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'''Original airdate:''' December 23, 1985
'''Original airdate:''' December 23, 1985
'''Production number:''' 700-59
'''Written by:''' [[David Wise]]
'''Written by:''' [[David Wise]]

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In a plot to obtain a Cybertronian weather-controlling device, the Decepticons stage a fake race across Europe.

Detailed synopsis


Original airdate: December 23, 1985

Production number: 700-59

Written by: David Wise

Featured Characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans Others



Notable quotes

(Megatron and Soundwave smash their way into the sage's home)
Abdul Ben Faisal: "So, you've come at last."
Megatron: "You have five seconds to tell me the location of-"
Abdul Ben Faisal: "The Pearl of Bahoudin? I know."
Megatron: "If you know so much, then you know it will be unwise to refuse me."
Abdul Ben Faisal: "You have caused enough damage in Istanbul for one day. The legends say the pearl is buried in the Galata valley, near the Alibey river."
Megatron: "You have been wise to oblige me."
Abdul Ben Faisal: "Perhaps. But once you have dug up the pearl, you may not find it so easy to put back."

"There's only one charity I care about: ME! I want that million bucks!"

-- Auggie Cahnay, born to win.

(Bumblebee yanks Auggie right out of his fancy car and holds him aloft)
Bumblebee: "Listen, you! Didn't anybody ever tell you about fair play?"
Auggie Cahnay: "I'm gonna win that million bucks!"
Bluestreak: "Keep driving like that and you won't live long enough to win it. Not that that would be any great tragedy, but some decent people might get hurt!"
(Bumblebee drops Auggie onto the ground) Auggie Cahnay: "I gotta race to win!"
(Auggie jumps into his car and drives off.)
Bumblebee: "What a creep."

-- Bumblebee and Bluestreak totally road-rage the asshole Auggie Cahnay.

"So help me if one more of those metal maniacs gets in my way..."
(Motormaster blocks Auggie's way, and Dead End pulls the human driver out of his car)
"That does it, and I'm not takin' it anymore!"
"That's right, 'cause we're taking your car."

-- Auggie Cahnay is car-jacked by the Stunticons.

"The heck you will! Stay out of my car!"

-- Auggie's response to Megatron's plans to melt down his car to build a new weather controlling device for the Pearl of Bahoudin.

Other notes

  • This episode has the final appearance of Bluestreak, Smokescreen and Sunstreaker with spoken dialogue. From here on, all of their appearances will as silent cameos.

Animation and/or technical glitches

  • Near the beginning of the episode, when Tracks reacts to Auggie Cahnay's objection, he is coloured vaugley like Menasor.
  • As Bumblebee catches up to Wheeljack and the camera angle changes to an overhead shot, the crookedly drawn background of the road continually edges close to Wheeljack, then pulls back as the animation loops, creating the impression that the image is jerking back and forth.
  • After running Bumblebee off the Road, Auggie can be seen driving through a pack of cars that has the sheer cliff face on the right side of the screen, despite having just driven on a road that had the cliff edge on the left side. Additionally, Wild Rider is visible in the pack of human-driven cars.
  • The reversed cel and background problems continue as Auggie pulls away from the rest of the drivers, but is fixed as Bumblebee and Bluestreak catches up to Auggie.
  • The map of Europe is erm, very inaccurate.
  • Reversed cel problems continue during Wheeljack and Motormaster's chase scene. When Wheeljack initially appears on the location, the Black Sea is on the left side of the screen as he drives up the road, but as the chase progresses, the sea is now on the right side of the screen, as if they had turned around during the chase, or were driving on the opposite coastline.
  • After Drag Strip pushes Auggie's car into Motormaster's trailer, as the trailer door closes, Dragstrip's Decepticon sigil turns into a purple blob.
  • When Scavenger picks up the Pearl's energy readings, Megatron's Decepticon sigil is coloured red.
  • When Bluestreak picks up Auggie from the side of the road, Professor Terranova is not present inside the Autobot. Yet when the Autobots arrive at the site of the Pearl's excavation, Terranova can be seen exiting Bluestreak along with Auggie.
  • As Bluestreak jumps to avoid Breakdown, his chest is almost entirely black. Breakdown's Decepticon sigil is coloured red.
  • When Breakdown hits the cliff after missing Bluestreak, despite an explosion being animated, no sound is heard.
  • Megatron's mouth doesn't move when Bumblebee grabs the Pearl right out of his hand. Of course he also doesn't try to stop Bumblebee from grabbing the Pearl, either.
  • As Megatron and the other Decepticons chase after Bumblebee, Megatron's feet are coloured grey like the front of his legs.
  • When Menasor initially combines and faces the Autobots, Prowl's animation model is used for Bluestreak. This continues to randomly occur throughout the battle against Menasor.
  • After Menasor smashes the ground to stop Bumblebee from escaping the Pearl, a large crack forms in the earth, yet it vanishes when Bumblebee reacts to the Pearl rolling away.
  • When the Autobots react to Auggie's apparent escape, Bluestreak is animated while Tracks' voice is heard.
  • When Auggie jumps from his car, he is not wearing his helmet, but it reappears after Menasor is defeated.

Continutity errors

  • Auggie Cahnay is reputed to be the best driver in the US, and the implication is he's also one of the best drivers in the race, yet twice in the episode he is seen having to barge his way through the pack from behind.
  • Smokescreen and Tracks are able to instantly recognise the Stunticons for who they are, yet earlier Sideswipe and Sunstreaker could not tell until Dead End transformed and fired on them.
  • Despite Megatron claiming the Pearl of Bahodin being the core of a Cybertronian weather controlling machine, the flashback footage during his exposition shows a Decepticon starship similar to his own flagship, the Nemesis from More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1.
  • Somehow Megatron knows much of the human history and legend surrounding the Pearl, yet still needs to speak to Abdul Ben Faisal to know where it is hidden.
  • When Bumblebee falls over from Menasor's earthquake-like attack while carrying the Pearl, he can be seen tossing Professor Terranova, who lands ahead of the large crack in the earth. However, Terranova is not seen again for the rest of the episode.
  • The tornado that the Pearl and Bumblebee are sucked into is blowing over the Galata Valley while it is active, but when Bumblebee destroys the Pearl, it is suddenly over a huge forest where he is eventually found in a tree.

Transformers references

  • References

Real-world references

  • According to writer David Wise[1], the title of this episode was directly taken from a Kraftwerk album of the same name.

Miscellaneous trivia

  • Bumblebee totally loses his cool and assaults Auggie Cahnay when the latter cuts him off during an early part of the race. Road rage!
  • Auggie Cahnay's car has automatic transmission, which is unusual in a race car.
  • Symultech Industries, the company that custom-built Auggie's car, would later be mentioned in Hirofumi Ichikawa's Binaltech story. According to Dead End's system description, Symultech was responsible for building the body that was originally intended for Sunstreaker, but ended up getting hijacked by the Decepticons to create BT Dead End.
  • Auggie Cahnay was mentioned in the American dub of the Robots in Disguise episode Skid-Z's Choice. There, he was stated as having deceased, and Skid-Z was seemingly possessed by his spirit. Likewise, that episode eatured a race called the Europa 400, supposedly named after the Europa 2000 from this episode.


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