Arrow Emblem Hawk of the Grand Prix


Arrow Emblem Hawk of the Grand Prix was an anime series aired from 1977 to 1978 in Japan. There were 44 episodes aired at 25 minutes each. It is also known as "Arrow Emblem Grand Prix no Taka". In the US, it was re-edited to a short movie called "Super Grand Prix".

The story is about a young boy named Takaya Todoroki who dreams of becoming a F1 racer. He puts all his energy into winning a beginners heat, but causes a massive pile up due to an error of judgement. Initially swearing to give up racing. Then a masked stranger appears by his bedside in the hospital who turned out to be world-famous driver Nick Lambda. He encourages him to dust himself off and try driving a new prototype. Before long, he is a team member of "Katori Motors", hoping to become a world F1 champion, driving the "Todoroki special", a car built to his own design.

The name "Taka" comes from the main character's name Takaya. In the US the 44 episode series was significantly shortened to form a 90 minute movie for children called "Super Grand Prix" released by Liberty International on August 12, 2003. The story is essentially the same, except Takaya is now known as "Sean Corrigan" and nicknamed "Crash Corrigan" for the crash.

There were a number of Arrow Emblem race cars released under the Popynica toyline by Popy Pleasure in 1978 and 1979. Two things made these cars unique. The first is that the Arrow Emblem toy car designs carried heavy paint or stickers that made the F1 cars seem flashy and almost appear to be "tricked out". This is in the 70s when the best toy car line in the west, Matchbox, sold very simple scaled models of average street cars and occasional hotrods. The second is that the cars are derived from a successful TV series following, something Matchbox do not have.

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