Robot Assault was going to be Team Rolling Thunders big event of 2003 but things did not go as planned.
We had intended to
field robots in the Heavyweight, Middleweight, 12lb and Ant weight classes. The Heavyweight, Xtreme impaX was complete with its new more powerful drive train and its new, much larger teeth, Marks, Man
O War had done reasonably well at NCRSFIV and was expected to do well after fixing a couple of small problems, Andrews 12lber Cheep shot was entered mainly for fun and to give him his first taste of
competing and finally the Ant was to have had its first fights.
Mark fell seriously ill a few weeks before the competition and was unable to attend with Man O War but thankfully has since made a
good recovery and will be back.
We arrived in Hendersonville, NC at about 8pm on the Friday after a five hour drive from Cary and unloaded all the Bots. I spent the next few hours making sure
everything worked and getting the bots through most of the safety inspections. All passed without problems and at around midnight I headed back to the Motel to join the rest of the family.
morning we arrived early to help out completing the Arena. Andrew and I nailed 2x4 strips around the top edges to seal a gap. Once the arena was complete we were one of the first to test a bot in it as
we had to show that Xtreme impaX was maneuverable and could spin up and down safely. The floor was very slippery and I had problems with wheel spin but the practice spinup went well with the dish
showing little or no balance problems even at full speed.
Cheep Shot competed first against VBT12.
VBT12 has a vertical disk whist Cheep Shot is a slowish pushy bot so all Andrew could
do was try to be as aggressive as possible and try to stop the blade spinning and hope something broke. Cheep Shot was thrown a couple of times and took everything VBT12 could give with little apparent
real damage and then VBT12 got high sided on a flaw in the floor. I made the mistake in telling Andrew to push him off as I had thought there was no "Two stops and you're out" rule at RA. In
the event it probably made no difference as he did not get stuck again and went (deservedly) on to win on points. Andrew had really enjoyed his first fight and was not disappointed at losing.