bboyneko OP t1_je5y0sb wrote

I was watching "Viva Las Vegas" on a plane trip recently and when I watched the end race, including Elvis' girlfriend getting in a helicopter to follow the race, and the crazy wrecks and car explosions, as well as the design of the cars and Elvis' helmet and goggles, I was like "Wait a second, this is literally speed racer." Then I did some research and saw that this was a huge inspiration for Speed Racer, as was the gadgets in James Bond's cars of films of that time period.