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Deux équipes d'amateurs s'affrontent dans un cimetière de voitures et relèvent un défi consistant à assembler un véhicule sur un thème donné en dix heures.

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S03E01 Demolition 17/09/2000 The teams each have to build a machine capable of demolishing a set of industrial outbuildings at an old power station in Norwich. Sadly, no explosives are allowed, but they manage all the same. The Beach Boys, a group of twentysomething surfers, decide on a straightforward, human-powered battering ram, and do something no other team has ever managed — they finish building before time is up. The Chaos Crew keeps the Junkyard Wars tradition alive, with a great, big, nasty-looking machine. They build a big hydraulic claw that can rip down walls.
S03E02 Aerial Bomber 24/09/2000 Teams must build a nonpiloted flying vehicle that can accurately drop paint bombs on a target on the ground. Both teams need to go with radio-controlled vehicles, but that's where the similarities end. Three Revs a Minute are three trainee ministers (Get it? Revs?) who decide to build a working model airplane. Their opponents, The Mothers of Invention, go for a big blimp made of Mylar. The challenge begins at 3 a.m., since both teams want to avoid any wind.
S03E03 Underwater Chariot 01/10/2000 In this challenge, The N.E.R.D.S. (New England Rubbish Deconstruction Society) — the first American team to compete in the show — take on The Dipsticks, three undersea-oil-drilling platform engineers. The task of the day turns out to be a minisubmarine, which can pull two scuba-clad divers around an underwater obstacle course. The Dipsticks create an elaborate vehicle to ride in. The N.E.R.D.S. stick to their KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) philosophy and build a James-Bond-style diver tow, a submersible engine and a propeller, which pulls the divers behind it.
S03E04 Windmill 08/10/2000 The Techno-Teachers go up against The Manic Mechanics to see who can harness the forces of Mother Nature and build a windmill to power a machine crucial to life as we know it — a coffee grinder! One team constructs a conventional fan-bladed windmill, while their opponents go for a vertical-axis Savonious rotor. Quick on-screen sketches reveal which is best for which wind conditions. But a half-hour before the competition, the weather services release a gale warning, forcing one team to clip the blades off their windmill for fear of having them ripped off. But at competition time, the wind doesn't get over 2 miles per hour.
S03E05 Missile Launcher 15/10/2000 This time, a team called Filth goes up against the winner of Demolition (Chaos Crew or Beach Boys) to design and build a machine that can throw a rugby football as far as possible using only their own muscle power, so no motors allowed. They have to create something that can store muscle power gradually, then release it in a controlled burst. Filth decides to ignore their expert and creates a huge cross-bow-type machine. The other team decides to pump up an air cannon to shoot the ball. And while the winner can't be revealed, one team captain manages to throw his rugby ball farther than his machine could.
S03E06 Bridging Machines 22/10/2000 Brothers in Arms go up against the winner of Bomber (3 Revs a Minute or Mothers of Invention) in a challenge to build a vehicle that can carry all four members across a 30-foot ravine. The vehicle must also be capable of both deploying a bridge and retrieving it once the team is across. The Brothers go for a van-based bridger, while their opponents use bikes.
S03E07 Steam-Powered Car 29/10/2000 In the second semifinal match, the challenge is to make a vehicle that drives on steam power. One team finds a weird little three-wheeled car and adds a steam engine, their opponents decide to build a dragster. But don't think that these machines will be on the roads anytime soon. A broken drive shaft on one car has to be welded back together mid-race, while the other car has no brakes, and must be thrown into reverse to make it up hills.
S03E08 Giant Mower 05/11/2000 There's an acre of wheat to cut and collect. This semifinal Junkyard challenge sends the competitors down to the farm to see who can build the best mower. One team turns a taxicab into a take-no-prisoners lawnmower, while their opponents turn a pickup truck into a harvester. Amid lots of smoke and chugging, both teams' machines "buy the farm." The winning machine is an impromptu scythe made out of a foot of metal.
S03E09 Fireboat 12/11/2000 In the championship match, the two surviving teams see who can build a boat that will go across a lake and put out a fire in a burning building. One team builds a Land-Rover-based fireboat with an amazing pump, but their boat is less maneuverable than they'd like. The other team's pump is not as strong, and their boat keeps taking on water.
