In March 2018, roboteers and fighting robots fans in the UK were left extremely deflated after the BBC decided to cancel
Robot Wars. Thanks to the rebooted
series and its American counterpart,
BattleBots™ (enjoying its third season
back this year), the sport of fighting
robots was beginning to see a surge in
popularity and a much larger audience
enjoying the metal-smashing carnage.
The live scene audiences were
noticeably bigger, aspiring builders
were popping up everywhere, and
the diversity in the sport is enjoying a
massive boost! It was a real blow to
the U.K. community to lose its only
televised fighting robots TV show at
a time when the sport is becoming
While the live circuit in the U.K. is
still going strong, fighting robots fans
in the north of England and Scotland
have little access to it due to distance
constraints. A new Beetleweight
event called Robodojo is soon to
kick-off in the north of England.
There are still no events in Scotland,
and no heavyweight events north of
result: I was finally lined up on his side
and was able to get a good solid hit
on his jaw. Go me! Woo hoo! I made
sparks! Awh dang! He caught me
again. That was short lived.
More fire, and I keep getting
carried around like an old carpet.
He has to let go after 20 seconds. I
slip out and go into the gyro dance
again but he’s onto me. As soon as
I started the spin, Warhead simply
moved backwards out of the way, and
when I came down he was ready to
pounce instead of being in front of my
weapon. Dang, he’s good.
That’s basically how the whole
fight went. Warhead made me his b...
eeer...punk. It was a BLAST!
We did learn a few things. Like
the fact our tires were not actually
attached to the rims as we had
thought. We fixed that. One of the
external radio antennas got fried.
We moved them inside with a Lexan
shield. Those pulverizers are no joke!
The only real damage we took was a
nice dent from the hammers. I thought
it added character and since it didn’t
affect his operation at all, I left it.
Sharks need a few scars.
Sharko was too slow. We had the
Tormach guys machine keyways into
some bigger sprockets we had brought
(it was SO great having Tormach
there!) and put those on the
bot. That gave us a little more
speed at the cost of a little less
power, but it was a good trade.
We needed more speed to be
All in all, it was the best use
of a couple old propane tanks
and wheelchair motors I could
ever imagine. I built and fought
a pre-historic shark against a fire-breathing dinosaur. I got to play
an awesome video game in real
life. After the fight, I gave them
the tire they literally chewed off
Team Warhead all signed a section
of Warhead’s teeth that had been bent
miserably when they tried to bite down
on Sharko. Shark skin is tough! They
brought it over and I started bawling.
It was an honor to be beaten by
them. True gentlemen and champion
roboteers. Sometimes, when you meet
your heroes, they politely kick your bot
and send you on your way smiling.
When a Community Comes
Together By Sarah Malyan
24 SERVO 09/10.2018
All photos in this article are by Tony
Woodward and Jon Bennet, courtesy