September 1967 - September 1970, ABC
om Slick was one of three segments
in a half-hour show that included feature segment
George of the
Jungle and other backup segment
Super Chicken. Each of
the segments was 6-7 minutes in length.
Tom Slick, upstanding competitor
and all around good sport, took part in racing events all over
the globe, accompanied and cheered on by his girlfriend Marigold
and the grandmotherly but sassy Gertie Growler (of unidentified
acquaintance). He competed in a vehicle called the Thunderbolt
Grease-Slapper, which he converted beyond recognition prior to
every race to suit the conditions of the race: forming such
unlikely vehicles as a submarine, hot air balloon, motorized
skateboard, etc., in addition to all forms of standard road
racer. Never far from the action, Marigold and even Gertie would
occasionally ride shotgun during the races.
In the racing world, Tom was a fan
favorite and greeted by a cheer of enthusiasm from the crowd
whenever he was announced. His biggest supporter was Marigold
who was completely smitten with him, but Tom was wholly devoted
to his sport, rendering him oblivious to any gestures of romance
she put forward. Marigold wasn't phased by Tom's inattention however, because she was prone to interpreting his most humdrum
of statements as signs of affection.
As if the normal dangers of racing
weren't enough, Tom had to contend with at least one cheater and
spoilsport in every competition. His most frequent opponent (in
fact, the only opponent who appeared in more than one episode)
was Baron Otto Matic and his simple-minded henchman Clutcher.
Tom Slick's unwavering optimism and resourcefulness in the face
of adversity (with an occasional timely assist by Marigold and
Gertie) insured that the Baron was no more successful in
carrying out his dirty tricks than any of the other competitors.
Whenever his plans went awry, or just for good measure, the
Baron reinforced his bad guy status by clobbering Clutcher with
a wrench, whether or not any fault lay with Clutcher.
the obstacles thrown in his path by the machinations of his
rival racers, Tom managed at the last moment to win every race
he entered, making him perhaps the most successful racer in the
history of the sport.