S03E10 Dragster 24/12/2000 Drag racing. Nothing gets a Junkyard Warrior's blood stirring like sheer speed. In this special match-up, the Season 3 champs go up against last year's winner to see who can go as fast as possible while staying on the ground. The champs go for a classic dragster car, but when their gearbox blows up, they have to flip the back axle upside down, making reverse gear push the car forward. Last year's winners go for a trike, which increases the possible speed, but takes much more precision to build.
S04E01 Egg Shooter 05/12/2001 The new series kicks off with our barmiest challenge yet: to build a machine that will fire an ostrich egg as far as possible and bring it back to earth in one piece. The machines must be mobile so that - if the eggs survive intact - they can be wheeled to the landing spot for another attempt. Each team is given three eggs and the winner is whoever has travelled the furthest after three shots.
S04E02 Monster Trucks 12/12/2001 The challenge for the second heat is to build a 'monster truck' and drive it around an 'S'-shaped course in a dirt oval. The trucks will have to climb dirt hillocks and crush a line of cars before accelerating home. Each team is allowed three runs: the winner is the one that sets the fastest time.
S04E03 Torpedo 19/12/2001 This week's challenge is to torpedo the opposition. Each team must build re-usable torpedoes that run just under the surface of the water, like the torpedoes used to attack boats (rather than those used to attack another submarine). The teams then have to try and hit wooden 'battleships' in front of each other's launch platforms, taking it in turn to fire. The platforms are 150 feet apart, and there's a rock in the middle which they have to steer their torpedoes around. They will have to hit each other's battleship three times. In the event of both teams being on target with their first two shots, the third and final shot will be a simultaneous shoot-out.
S04E04 Street Cleaner 26/12/2001 The teams have to build a four-man machine to clean up litter. Different kinds of rubbish (such as old cans, plastic bottles, newspapers, cardboard, old clothes and bin liners) will be spread over an area 50x50m and the teams will have half an hour to pick up as much as they can. When time is called, the winning team will be the one with the heaviest load of litter.
S04E05 White Water Rider 02/01/2002 The challenge is to build a powered craft to negotiate a stretch of white-water river. The craft must be powerful enough to get up the rapids but also have enough manoeuvrability to avoid treacherous rocks and to make a U-turn at the top of the course. Whoever sets the fastest single time in the course of three heats is the winner.
S04E06 Snowmobile 09/01/2002 The challenge is to build a one-man snowmobile. The test course, in the Mammoth Mountains, northern California, is circular with a 300-metre diameter. Each team has 10 minutes; the winner is the team whose snowmobile covers the most ground. In the event of breakdown, they'll be allowed to do repairs and restart twice.
S04E07 Mobile Crane 16/01/2002 This challenge is to build mobile cranes to lift and carry scrap down a course to a drop-off point. Each piece of scrap is allocated a points value relating to its weight or awkwardness. The team that accumulates the most points over two 15-minute rounds is the winner.
S04E08 Minesweeper 23/01/2002 This week's challenge is to build minesweepers.The test is over two rounds. In round one, each team is given 10 minutes to destroy as many paint-bomb mines as possible in a minefield containing 20 randomly buried mines. The team that destroys the most mines in this round will be given a head-start in the next, with each mine in the winning margin worth five seconds. In round two, each minefield contains just one gigantic mine. Whoever finds the big mine first is the winner.
S04E09 Hill Climber 30/01/2002 The challenge this week is to build a one-man hill climber. The teams will have three attempts to scale a 360ft slope with a 1:2 gradient. The team that makes it to the top the most times wins. If both teams reach the summit only once, car-rallying rules will apply and the first successful attempt - that is, the successful attempt in the earliest of the three rounds - will be the one that counts.
S04E10 Tunneller 06/02/2002 At vast expense, this week we have constructed our very own Wormwood Scraps Prison. The challenge facing the teams is to build tunnel-boring machines (TBMs) to break out and into the Scrapheap final.There are two walls, the second tougher than the first. The teams have to drill right through both, making holes large enough for every member of the team to fit through. The winner is the first team to make it through both tunnels.
