Roary the Racing Car

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Roary the Racing Car
Main Characters (from left to right): FB, Zippee, Tin Top, Dinkie and Mr. Carburettor (behind Tin Top), Hellie, Maxi, Big Chris, Rusty (behind Big Chris), Roary, Marsha, Flash, Cici, Drifter, Plugger and Farmer Green.
Created by David Jenkins
Voices of Maria Darling
Tim Whitnall
Marc Silk
Peter Kay
Kerry Shale
Narrated by Stirling Moss
Sam Hornish Jr.
Theme music composer Alan Coates & Kim Goody
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English, German
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 108
Executive producer(s) Greg Lynn
Producer(s) Keith Chapman
Original channel Channel 5, Nick Jr.,
Original run 7 May 2007 – Ongoing worldwide
Related shows Tayo the Little Bus
Bob the Builder
Fifi and the Flowertots
Dream Street
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Roary the Racing Car is a British animated children's television show produced by Chapman Entertainment. It follows the adventures of Roary and his racing car friends at Silver Hatch race track. In 2013, Roary the Racing Car was acquired by DreamWorks Classics, a wholly owned subsidiary of DreamWorks Animation.



The series follows the lives and adventures of racing vehicles Roary, Maxi, Cici, Drifter, Tin Top and the human people they work for, Big Chris and Marsha the mechanics and the owner of the race track Mr. Carburettor. Also there's P.C. Pete, local Farmer Green, Molecom, Flash and many more. The plot sometimes revolves around other vehicle characters, such as Rusty, FB, Nick, Plugger, Zippee, Hellie, Breeze, Conrod, James and Loada.


Roary the Racing Car is set around a fictional motor racing circuit called Silver Hatch (a portmanteau of the names of the two British Grand Prix racing circuits, Silverstone and Brands Hatch). The majority of the action takes place at the track's pits and workshop, although we often follow the cars on their laps around the track. Occasionally, the characters venture to external locations such as the nearby beach.


Each story begins and ends with a brief narration from racing car driver Sir Stirling Moss. He is never seen, but is used as a voice-over. The US version is narrated by American stock car driver Sam Hornish Jr.


The series uses a combination of computer-generated imagery and stop-motion animation; the stop frame animation was initially provided by Cosgrove Hall Films, the producer of Postman Pat, and latterly by Chapman Entertainment's own in-house studio. The series was originated by David Jenkins, who spent four years working in senior management at Brands Hatch Race Circuit. It was designed and developed by Keith Chapman, creative director of Chapman Entertainment and the originator of Bob the Builder and Fifi and the Flowertots, and the series executive producer is Greg Lynn.

Vehicle characters[edit]

