Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #30, in which Casey Jones and the Turtles journey to an alternate dimension populated entirely by car racing lunatics who look much like the guy on the cover of this issue (That issue, by the way, was by Rick Veitch, making his return to the title after his three-issue, 1989 story arc, "The River").
That proved not to be the case, as editor Steve Murphy notes in his introduction. That character is "demon hot-rodder Von Clutch," and the headless lady riding shotgun is his girlfriend, Darlin'. They are apparently characters created by Laird and some Mirage co-horts for their "intellectual property development company" Funatix!, Inc.
the last issue we covered, it doesn't really "work" by the rules the creators have already established for themselves. After all, it's Michaelangelo who narrates the introductory page, saying "...Let me tell you a story.." But when it comes time for the actual story being told, the one that fills up the issue, Casey and April's adopted daughter Shadow is once again the narrator. And, as with the several previous Shadow-centric stories, that narration comes in the form of her journal entries.
She and Casey are taking his meticulously restored and cared for '57 Chevy Bel Aire way out west to where Casey spread Shadow's mother's ashes (in the "City At War" storyline that closed out the original 1984-1993 volume of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Michaelanglo, wearing the perfect disguise of a trench coat and hat, is riding along in the backseat.
As they're driving along, Shadow is reading about highway apparitions in an issue of The Fortean Times, and there's a neat bit where Casey harumphs Fortenalia in general, using old man words like hooey and malarkey. Given Casey's life experiences, you think he'd be a bit more open-minded.
"I don't think walkin' talkin' five-foot tall mutant turtles are allowed to be skeptics," Michaelangelo says when Shadow asks him what he thinks, and Casey eventually narrows his skepticism down a little: "I just don't believe in ghosts is all."
Casey, Shadow and Michaelangelo find themselves racing Von Clutch and Darlin' for their souls, but Shadow has a secret weapon: She found a human skull not far from the side of the road when they made a pit stop, and tosses it to Darlin'. Turns out her intuition was right; it was her skull, and its absence was what was tying her and Von Clutch to this world.
Her head reattached to her body, they ascend to heaven, releasing the souls of all the others Von Clutch has beaten in the past.
As our heroes ride off, one more ghost appears—that of Shadow's mother Gabby.
This issue also has a back-up story, a six-pager by Murphy and Lawson once again starring Utrom scientist Professor Obligado.