S04E11 Hydrofoil 13/02/2002 The ultimate challenge in this series is to build a hydrofoil ­ a boat with wing-like structures underneath its hull to lift the hull out of the water at speed. The team with the fastest single time out of three heats over an eighth of a mile takes the trophy.
S04E12 Car Jousting 20/02/2002 The champions' challenge is to take an ordinary car and convert it into a radio-controlled fighting machine. In the contest, points are scored for hitting targets on the opposing machine: 10 for a sideswipe, 20 for a rear-ender and 30 for hammering the roof. If a machine strays outside the ring, it gives away 50 points to the other side. The team with the highest total score after three rounds wins.
S05E01 Mud Monsters 23/10/2002 The first test of the new series was a closely fought three-round contest. The Barleys won the first round convincingly, but the Munch Bunch stormed to a surprising victory in the second. With everything to play for in the final round, the Barleys were lucky to make it to the finish line: a treacherous mud-hole nearly sank them. The Munch Bunch then had not only to complete the section but to improve on the time set by the Barleys. But it was not to be. Their machine became firmly embedded in the same mud-hole that nearly bagged the Barleys, and they were unable to complete the round. The victorious Barleys will be back in a few weeks.
S05E02 Hovercraft 30/10/2002 This week saw a remarkable comeback by the Martial Mechanics, proving once again that nothing is certain on Scrapheap. The Krazy Karters were quicker over both land and water in the first two rounds although they were certainly helped by the Martial Mechanics' 30-second penalty for crashing. Round three looked like a formality, but then disaster struck the Karters: their craft was caught in a strong crosswind and lost air pressure, making it considerably slower over the rest of the course. Seizing his chance and holding on to both his nerve and his craft, the Mechanics' Jason snatched victory.
S05E03 Golfball Gatling Gun 06/11/2002 This week sees two new teams battling to become the fastest golf-ball guns on the scrapheap. The day started badly for the Clean Sweeps. They discovered that their ball-feeding mechanism was jamming and were forced into a last-minute rethink. Unfortunately this turned out to be just the first of their problems. Round one was a test of speed and accuracy, and the Sweeps struggled on both fronts: their aim was wayward and motor problems reduced their rate of fire. The Boat Buoys on the other hand looked the genuine article, delivering a string of balls into the moving target and shooting themselves into the lead in the process. Round two was designed to test the machines' sheer power: the object was to smash a wall of bathroom tiles. The Sweeps were forced to abandon their erratic motor for a cordless drill and, although they made an impact, they were no match for the blazing firepower of the Boat Buoys.
S05E04 Blind Navigation 13/11/2002 Academics get stuck in a maze This week the teams have been asked to map uncharted territory. The Hammerlocks, a team of wrestlers from Coventry, and the Academics Anonymous, a team from Kingston University, have to navigate their way around a 'hostile environment' in a vehicle with the windows blacked out. The Academics seemed to start well but they had a major problem: they couldn't tell when all four wheels of their bus were off the ground or when the bus was level, and this cost them valuable time. They failed to negotiate the first turn in the 'maze', lost their bearings and crashed into the side or the course. Tension was high as the Hammerlocks took their turn in the 'maze'. They also had problems: their navigational devices weren't reliable. However, they were able to crawl their way around the course using a giant mechanical 'feeler' and eventually made it to within a stone's throw of their target - and into the next round!
S05E05 Railroad Racers 20/11/2002 The Tunnel Ratz steam to victory This week the Tunnel Ratz, a team of London Underground engineers, took on Formula 1 engineers the Pit Stop Crew in a challenge to build a Railroad Racer. The first round required the vehicles to change from road to rail and then race to the station. Round two requires the Rail racers to pull a heavy load up a gradient. Round three was all about speed, it was a straight dash to the chequered flag. The Tunnel Ratz got off to a flying start, whereas the Pit Stop Crew had trouble lining their machine up on the rails. Round one to the Ratz. In round two the teams had to tow a trailer full of railway sleepers. The Pit Stop Crew posted a respectable time despite losing one of their guide wheels, but again the Ratz were quicker. In round three, a straight dash, the Ratz again posted a quick time. It was all or nothing for the Pit Stop Crew, and they were going like a train! Then disaster: their machine derailed half-way down, signalling victory for the Ratz.
