offset by an
improvement in quality.
The two smallest
weight classes competed
on Friday before the
main show opened,
since they lack the
spectacle of the heavier
bots. Friday morning is
typically spent setting up
the small arena, the
tables in the pits, etc.,
and the fights get
started in the early
Five 250 g
Fairyweights and 18 1 lb
Antweights took part.
went round robin, i.e.,
each bot fought every
other one. Two bots
Demise (Figure 1) and
Lolcat with its horizontal
beater bar. The winner
was decided when Demise ripped open
Lolcat’s wheel guard and knocked out the
drive on that side (Figure 2). Demise
went 5-0 to take first place, with Lolcat
and Keres (Figure 3) taking second and
The Antweight contest was double
elimination — each bot had to lose twice
to be eliminated.
There were strong performances from
Poco Tambor (Figure 4), Algos (Figure 5),
and Gyroscopic (Figure 6), but it came
down in the end to who was tougher —
Cannon (Figure 7) or Low Blow
(Figure 8). Cannon won the first round,
but Low Blow came back through the
loser’s brackets to beat Cannon twice in
the finals, wrecking it in the process
(Figure 9) to take a well deserved first
place. While this competition was taking place, NERC
members and volunteers assembled the main 16 x 16
arena (Figure 10), and carried out the safety checks on
any of the larger bots that had arrived.
The main event for the Beetleweight and heavier
classes of bots got underway on Saturday. The morning
saw many more teams arrive and the pits fill up. There
was the usual rush as teams completed their bots and
got them through safety.
FIGURE 9. Cannon after
fighting Low Blow.
FIGURE 10. Building the big arena.
FIGURE 11. Busy bleachers.
The fights got underway around noon, and
continued with only a short break for lunch until early
evening, then restarted the next morning with the last
finals held around 4 pm on Sunday. There were big
crowds throughout Saturday (Figure 11) and steady
attendance on Sunday.
Twenty-nine bots fought it out in the 3 lb
Beetleweight class. Newcomers like the horizontal blade
spinner Coercion (Figure 12), Weta Kit Mondo Bizarro
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