to get its performance back up to
its fearsome "normal."
As the brackets thinned out,
Maniac Kathy had a good fight
against Play'n Krazy and won when
the latter got stuck at the one
position where he balanced with the
drive wheels off the ground.
Mondo Bizarro — now running on
a borrowed battery — almost suffered
the same fate in its fight against
Maniac Kathy, but it has a heavier and
faster beater bar and so was able to
throw itself back onto its wheels. It
quickly went on to remove one of
Maniac Kathys’ wheels and win by
In the winner’s bracket semi-final,
Grande Tambor and Mr. Croup had a
close match with Mr. Croup seeming
to have the advantage when his
opponent lost drive on one side, but
then it swung the other way when his
own weapon failed and he tapped out
when a lucky hit left Mr. Croup
balanced upside down and helpless.
In the loser’s bracket semi-final,
Mondo Bizarro just edged a judge’s
decision over Mr. Croup, so it was the
Motorama champion versus Grande
Tambor in the final. This was a classic.
Mondo Bizarro was clearly getting
in the better hits and looked to be
cruising to a win when with less than
a minute to go, he lost one of the
teeth in his beater bar and the
resultant severe vibration made the
bot nearly un-drivable. Grande Tambor
took advantage of this to get in
several big hits and Mondo Bizarro
was motionless by the time the buzzer
sounded for the end of the fight.
Mondo Bizarro with its missing
tooth can be seen in Figure 15.
There were three Hobbyweights
competing this year: Fiasco with its
big horizontal blade (Figure 16); the
drum spinner Upchuck (Figure 17);
and the fast wedge Flatline (Figure
18). Fiasco had already fought and
dismantled Upchuck at Motorama this
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FIGURE 14. FIGURE 15.