Mecano Challenge s08e08
Titre original : Car Fishing
Tractor fanatics the Nuzzling Badgers take on British Airways pilots the Flying Scotsmen in a fraught fishing contest. The teams compete to make machines that will retrieve three Minis floating on a lake. From dry land, the team members must pick up each car by the roof, without hooks or grabs.
Country loving, tractor tinkering engineers from Devon, the Nuzzling Badgers (named after their similarities to the furry forager) are Steve Hill, Steve Johnson and captain Gary. These guys are passionate about tractors and have restored large and small, old and new, rusty and rustier tractors of all shapes and sizes, including vintage models right through to the large, shiny beasts that roam today's farmlands. They're jovial, straight-talking, capable and here to make an impression!
Team expert Nick Bunch is an experienced marine salvage engineer. He's been a Scrapheap expert before and has worked at Seastructures Ltd on coastal and river defences. Nick enjoys trekking and mountain climbing.
Sky sailing, softly spoken Scotsmen on a mission, these British Airways pilots from Edinburgh can hardly contain their enthusiasm for the heap! Gentlemanly and polite, Andrew, Andrew and Paul have great team identity, team trust and a strong working ethos. Their skills come mainly from their mutual interest in building kit cars, buggies and trikes, but there is also boating and agricultural knowledge within the team. With the wife of each being called Heather, this is a strongly bonded team that could be set to soar!
Team expert Andrew Downes has been involved in the design, manufacture and installation of vacuum lifting and handling equipment for the last 27 years. He has owned his own business for the last 10 years and his company, Turbo Vacuumentation, has made lifting mechanisms for various high profile and prestigious projects.
Bristol man Bob McGrain has more than 30 years' experience in the field of heavy lifting. He is currently technical support manager for one of the biggest crane operators in the world, Ainscough Cranes.
A highlight of his prestigious career was winning 'Lift of the Year' in 2000 for the erection of a 900-tonne pressure vessel in Venezuela. He was also considered to have tackled one of the top three rigging jobs in 2004 – installing a mast on the world’s largest yacht. More importantly, of course, he was a Scrapheap Challenge judge in series four for Mobile Cranes.