Mecano Challenge s08e11
Titre original : Rock Crawler
In the showdown of this series, classic car nuts, the Beasts of Bodmin, take on Essex forklift trio, The Powerlifters. Both teams have shown their mettle in the run up to the final, but how will they cope with one of the hardest challenges to date? In a quest for Scrapheap glory, our finalists will be making cars that can clamber over boulders – Rock Crawlers!
Beasts of Bodmin
Mysterious and graceful, stealthy yet fast, well, these Beasts of Bodmin may not quite be. However, the classics lovers spend more than their fair share of time with that feline of the vehicle world – the Jaguar. Enthusiasts and restorers of classic Jags and motorbikes, captain Brian and his partners-in-crime Steve and Spencer enjoy nothing more than a spin across Bodmin Moor. Tons of experience and a steely determination to hunt down and tear apart their opposition, the Beasts could be ones to watch out for!
The Beasts made it to the final by first proving their worth as milkmen in AC/DC Dairy Dash with a 4x4 electric car conversion that saw off a challenge from The 7s. They went on to dismiss the Nuzzling Badgers in Steeplechase, hurdling to victory, again, in a converted 4x4.
The Beasts of Bodmin's expert is engine aficionado John Carroll. As the editor of Land Rover World and 4x4 Magazine, John has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all things off-road. He is the author of over 20 books, including The World's Greatest Tractors and The Complete British Motorcycle. When he's not writing, John can be found maintaining and running his own fleet of classic vehicles, which includes Jeeps, Land Rovers and Harley-Davidsons!
Neil, Mark and Dave are true Scrapheap! These boys love their drag racing and hot rodding and are all forklift maintenance engineers in Essex. Bald, tattooed and pierced, Neil and Dave provide the main double act but gentle giant Mark doesn't seem to mind playing the fall guy to the duo. Energetic and with a range of outside interests, The Powerlifters are hardworking, straight talking, great fun, and claim to be able to take on anything Scrapheap can throw at them!
The Powerlifters reached the final by winning their first challenge, Underwater Cars, in a bodged 4x4 at the expense of the Apache Warriors. In their icicle tricycle, they then slid past the Lumbering Jacks in Polar Pinball to meet The Big Dippers in Monster Drag Racing, where they coached to victory.
The Powerlifters' expert is monster truck maestro and Scrapheap friend Oz Wickham, who previously provided expertise on Wheelie Car in series six. Oz, a mechanical wizard, works for a staging company that build moving platforms for rock concerts. He boasts a first in having built the world's only monster Land Rover, christened the Fat Landy!
Our judge this week is another friend of the show, Dr James Brighton. James is a vehicle research engineer from Cranfield University who has been involved behind the scenes of every Scrapheap Challenge series to date!