S05E06 Clockwork Cars 27/11/2002 Jailbreakers do not pass go In round one the Young Ones and the Jailbreakers competed to see who could travel the furthest on just one wind-up charge of their clockwork cars. Lightweight Rich of the Young Ones got off to a cracking start. After peddling frantically, he just kept on going ? and going. Jailbreakers' driver Andy was left behind, slowly trundling along until he finally ground to a halt just 16 metres from the start. Round two and time for the slalom challenge. The Young Ones went first with captain Tom in the driving seat. Giving his legs a full work-out, he glided through the course, skilfully avoiding all the obstacles. They had a great run, but could they hold on to their lead after the Jailbreakers had added more rubber power to their machine? The Jailbreakers started steadily, also managing to steer clear of the obstacles. Further up the course they picked up speed and flew towards the finish line. But their final charge held them up, costing them valuable time, and they threw the round away to the Young Ones. The final round was a head-to-head race around the track. The Jailbreakers got away well, while the Young Ones were busy losing crucial seconds charging up their flywheel. The pressure was on, but the Jailbreakers' lead was decreasing as the longer running time of the Young Ones' vehicle began to pay off. And when the rubber on the Jailbreakers' machine started tangling, the fate was sealed for the prison posse. The Young Ones took full advantage and steamed into the lead. Proving that age is not an issue when it comes to bodging on the 'heap, the Young Ones go through to the quarterfinals. But the Jailbreakers do not pass go, do not collect the Scrapheap Trophy, and go straight to jail.
S05E07 Smooth Riders 04/12/2002 Young One swing out of control This week, two returning teams did battle to become the smoothest on the 'heap. The Barley Pickers and the Young Ones were challenged to build a vehicle capable of transporting a brimming vat of liquid over rough terrain. The team that spilled the least would win. In round one the Barleys came out ahead, but only by a drop or two. But the more bumpy terrain of round two was a jolt too far for the Young Ones' machine. The vat kept hitting their supporting frame – major spillage! Round two to the farmers. In round three the teams drove each other's machines and attempted to spill as much as possible. Young One Tom stepped up and tried his level best to swing the Barleys' pendulum, but their suspension system worked a treat and he only managed to spill a few drops. But Barley Picker Robin got really messy. By the end of the course his vat was empty and the Devonshire farmers had booked themselves a place in the semi-finals.
S05E08 Mono-wheels 11/12/2002 Wrestlers on a roll This week's machines must be right at the top of Scrapheap's 'most bizarre' list – and the test proved fascinating too. With both machines working well at the end of tinkering time, it was likely that the team that proved best at riding a monowheel would triumph. Firstly, the three members of each team had to complete a straight relay race. In round two one team member from each team had to negotiate a series of tricky turns on a circuit of the go-kart track. The team with the quickest aggregate time booked a place in the semi-finals. Round one wasn't the quickest race Scrapheap has seen. The Tunnel Ratz' TC Geraint Owen posted the quickest individual time – perhaps not surprisingly, as he was the only one to have ridden a monowheel before the challenge was announced! At the end of the round the Tunnel Ratz had a 30-second lead. In round two the Ratz' Penfold (James Lackmaker) crossed the start line and promptly lost control, which seemed to dent his confidence, and he crawled around the course. The Hammerlocks selected Steve 'Psycho' Edwards to roll them to glory, and, living up to his name and throwing caution to the winds, he powered them to a comfortable victory.
