Ace "The Racer" is an Australian rally car who inspires Thomas to become the first engine to travel the world.
Thomas & Friends
A worldwide rally was being held, with five rallies across five continents. Ace was one of the competitors, and was on his way to Sodor to catch a ship to get to Africa, where the first rally was being held. On his way to Sodor, he raced past an unsuspecting Thin Clergyman, who was riding a bike, and almost caused him to fall over.
He then met Flying Scotsman, and asked him if the way he was going was to Sodor, Flying Scotsman confirmed that he was going the right way, but the way was engines only. Then, Ace spotted a broken fence that was angled like a ramp. He proceeded to race towards it and jumped the fence, landing on the track. Flying Scostman asked where Ace thought he was going, and Ace replied that he was going to cross the Vicarstown Bridge. Ace almost had a collision with Sidney, but managed to dodge him, and then remarking that he shouldn't blow a gasket over nothing.
Later, he was doing speed trials on Thomas' Branch Line, and met Thomas. Thomas challenged him to a race, and Ace easily beat him up to Ffarquhar, while Thomas watched in awe. When Thomas arrived at Ffarquhar, Ace introduced himself, and informed Thomas of the worldwide rally. Thomas stated how he had always wanted to see the world, and Ace told him that there are rails in other countries, and convinced him that he could be the first engine to travel all the way around the world. Ace then resumed his speed trials. Later that day, Thomas decided to tag along with Ace on his journey.
The next morning, Thomas and Ace arrived in Africa, and Ace manages to make it to the first Race, which was running right through the Sahara, but ended up leaving Thomas behind. Thomas knew that the race went up to Dar es Salaam Docks, so he decided that he would make his way up there.
Ace is a rally car, who can be a bit full of himself. He thinks he’s cool and clever too and expects the admiration and support of everyone around him. If it’s not about him, he’s not likely to be interested. Ace is a thrill seeker, who lives for speed and loves to drive dangerously. But he’s not as brave as he’d like you to think, being rather frightened of both wild animals and water. Ace is a dreamer who sees the world as his oyster. If he could only get over himself, he might become a nice guy.
Ace is based on a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 with a roof rack for his spare tyre.
Ace is painted yellow with white stripes and silver wheels. His number "43" is painted on his doors in black.
- Peter Andre (UK/US)
- Ace's horn plays the chorus of the Australian song Waltzing Matilda.