Author's note: I've had an idea for this rolling around for a good while now, but before I get into the story, a few things need to be explained. Understand first that "Wacky Races", where Penelope & the Ant Hill Mob made their debut in 1968, was based on "The Great Race", and it's generally been assumed the show was set in the present day, as opposed to the spinoffs that followed the next year. The original "Perils of Penelope Pitstop", taking its cues from the silent film era melodramas, was in fact set in the late 1920's. Penelope's racing gear in "Races" reportedly was of a 1930's design, so there exists the prospect of a time warp, but I don't think so. It's safe to assume that "Dastardly & Muttley in Their Flying Machines", the other spinoff, was also set around the 20's, which would be peace time following WWI, or much later. But, we're focusing on Penelope here, so let's try to link things together. What I've decided to do is create a motivating point for Sylvester Sneekly (Hooded Claw) to make a run at Penelope's fortune. Thus, the series will now be reset around the time of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, 40 years before the cartoon. 17 episodes were produced, with virtually no final resolution. In Book 1, we'll find out exactly what happened to Penelope, Sneekly, the Bullys, and the Ant Hill Mob.