Mecano Challenge s06e01
Titre original : Wheelie Cars
The first test of this year's Scrapheap Challenge is to build a car and drive along a short, winding course. Sounds simple, doesn't it? Well, not quite. In true Scrapheap style, there's a twist – the car has to navigate the course while doing a wheelie on its rear wheels. All of a sudden, it doesn't seem quite so easy.
Peter Scott, Simon Goodchild and Stuart Driver are a team of RAF engineers. They keep their feet firmly on the ground and spend their time hanging around in hangars.
Their ideal challenge is to build an ejector seat – as long as they don't have to be the guinea pigs. When it's time for chocks away, this highly skilled team could well be soaring to the top of the scrapheap.
The Squadron's technical consultant is Carl 'Oz' Wickham. Oz works for Monster Events Ltd, a company that builds stages and moving platforms for rock concerts. Aside from that he has built the world's first and only Monster Land Rover. Nicknamed 'Fat Landy', this bizarre vehicle takes passengers for a crushing cruise over parked cars.
James Ellis captains this Royal Navy team, with Adrian Eason-Bassett and Jason 'JJ' Swift standing firmly by his side. The three-man crew will ship out of HMS Sultan, Gosport and set sail to our sea of scrap. With their military precision, these navy boys will easily navigate their way through the competition.
The Destroyers' technical consultant is Tony Baily. Tony runs Moto-stunts International, a Suzuki Jeep display team that incorporates formation driving, wheelie stunts and stunt driving. Formerly a member of the Royal Artillery Motorbike Display team, known as the 'Flying Gunners', he has built all sorts of crazy cars.
Our first expert of the series is 'Rocket' Ronnie Piccardo. Ronnie is a legend in the world of drag racing and exhibition cars and has been involved with the sport since the 1960s. He regularly thrills the crowds at drag races around Europe in his jet-powered trucks and wheelie-ing Corvette Stingray – the very first wheelie car to be built in the UK.