FIGURE 24. The Box
giving SID a ride.
FIGURE 27. Ripto stuck
on the arena wall.
FIGURE 29. Play 'n Crazy rips the
wheel from Prototype.
Play 'n Crazy
the top of
FIGURE 31. Ripto launches Topsy Turvey.
FIGURE 32. Topsy Turvey on the edge of
the pit with Ripto lining up for the kill.
FIGURE 33. Bill Bechtel with his bot
Topsy Turvey after the match with
Ripto – son Max frowns from behind.
FIGURE 34. Sidewinder after second match
against the arena wall (Figure 27).
Ripto was stuck and counted out for
non-movement. Sidewinder was
cosmetically repaired with a
In third round action,
Hammerhead and The Box pushed
their opponents Topsy Turvey and
Sidewinder, respectively, into the pit.
The fourth round of the winner’s
bracket saw The Box defeat
Hammerhead to move to the Beetle
Heath Hill replaced the wheel
and motor on his bot Prototype
(Figure 28) and went on to defeat
Spikes in the loser’s bracket, only to
be paired again with Brandon
Young and Play ‘n Crazy. It looked
like a replay of the first match with
Play ‘n Crazy ripping the wheel and
the motor out of Prototype and
again launching itself in the process
(Figure 29). Sidewinder would end
Play ‘n Crazy’s day when Play ‘n
Crazy came over the top of
Sidewinder (Figure 30) and drove
into the pit.
The real story of the loser’s
bracket was Ripto. It appeared that
Ripto was on a mission to launch its
opponents into orbit. Ripto
absolutely bludgeoned Topsy Turvey
by splitting both of its side rails and
chewing up the front plate before
launching it skyward (Figure 31).
When Topsy Turvey came to rest, it
was on the edge of the pit (Figure
32) and Ripto gently pushed it into
the pit to end the carnage.
Following the match, Bill Bechtel
posed with Topsy Turvey while his
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