|“||Get out of the way! Why don't you look where you going, shrimp!||„|
|~ Vinnie calling Thomas names while bumping him out of the way at Brendam Docks.|
Vinnie is the main antagonist in Thomas & Friends: The Great Race. He is a North American engine competitor in the Strongest Engine competition in the Great Railway Show.
Along with the other international engines, Vinnie accidentally came to Sodor when the ferry they were stopped at Brendam. He and the other engines, except Ashima, promptly got back on the ferry, but not before he had the chance to bump Thomas out of his way and called him a shrimp.At the Great Railway Show, Vinnie participated in the Strongest Engine competition. It is most likely he won since he was in the lead the entire time, but is not confirmed which probably he win this competition. On his way to the track where his competition was to take place, Philip blocked his way. Vinnie insulted Philip and told him to watch where he was going. Later, Philip got in Vinnie's way again. Vinnie, annoyed at Philip, chased him briefly before being covered in coal from a hopper that Carlos was using. Infuriated, Vinnie chased Philip through the yard, eventually ending up in the middle of the Shunting Challenge. Vinnie derailed two of Gina's flatbeds, which were blocking his way, before cornering Philip near a turntable and trying to force the little shunter into the turntable well. Thomas and Ashima then managed to couple up to the big tender engine and pull him away, allowing Philip to escape. Vinnie resisted, which caused Thomas' coupling to snap. This launched Vinnie into a set of points that were set against him, derailing him and sending him crashing into an electricity pylon, which then fell on top of him. Vinnie was left trapped under the pylon, screaming for help.
His fate afterwards is remaining there for the rest of the day and was rescued that evening, after which he returned home to North Amercia.