  • Roary is a young and enthusiastic junior single-seater Formula 1 type racing car. He is the main character in the show and is Big Chris's "number one star". Roary is new to silverhatch However, with the help of his friends, he always tries to copy from them. Roary wears a white baseball cap and with a number 1 emblazoned in a red star. Roary's catchphrase is "Light 'em up, Roary!". Maria Darling voices him.
  • Maxi is an older yellow Formula 1 type racing car who was the star of Silver Hatch before Roary arrived. He is temperamental and expects the best of everything - including first use of the tyre warmers. He wears sunglasses and a blue cap and sports the number 5. Maxi is Italian and is the favourite of Mr Carburettor. Maxi's catchphrase is "Mamma Mia!" He speaks in an Italian accent, although this is de-emphasized in the US voiceover. When starting a race Maxi can make flames erupt from his exhaust. There is a healthy sibling rivalry between Maxi and Roary. He is voiced by Marc Silk.
  • Cici AKA Zizzy is a bright pink and purple stunt car with a number 3 painted on her front. She is an electric car and solar car and carries solar panels on her roof. She has a flirtatious attitude and is always challenging Roary to "Catch me!" Cici is French and has a high, squeaky French accent. Her catchphrase is "Race you!". She is one of Roary's best friends and the first car to talk to and race Roary on his first day. Cici seems to have crush on Maxi, though Cici is often very impressed by Roary as well. She is voiced by Maria Darling.
  • Tin Top is a big and powerful stock car. He often takes his corners too fast and wide and regularly ends up in either the sand trap, the tyre wall or the mud, generally in a tangled heap of disconnected parts. Tin Top's catchphrase is appropriate given his frequent visits to the workshop: "Tape me up, hammer me in and send me out!" He sports the number 88 speaks in a mock-American accent, and is voiced by Peter Kay. Like Maxi, Tin Top can make flames come out of his tailpipes. In the US version, Tin Top speaks in a stereotypical "urban" accent, and does not seem to have a catchphrase
  • Drifter AKA Dragga is a very hi-tech Drift racing car. In line with his name he can be observed to exhibit extreme oversteer handling characteristics, with his tail end swinging out wide on every corner. He has an on-board computer with a head up display in his windscreen. Drifter has a fabulous dragon on his sides and also sports blue neon undertray lighting and he wears the number 6 on the top of his front windshield and back windshield. He speaks in a mock Japanese accent. Drifter's catchphrase in the UK version is "Go-go nitro boost!"; he is known as Dragga and does not have a catchphrase in the US version. He is voiced by Marc Silk.
  • Rusty is an old, rusty, immobile caravan who lives at Silver Hatch. He is often found to be sleeping, but rarely minds being woken up by the other characters and he enjoys reminiscing about his time as a mobile caravan. He can give useful advice, but often entirely by accident. Big Chris lives in Rusty. He is voiced by Tim Whitnall.
  • Plugger AKA Lugga is a 4x4 off-road vehicle, or "mud-plugger". Plugger is the most laid-back character at Silver Hatch and he never gets rushed or panic-stricken. In the UK version, he speaks with a soft Caribbean accent; in the US version, he speaks in a mild Southern drawl. He often uses his telescopic winch to rescue Roary and Maxi from mud, gravel, or sand. Plugger can often be heard uttering his catchphrase "No need to race, Plugger's on the case!"
  • FB AKA Trucksy is Farmer Green's pickup truck. He is usually seen with Farmer Green, or playing with Cici and Roary. His main catchphrase is "Roary's my best friend". He is voiced by Marc Silk.
  • Zippee is Marsha's motor scooter. Zippee is of indeterminate gender as the only vocalizations made by Zippee are a beeping sound, similar to a small car horn.
  • Hellie is a bright red and purple helicopter, who transports Mr. Carburettor around the track. He has a large headset which he uses to communicate with the ground-crew, usually broadcasting a booming "Hellie is Go!"
  • James is a silver classic sports car approximating an Aston Martin DB5, who takes Mamma Mia wherever she needs to go. He has several gizmos and gadgets including an ejector seat, an umbrella, water cannons and a towel. His catchphrase is, "The name's James", and he speaks with a posh British accent.
  • Nick is the Silver Hatch police car approximating a Lamborghini Gallardo or Murciélago, who works with P.C. Pete to keep the cars safe. He enjoys playing with the other cars and he wishes he could race with them too. His catchphrase is "Wicked!" In the UK version, he is voiced by Neil Morrissey and Rob Rackstraw. In the US version, he is voiced by Greg Proops.
  • Breeze is a beach buggy who lives at the beach at Silver Hatch. She is good at stunts, like Cici, and loves it when the other cars come to visit. Her catchphrase is "Life's a breeze", and speaks with a very fake Australian accent. She is voiced by Emma Tate.
  • Loada is a transport truck who takes the cars to special occasions. He has lots of different stories from the road and he enjoys telling them to his friends. His catchphrase is "Lock n' Loada", and he has a slight Italian accent. In the UK version, he is voiced by Ron Smith. In the US version, he is voiced by Colin Fox.

Human characters[edit]

  • Big Chris (Voiced by comedian Peter Kay) is Silver Hatch race track's mechanic. He occasionally commentates, and starts races. He lives in Rusty the caravan, and looks after the race track and cars. Big Chris has a typically northern catchphrase, "You bend it, you mend it." (The US version, much less mellifluous, is "You bend it, you fix it.") Big Chris is portrayed as being very messy and absent-minded, often "losing" objects directly in his line of sight, and eternally surprised by his own walkie-talkie. While working on the cars, he often practices his karaoke with an out-of-tune version of a song called "Motor Man". He is voiced by Kerry Shale, who also sings the US version of the theme.
  • Marsha is a race marshal and the unofficial administrator of the Silver Hatch race track. She loves things to be tidy and organised, which often puts her into conflict with Big Chris. She is very fit and enjoys a good run. She speaks with a thick British accent and her UK-version catchphrase is "Gears to go, brakes to slow!", while in the US version she has no catchphrase. She is voiced by Maria Darling.
  • Mr. Carburettor is the flamboyant owner of Silver Hatch race track. In the original UK version, he speaks with a pronounced Italian accent, while his US counterpart has a New York accent. His favourite car is Maxi, who he considers to be the greatest car in all the world. He has a gold tooth, which sparkles in the sun when he smiles. He has a quick temper, often turning red, making steam come out of his ears and yelling that the object of his anger is "driving me up the ceiling!" He is a perfectionist who sometimes berates Big Chris for tardiness, although Marsha often covers for Big Chris in front of Mr. Carburettor. Mr. Carburettor often likes to watch his cars race around the track, usually cheering for Maxi, although he does congratulate the winner, whoever it may be. He shares the same catchphrase as Maxi, "Mamma Mia", and he can often be heard singing opera. For some reason Mr. Carburettor can't say Tin Top's name right. His first name has been revealed to be Antonio. He is voiced by Tim Whitnall.
  • Farmer Green owns the farm located just to the side of the Silver Hatch race track. He often waves as the cars zoom past. He owns Dinkie the Donkey, and likes to invent bio-fuels, which sometimes work, but often don't. His UK catchphrase is "Green by name, green by nature!", though like many of the other characters, his US counterpart has no catchphrase. He is voiced by Marc Silk who actually plays Bob in Bob the Builder US.
  • Mama Mia is Mr. Carburettor's mother and the owner of James. When she first visited Silver Hatch, it was thanks to Flash that she enjoyed the race (which resulted in every car except Roary crashing). Now she is a regular visitor to the racetrack. Her catchphrase is "Home James", and she speaks with an Italian accent. She is voiced by Robert Tinkler.
  • P.C. Pete is the Silver Hatch policeman and Marsha's younger brother. When he sees one of the race cars speeding away from the track, he calls to his police car, Nick to follow them. His catchphrase is "Follow that car", and he is voiced by Todd Duffey.

