During my trips to and from work the last couple weeks, I've been watching Super-God Masterforce, one of the Japan-only sequels to the original Transformers cartoon from the '80s.

There are three main gimmicks being sold in Masterforce. There are the Pretenders, Transformers who crashed to Earth ages ago, and took the forms of humans and monsters to fit in (cough). They can drop these disguises and assume the original robot modes, then transform into vehicles. Then there are the Headmaster Jrs, kids on both sides who've been granted Master Braces that allow them to become the heads of Transtectors, lifeless transforming bodies. Finally there are the Godmasters, who also have Master Braces and Transtectors, but they become the engines of their rides, and wield strange powers (this is an anime, after all). Both sides have been searching for these Godmasters, in order to increase their own power for the final battle, control of the Earth, blah blah blah.

In episode 19 of the series, the three Jrs have been invited by newly minted Godmaster Lightfoot to watch one of his company's F1 cars race at Rouen. There they meet the legendary racer Road King, and discover that he unknowingly posses a Transtector and is the fourth Godmaster they seek, but that's not what I'm posting about. No, I wanted to show some screencaps that show F1 in all it's 1988 goodness (well, in as much as IP laws and licensing would let Toei).

One of the best shots is atracking shot across the pits, which I've stitched together:

There's also the grandstands:

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And the flag stand:

And the trailers:

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But mostly there's the cars:

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And of course, there's a crash!

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I'm kinda surprised how faithfully they reproduced the liveries and sponsors of these cars. An American show of the same period would have made up or radically changed both to avoid issues, especially the Marlboro cars.