Mr. Horsepower is the cartoon mascot and logo of Clay Smith Cams, an auto shop established in 1931. He is a sneering, cigar-smoking caricature of legendary hotrod guru Clay Smith. Mr. Horsepower is rarely without a cigar, but when he is, he has a "cigar replacement" - such as a candy cane for the holidays.
The Mr. Horsepower logo is commonly seen as a car decal, tattoo,
The logo has appeared in video games, most prominently perhaps in Sega GT 2002 for the Xbox video game console.
The guitar of Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel is decorated with Mr. Horsepower on the body and also on the headstock.
The logo has also appeared in the Coen brothers' Raising Arizona, where the main character, H.I., and his antithesis, Leonard Smalls, both had tattoos very similar though not identical to that of the thrush bird.
Some people have confused Mr. Horsepower with the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker. The notable points of contrast are that Woody Woodpecker's beak is curved but smooth on top and bottom, and his head-feathers form a well-contained "V" shape... Read More