This was our first trip to Motorama, NERCs indoor event at the end of Febuary. As no heavyweights were allowed and we would not be able to attend the antweight event on
the Friday we were taking just two bots with us. Both were brand new and although we had done some test driving we did not know how they would stand up to combat.
Xhilerating impaX was my sons new
bot and over a year in the design and building. It is a 4WD Wedge/Pushy bot with 1/4" 6061 Aluminium armour and powered by two A-Pack motors running at 12v.
CheepShot 2.0, in contrast, was
designed in a couple of days and was a 2WD Wedge powered by two Harbor Freight 12v drill motor/gearboxes using mtroniks ESCs at 12v. Armour was again 1/4" 6061 Aluminium.
I picked my son
up early from his school at 12 noon and together we set of on the 7 hour drive up to Harrisburg PA. We stopped only once for a walk about just south of Washington. My Son was unusually subdued during
this trip and it turned out he had a bit of a stomach upset. Weather was fine the entire way and apart from a little delay around Washington (Thank goodness for HOV lanes!) we made it to our Hotel, the
Hampton Inn on Union Deposit road, at about 7.00pm.
After checking in we set off for the venue, the PA Farm Show grounds. We found this easily enough and soon were pushing our trolley
load of bots etc. into the pit area. The Ant event was just finishing and they were carrying out the safetys for the next days competition. We seeked out Tony from Team Radicus who as promised lent us
a Futuba RX and Channel 84 Xtals for use in CheepShot (WE had planned to use our Novak XXTra but found it was not working shortly before setting off for PA.) We gave him a small pack of Blueberry
Morning Coffee, his favourite, in thanks.
With bots all ready to go we headed to Safety where both passed. We had been a little worried about the weights but Xhilerating impaX weighed in at exactly
30lbs and CheepShot 2.0 hovering between 11.5 and 12 lbs. The other worry was that Xhilarating impaX would not completely shut down when the failsafes cut in. Fortunately this test was done with the
wheels on the ground in the area and the very low power on fail-safe would not move the bot. so we passed. It was also our first chance to drive them on a metal arena floor and both proved harder to
handle than on the concrete and black top back home.
The competition was being held in the "Small Arena" with some of the pits beside it and more through a door in a corner of a very large hall.
There was an incredible amount of other stuff going on on the Site. There were hundreds of Motorcycles, Quad Bikes, midget racers etc. and the show is worth going to just to them and all the racing in
the bigger arenas.
Through Safety we headed back to the hotel, stopping of at the Denny's across the road for a bite to eat. My son still wasn't feeling to great and this came to head when he was
sick when we got back to our room. Fortunately he had a good aim for the toilet! He felt much better afterwards and after a good nights sleep was his usual bouncy self again.