S05E09 Tugboats 18/12/2002 Boat Buoys bailed out In what was nearly a truly Titanic battle, the Boat Buoys booked a place in the final against the odds. The Boat Buoys' craft was top-heavy and leaked like ... well, like a rusty old skip with lots of holes in it. But the Martial Mechanics graciously helped out: they supplied stabilising barrels and they let the Boat Buoys use an automatic bailer, which stopped them sinking. In race one the Martials built a convincing lead, but a mechanical failure gave the Buoys victory. After a quick repair to a broken drive-line, race two got under way. The Martials were again ahead when driver Dave crashed into a marker buoy, which became tangled up with one of their screws, causing more damage and again handing victory to the opposition. The big points were reserved for the final tug-of-war round, and victory would have put the Martials level and forced a tiebreaker. The Martials were down to one screw, but that was still enough to out-pull the Boat Buoys ... until that screw gave out as well, and the Boat Buoys tugged to victory.
S05E10 Diggers 08/01/2003 The Coventry wrestlers and the Hammerlocks have to dig deep - the challenge is to build a machine that can dig up as much sand as possible in a given time.
S05E11 Destroyers 15/01/2003 HMS Proper Job sails to glory After 10 highly competitive challenges, two scraptastic teams – the Barley Pickers and the Boat Buoys – were poised to do battle for the coveted trophy. As Robert announced the challenge, thoughts of previous great sea battles flickered through the minds of those present. As did the sinking of the Titanic. But 10 hours later, two formidable destroyers were ready for launch. The teams faced a tough head-to-head race in which they had to bash their way through harbour gates, topple an enemy watchtower and sink an enemy battleship before racing to an island to claim the trophy. The Barley Pickers had some trouble with their steering and the surprisingly quick Boat Buoys were the first to blast through the harbour gates. But rounding the island the Barley Pickers were able to take advantage of a shallower draft and grab the lead. Using their hydraulic prongs, the Barleys then toppled the tower in seconds. The Boat Buoys struggled to tip theirs over with a combination of winch and battering ram, losing valuable time. The Barleys then rammed their enemy vessel at speed, their deadly prongs crashing through the hull. Unfortunately, extracting them proved more difficult, and for a moment it looked as if the Boat Buoys were back in the race. But though the Boat Buoys' combination of claw and battering ram worked well to sink their battleship, they weren't quick enough to overtake the farmers. The Barley Pickers had already pointed HMS Proper Job at the island – and sailed into Scrapheap history.
S05E12 Car Flinger 22/01/2003 Triumph, trauma and the trebuchet Scrapheap's grand final 2002 saw the Barley Pickers line up against last year's winners, the Cat-alysts, in our most awesome challenge ever: to fling a Mini over the horizon. As reigning champions, the Cat-alysts were first up. A pink Mini was loaded onto the dolly and the catapult was primed. But the chain used to winch down the Mini and dolly suddenly snapped. As the chain dragged over the ground, lots of the elastic's energy was lost, and the Mini barely made it to the end of the ramp. Zero distance for the Cats. The Barley Pickers' trebuchet was by far the biggest – and scariest – machine that Scrapheap has ever seen. To launch it they had to winch 4 tonnes of lead to a height of more than 6 metres. Two team members then had to go in close to put the firing pin in place. Scrapheap veterans couldn't remember a more tense moment, but all went well and the machine was ready to launch. Then disaster: as the huge trebuchet arm swung down, it appeared to twist, causing the whole contraption to explode. 'I don't think we'll be repairing this,' said TC Paul. However, with the Cat-alysts failing to record a distance for their first throw, the Barley Pickers were judged to be in the lead, as their Mini did move – albeit backwards. Everything depended on the Cat-alysts last throw. They added two extra bungee ropes and prayed. This time everything went according to plan. To a huge cheer from the assembled crowd, a Mini was launched into the stratosphere … well almost. With a respectable distance of 15.5 metres, the Cat-alysts were crowned champions of champions 2002.
S05E13 Best of Scrapheap Challenge 00/00/0000 A chance to see some of the funniest, most ridiculous and memorable moments of Scrapheap Challenge.
