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drums (Fat Kitty and Hopeful
Narwhal), three horizontals
(Flash of the Blade, Sir Flick-D-Butt, and Instability), two
offset spinners (PTSD and
Tempest), two wedges (Pink
Panther and Flex which had
a clamper), and two joke
bots (Sniffles, a box of
Kleenex, and Not AIRPLANE
The weaponized robots
dominated the early matches, leading
to the quarter finals where Boomer
faced off against Flex. Boomer’s
devastating vertical weapon was able
to knock Flex around the arena, but a
malfunction resulted in Boomer
Boomer went on to face Fat Cat’s
solidly built drum to see who would
win the loser’s bracket. The higher
RPM of Fat Cat’s drum proved to be
decisive as Boomer went flying during
head-to-head encounters. Fat Cat
moved on to face Flex in the finals.
The SAC Attack arena has a push-out which leads to a large
Rubbermaid™trash can which
competitors use during the event.
However, the rules on the ring out are
that it is only opened if neither robot
is weaponized or both competitors
agree. Clearly, having the push out
closed is an advantage to the
Flex had taken substantial
damage during its fight with Boomer,
having its lifter forcibly removed. With
some loaner tools and liberal amounts
of glue, it was back in the arena. Fat
Cat’s drum first removed Flex’s
clamper, and then threw Flex out of
the arena. This left previously
undefeated Flex with 20 minutes
to get their robot back to face
Fat Cat a second time.
At this point, the Antweight
rumble brought in seven of the
remaining robots. Carnage and
mayhem resulted with the match
coming down to just three
robots: Not AIRPLANE VENT
COVER (NAVC) which refused to
die, Hopeful Narwhal whose drum
was jammed with Klenex from
Sniffles, and Ventito.
Ventito had done the majority of
the knockouts and was able to take
out NAVC, but Hopeful Narwhal’s
superior pushing was able to get
Ventito stuck on the floor which left
Hopeful Narwhal the rumble winner.
Flex made it back after substantial
repairs, but the final match ended
with a rapid knockout as Fat Cat’s
drum once again tossed Flex up and
over the arena wall.
The Fairyweights featured the
spectacular Fajita (an overhead
spinner with a titanium blade) in its
second event after its win at San
Leandro Ant Wars. Also in the field
were three wedges (Sir LiftaBOT, Itty
Bitty Kitty, and My Little Kitty), and a
clamper lifter (Crabby).
Fajita raced through the field,
destroying the Teflon top on Itty Bitty
Kitty. The next match pitted the father
and daughter from Team Bad Kitty
against each other, with dad driving
Itty Bitty Kitty and daughter driving
My Little Kitty. Ironically, the kid had
just spent the past half hour putting
Itty Bitty Kitty back together for her
dad after the beating it took from
The younger kitty out-drove the
older one which resulted in My Little
Kitty moving forward to out-wedge Sir
LiftaBot, but its run was ended by the
expert driving and lifting of Crabby.
This brought the Vasquez brothers
face-to-face in the finals where Fajita
faced off against Crabby.
As has happened in every final at
the event, the robot from the loser’s
bracket won the round with robots
taking damage. This meant the
brothers would face off one last time
to decide who would take the
Fajita’s weapon quickly did
significant damage to Crabby. The
arena was so torn up as a result of
the day’s fights, that the tiny Fairy
Fajita could only navigate the gaps in
the floor in reverse and flip around
immediately before its attack which
gave the elder Vasquez an opportunity
to demonstrate virtuoso driving skills.
Antweight Flex by Team Pfiffer.
Antweight PTSD by Team Rockitz, Kelly
Fairyweight Fajita by Team Fast Electric
Robots, Matthew Vasquez.
Fairyweight Sir LiftaBot by Team
SACBotz, Anthony Thomas.
Additional photos are available at the article link.