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Racer X Is Secretly Speed’s Older Brother Rex, Who Ran Away From Home Years Ago

April 15th, 2008

Speed’s greatest rival throughout the series was the Masked Racer, aka Racer X. This enigmatic figure was initially viewed as a jinx, despite his obvious talent, and other drivers feared the arrival of his car, the Shooting Star. Racer X was both an adversary and ally during many of Speed’s adventures.

“You paid how much for your car insurance?”

What Speed didn’t know–but we did, thanks to the narrator’s frequent reminders–was that the Masked Racer was “secretly Speed’s older brother Rex, who ran away from home years ago.” When Pops Racer forbade him from further racing after a fiery crash, Rex hit the road.

Mentored by the famous Kapetepekan driver Kabala (about whom there’ll be more in a future post), Rex became a whiz behind the wheel and adopted a disguise to avoid Pops’ ire while keeping an eye on his brother.

The relationship between Rex and Speed was one that dared not speak its name.

Eventually, Racer X became a secret agent, using his globe-hopping career as a cover for his clandestine activities, saving the world from the likes of “International Spies, Incorporated.” But just before he retired from the circuit to be a full-time spy, Speed finally confronted him about his true identity.

This is Vic’s favorite scene from Speed Racer. You’re welcome, Vic.

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