Animal characters[edit]

  • Flash AKA Furz is an anthropomorphic rabbit, who lives under a tree on the edge of the track at "Hare-Pin Bend" (a play on 'hairpin turn'). He regularly tries to cause mischief, from small things like hiding equipment to intentionally trying to cause accidents by moving traffic cones around to divert the racing cars the wrong way. Flash really wants to be a racing driver and often challenges the Silver Hatch cars to race against him as he rides his high-powered skateboard. When Flash is caught getting up to no good you will often hear his catchphrase: "Flash must dash!" In the US, he has several catchphrases: "Furz...must fly!" and "Chew my carrots!" being two oft-repeated ones. Voiced by Marc Silk who actually plays Bob in Bob the Builder US.
  • Molecom is a bespectacled mole who is often found clearing up the mess left behind after Flash has tried to cause havoc. Being a mole, he lives underground, and often digs out, causing molehills to appear when he comes up. By some kind of sixth sense, Molecom never seems to dig out through the track, although is often seen digging out through the concrete pit stop area. His catchphrase is "I'm a mole with a role". Voiced by Maria Darling who actually plays Vee in Chuggington UK.
  • Dinkie is an old, grey donkey who is often seen at the side of the race track (and occasionally on it), with his ears flapping after the cars race past him. Dinkie's vocal effects are performed by Tim Whitnall.

Episode guide[edit]

