Wacky Racers



Hanna-Barbera was responsible for a lot of childish imaginings. When Dick Dastardly raced across our screens in Wacky Races, chasing the likes of The Slag Brothers in the Bouldermobile , The Gruesome Twosome in the creepy coupe and our favourite, Penelope Pitstop in the Compact Pussycat, little did they know that they would create a generation of little boys and girls that would be fascinated by ridiculous rides and mad motors.

We here at influx are the worst sort of fantasists and whenever we come across a particularly weird piece of motoring design we can’t help but look deeper. From now on every time we spot a stupidly conceived piece of rolling stock, we’ll post it: whether or not there’s an editorial thread to accompany the weirdness. To kick the series off, here you have probably the maddest vehicle we have ever come across.

We’re talking about nothing less than a tracked harbinger of apocalypse.


This is, wether or not you would credit it, a mobile Nuclear reactor! And yes, like the equally terrifying Zil 29061 the details of which we posted a while back, it comes from Soviet-era Russia.

On a site dedicated to all things madly Russian, they reckon that “Not many know, but Russian engineers have constructed the mobile nuclear power plants that were sucessfully used in distant parts of Russia. Those were small sized self moving fully functional atomic power plants with a small reactor inside. Just imagine, small nuclear power plants that could reach the destination points by themselves. There were two basic models – tracked and on regular wheels.”

If you can beat the nuclear reactor that could reach the parts other cell-destroying modes of power generation just couldn’t reach, then feel free to let us know!