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Scooby Wagon tops kid car poll (sarah michelle gellar mention)

Tuesday 1 August 2006, by Webmaster

SCOOBY Doo’s Mystery Machine was yesterday voted the best screen motor of all time by kids.

It beat the Batmobile, James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 and Kitt from Knight Rider as the top fictional car.

Fans across the world have copied the Mystery Machine by driving around in vans painted blue and green and covered in flowers.

The 1968 Chevrolet Sport-van first appeared on TV screens in 1969 and has been most recently seen in the Scooby Doo films starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The poll of 3000 children was conducted by Toys R Us to coincide with the launch of Disney Pixar’s new movie Cars.

Herbie, the Love Bug, took second place.

The Volkswagen Beetle, which has a life of its own, has appeared in five movies since 1969, including last year’s Herbie Fully Loaded.

Batman’s Batmobile came third.

Other favourites included Harry Potter’s flying Ford Anglia in fifth, the A-Team van in sixth and the General Lee from The Dukes Of Hazzard in 16th.

Many of the cars have been delighting generations of kids, with classic cartoon The Wacky Races providing two entries.

Dick Dastardly and Mutt-ley’s Mean Machine came ninth, five places ahead of Penelope Pitstop’s pink car The Compact Pussycat.

A Toys R Us spokeswoman said: "We know fictional cars are incredibly popular with our customers because, with the launch of any new film, sales of related merchandise go through the roof.

"We’ve already seen memorabilia for Pixar’s Cars fly off of the shelves and expect sales to increase further after the launch on Friday."