Series Episode Title Description Airdate
1 01 Roary's First Day Roary feels nervous as he waits to take part in a big race and Big Chris reminds him of his first day at Silver Hatch 7 May 2007
1 02 Roary Slips Up Roary spills oil on the racing track 8 May 2007
1 03 Big Chris Flags It Up Big Chris makes a mistake 9 May 2007
1 04 Express Delivery Roary fetches a batch of eggs from the farm for Big Chris 10 May 2007
1 05 Roary's Day at the Seaside Roary lands himself in trouble 11 May 2007
1 06 Roary Takes Off Big Chris discovers a novel way of cleaning Roary's fuel intake 14 May 2007
1 07 Cici Takes the Blame Marsha's picnic blanket is damaged and she believes Cici is to blame 15 May 2007
1 08 Big Chris' Big Workout Big Chris has a race with Marsha 16 May 2007
1 09 Flash Flips Out Flash grows tired of the constant roar of engines and decides to divert the cars off the track 17 May 2007
1 10 Rusty Remembers Rusty the caravan needs his friends to cheer him up 18 May 2007
1 11 Easy on the Fuel Roary tries to include Maxi in the big race even after he runs out of fuel
1 12 Communication Breakdown Marsha forgets to charge the walkie-talkies, and everyone struggles to stay in touch
1 13 Blue Light Job Big Chris tries to fix Dragga's neon light
2 01 Make Your Mind Up Roary The gang prepare for a special trip, but Roary can't decide where they should go
2 02 Workshop Roary Roary and Tin Top offer to run the workshop while Big Chris has a nap
2 03 Tip Top Tin Top Tin Top impresses a visiting car designer
2 04 Tunnel Vision Roary helps Maxi get over a fear of racing
2 05 Molecom Makes Music Molecom wants to be more musical like Big Chris
2 06 Roary Goes Missing Roary goes off for the day without telling anyone where he is heading, causing Big Chris to panic
2 07 Mama Mia Mr Carburettor learns that his mother is coming to visit
2 08 Surround Sound Big Chris is annoyed when his karaoke machine breaks down just when he needs to rehearse for an important competition
2 09 Plugger's on the Case Plugger realises he can't do everything by himself - sometimes he needs his friends
2 10 Big Chris Learns to Fly Big Chris has problems while flying a helicopter
2 11 Musical Mayhem Hellie breaks down and is unable to take Mr Carburettor to the opera
2 12 Braking Promises Maxi is angry when Roary is offered his spare tyre warmers overnight
2 13 Secret Treasures Roary, Tin Top and Dragga head to the beach to find buried treasure
2 40 It's Go Go Go at Silver Hatch A commentator (Murray Walker) is invited to reporton a stunt display by the cars, but he has other ideas, and confesses he has always dreamed of racing himself
2 43 Demolition Derby Roary keeps crashing into things, and Big Chris tries to help him focus his energy into something productive
2 44 Manners Please Farmer Green and FB are nervous about going to Mama Mia's garden party, so James and the other cars teach them how best to behave at the event
2 45 Crash Landing Hellie has trouble getting airborne again after making an emergency landing
2 46 Plugger's New Job James breaks down, causing Mama Mia to ask Plugger to drive her around, but when the pair have fun together, the out-of-action chauffeur begins to get jealous
2 48 Silver Hatch Fun Run Big Chris is undecided about taking part in a fun run, so Roary and Plugger try to make sure he trains for it without realising
2 49 Silver Hatch Heroes A film director visits Silver Hatch to record his new movie
3 01 Roary on Thin Ice Roary tries to warn everyone about ice on the track at Silver Hatch
3 02 Dragga's Last Day The little car worries that Dragga is to be taken to the scrapheap
3 03 Out of Juice Big Chris takes delivery of special rainwater to make the cars run more smoothly
3 04 Roary's Wake Up Call Farmer Green has problems getting up in the morning, so Roary finds a way to help
3 05 Big Chris Says Sorry Big Chris thinks Marsha is cross with him after he corrects a mistake made by Mrs Carburettor
3 06 Maxi's New Engine Maxi's engine needs to be rebuilt
3 07 Busy Day for Big Chris Big Chris struggles to find time to relax because every time he sits down, someone wants his help
3 08 Tin Top Gets Scared Flash decides to play a mischievous trick on Tin Top
3 09 Roary Loses a Friend Big Chris accidentally throws away Roary's lucky teddy, and sets out to retrieve it before it reaches the rubbish dump
3 10 Spooky Forest Maxi tricks the friends into thinking the forest is haunted
3 11 FB in the Fast Lane FB the flatbed truck competes against Maxi at the racetrack - with disastrous results
3 12 Roary Goes Back to School Roary heads back to school to brush up on his safety skills
3 13 The Rabbit That Yelled Stop Flash challenges Roary to take part in a race
3 14 Cici Gets Fired Up Silver Hatch suffers a fuel crisis, so everyone relies on solar-powered Cici
3 15 Stars and Cars Big Chris is invited to sing karaoke on TV
3 16 Crash Test Roary Oh no! Roary is not concentrating on the race track until he hits obstacles on the road!
3 17 Roary Sees Red
3 18 Rusty Takes a Trip The cheerful racing car and his friends plan a surprise for Rusty.
3 19 Roary Cleans Up His Act The colourful car tackles a water shortage at Silver Hatch to make sure the gang are ready for an important photo shoot!
3 20 Green Eyed Roary Maxi chooses Cici as his training partner.
3 21 Big Chris Forgets Marsha celebrates her birthday, but Big Chris forgets all about the occasion!
3 22 Big Chris Babysits The mechanic looks after Roary and Cici, but it seems he's the one who needs babysitting!
3 23 Roary and Nigel Roary gets taken away by a cockatoo.
3 50 Roary Gets It Wrong Farmer Green asks Roary the little car to deliver parcels around the track!
3 51 Computer Calamity Mr. Carburettor announces he wants to move with the times and be more modern.
3 52 Roary Digs Deep Roary faces his demons when he races against Maxi.
4 01 Cici Spectacular Roary tries to ease Cici's nerves when Farmer Green asks her to perform one of her stunts in front of a big crowd.
4 04 Tall Story Roary Silver Hatch's loudspeaker system breaks, just as Roary is about to perform a dangerous stunt!
4 05 Hot Stuff The cars go on a day trip to the beach.
4 06 Car Boot Sale Big Chris tries to get rid of his junk at Farmer Green's car boot sale!
4 07 Testing Time for Maxi P.C. Pete and Nick visit Silver Hatch to give the cars their road tests, but Maxi fails every single one! Oh no!
4 09 Flash's Tea Party Flash invites everyone for afternoon tea, but forgets to tell them each to bring a dish.
4 11 Hellie's a Winner Hellie is accused of cheating when he joins the cars on the track!
4 12 Cry Cold Big Chris catches a cold, and enjoys being fussed over so much that he decides not to tell everyone when he starts to feel better!
5 04 Simply The Best Plugger rescues Molecom, and Roary tries to beat his best lap time.
5 09 How the Hatch Was Won Big Chris tries to cheer up a homesick Tin Top, but someone is causing trouble on the track!


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