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unable to move as it was stuck
against the wall of the arena,
giving Dead Metal the
Immediately following the
Mantisweight championship tilt,
the awards were given out.
Winners received trophies
modeled after the starting light,
which closely resembles the
starting lights in drag racing.
Plaques were handed out for
various other awards. Threecoil
from Team Brain Damage earned
Best Engineered; Best Driver was
Dawson Brown of Team Dinobots;
Quickest Knockout went to Ripto; and the Long Distance
Award went to Team Dinobots, who traveled from
Edmonds, WA — a trip of nearly 3,000 miles.
The Dave Graham Memorial Sportsmanship Award was
given to Tim Thompson because of his attitude, friendly
demeanor, and desire to make Bot Blast a positive
experience for participants and spectators. “Dave was the
person who always did what was best for the sport,” said
Campbell. His biggest belief was sportsmanship, and he
believed in putting on a good
show for the fans. That’s why
me, my dad, and my mom
(Warren and Trish Campbell)
agreed that the Sportsmanship
Award should be named in his
“It means a lot to me
because I had the opportunity
to meet Dave at the first event I
ever went to,” said Thompson.
“He was a great guy. He helped
me move my building skills
along from just a small acrylic
box with a little pathetic plastic
gearbox to what I’ve got now.
He was a true sportsman, and
I’m floored to actually have
Dave Graham (who recently
lost his battle with cancer) was
a good friend to many of the
Bot Blast competitors. He left
behind a treasure trove of
knowledge and memories, and
the competitors at Bot Blast
who knew him could be seen
demonstrating the values and
lessons they learned from him.
“I wasn’t expecting to win it because I wasn’t going
out of my way to be friendly, or joking, or anything like
that,” said Thompson. “I was just being me. I’m not in this
thing to try to win the prizes. I’m not in this to have
legitimate rivalries and try to outcompete everybody. I’m
just here to throw away some money and watch some
plastic get destroyed.” SV
Michael Connerton (left) repairs Antweight bot Hercules as father Jack Connerton watches. Bot Blast champions from left to right were Mantisweight champion Dead Metal, Beetleweight champion Mondo Bizarro, and Antweight champion FireArrow.
The coveted championship trophies presented to the winner of each weight class were a golden replica of the starting light used to signal the start of a fight.