.
Penelope Pitstop would definitely consider specialist female car insurance when looking to cover the Compact Pussycat. Some insurers offer reduced rates for women drivers and companies such as Sheila’s Wheels even off up to £300 of ‘handbag’ cover!
Not to be confused with Chug-a-Boom from the spin off cartoon The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, the Ant Hill Mob prefer to race in the Bulletproof Bomb, a sturdy sedan that benefits from ‘Getaway Power’. This is a sort of turbo boost that is activated by all seven members of the Ant Hill Mob placing their feet through the floor of the car and running as fast as their little legs will carry them!
A classic 1920’s Sedan, the Bulletproof Bomb would best insured under a classic car policy. Like the vintage car policy that covers the Bouldermobile, and agreed valuation and limited mileage would probably be written into the policy to keep the premium low. The Ant Hill Mob may also benefit from being part of an owner’s club and from keeping the car in a locked garage, all of which can lower the cost of classic car premiums. Other benefits include optional track or rally cover for car shows (and maybe Wacky Races) and laid-up insurance for vehicles that are more work-in-progress than daily drivers. To get the best rate the Ant Hill Mob may be best advised to check a comparison site and maybe get their car insurance from Moneysupermarket.com
Two soldiers, Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly, piloted this modified tank that was driven by two caterpillar tracks and a steamroller wheel. The tank is fully loaded with military-inspired gadgets including the firing turret that can spin round in any direction, back-mounted thrusters and a supply of land mines that propel the car into the air when they are driven over.
Being military men, Sergeant Blast and Private Meekly would most likely be covered under a specialist military insurance policy. The terms of these policies mean that any member of the armed forces can be covered whilst on base and their premiums will not change should they be re-posted to another part of the country or even another country altogether.
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