Father and son claim best robot combat machine
EXCLUSIVE by Tom Jackson A FATHER and son team have laid claim to building the best robot combat machine in the country, after winning four tournaments in a row in style. Gilbert and Robert Grimm s robot, Iron-Awe 5, has now gone 18 bouts without losin
EXCLUSIVE by Tom Jackson
A FATHER and son team have laid claim to building the best robot combat machine in the country, after winning four tournaments in a row in style.
Gilbert and Robert Grimm's robot, Iron-Awe 5, has now gone 18 'bouts' without losing - with the robot's only ever defeat caused by a mechanical fault.
The unbeaten run is the equivalent of winning the former TV game show Robot Wars two years running.
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Gilbert and Robert, of High Road, Gorefield, started building robots in 2000 after watching Robot Wars.
Gilbert said: "It has taken us a long time to get there but we are currently very, very good.
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"It's thanks to the design of the robot and the fact that my son Robert is a very good driver of the robot."
Iron-Awe 5 - an improved version of their previous fighter Iron-Awe 3 - won third place on its first outing in the UK Championship last year. A mechanical fault destroyed any chances of winning on its debut outing.
"But, as soon as we put that problem right, we have not lost a single battle," said Gilbert.
Team Iron-Awe has since racked up four title wins in succession in tournaments held across the country, with most of their bouts being won by throwing their opponent out of a battle arena thanks to a very powerful flipper.
Gilbert said: "To win four tournaments in a row is quite phenomenal. As far as I am aware, it has never been done before."
But development of the robot hasn't stopped there, with the Grimms in the process of improving the power of the flipper even more.