S06E01 Wheelie Cars 15/10/2003 Wheelie Car 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. The Squadron 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. Destroyers 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. The expert 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 1
S06E02 Bomb Disposal 22/10/2003 Bomb Disposal For the second test of the series, our teams must build 'remote-handling' machines that can complete a number of dextrous activities while the bodgers maintain a distance of 15 feet. Tasks include cutting down a wire fence, emptying brimming buckets of toxic waste and defusing bombs. Nothing major, then... Cops and Bodgers Andy Luchesa, Andy Stamp and Les Scott work for Hampshire Constabulary. The two Andys are police officers and Les, better known as 'Miss Marple', works as a scenes of crime officer. The Cops and Bodgers will have no problem solving our challenge and getting the best result. These cheeky coppers will be charging their way to the final and beating everyone in their path. The Cops and Bodgers' technical consultant is Henk Altman. Henk is part of the remote-handling team at a futuristic nuclear-fusion lab in Oxford. The pressure vessel the fusion takes place in is such a hazardous environment that a ?10million super-dexterous manipulator is needed to carry out maintenance inside. Men in White (Coats) Graham Young, Daren Chapman and Joe Ezuanyamike all work at Kingston University in Surrey. They live in their white lab coats. These bodging boffins love their job and often stay late to play on the flight simulator in their aerodynamic and automotive laboratories. At lunchtime they love to mess around with their remote-control cars. Watch out for this team, as they are full of crazy surprises. The Men in White's technical consultant is Kevin Hunt. Kevin works for BNFL, designing remote-controlled machines to dismantle nuclear power stations. He has spent more than forty years working on remote-handling equipment for the nuclear industry, for underwater operations and for the particle accelerator project at CERN in Switzerland. The expert This week's expert is Shaun Whitehead. Shaun was the chief engineer on the Beagle2 project, a British mission to Mars that is the ultimate in remote handlin
S06E03 Backpack Cars 29/10/2003 Backpack Car This week, the teams must race head-to-head in a three-stage race. In stage one, the vehicles are already assembled. When the whistle blows, the teams are allowed to push them out of the start zone but after that, they're not allowed to put their feet on the ground. The racecourse is about a mile long, with twists to test the manoeuvrability of the vehicles and a steep downhill slope at the end to test the brakes. The first vehicle across the line wins. In stage two, the teams have to disassemble the vehicles and put them into their backpacks. They then have to put on the rucksacks and run across an SAS-style assault course until they reach another assembly zone on the tarmac. Once there, they move onto stage three. They must re-assemble their vehicles and race them in a straight line, the first across the line wins. Ging Gang Goolies Be prepared, this team of Essex Scout leaders come with all sorts of skills and they have the badges to prove it. Bob Murphy, Brian Abbott and Tony Boughen enjoy activities in the great outdoors. Regularly hiking, orienteering and climbing, these boys certainly have the edge. So tighten your woggles and salute the Ging Gang Goolies as they are sure to travel great distances. The Scout leaders' technical consultant is Martin Dellow. He works for the largest kart manufacturer in the UK. Brought up in East London, he's been with local company Biz Karts for more than 20 years and knows his way around small, lightweight vehicles – perfect for this challenge. He used to race motorbikes on a professional level until an accident stopped his career. Apart from his interest in anything that goes 'vroom', he enjoys skiing. He's been known to skive off work if the snow is right. Good thing his MD is his skiing buddy... Muck Spreaders Pentti Christian, Richard Matthews 'Tricky' and Mike Sainsbury 'Chunk' are all young farmers from Harper Adams Agricultural College in Shropshi
S06E04 Amphibious Motorcycles 05/11/2003 Amphi Bike In the first intentionally wet challenge this year, the teams have to build motorbikes that can swim. The Amphibious Bikes have to complete a three-stage test involving driving on land and water before finally competing in a head-to-head amphibious slalom race. Rockin' Rabble Geoff Bunting, Trevor Cartwright and Philip Lodge are a team of Yorkshire Teddy Boys who intend to bring a touch of retro culture to the 'heap. They are Fifties fanatics and are ready for some rockin' and a rollin'. They've agreed to switch off their jukebox and stop living in the past to concentrate on stepping to Scrapheap success. The Rockin' Rabble's technical consultant is Mike Ryan, who came second in Bike magazine's Amphibious Motorbike Challenge and has built an amphibious Lamborghini that looks like the real thing until it hits the water. He's a real geezer, somebody who can make something out of nothing. He's going to fix floats to the left and right of an off-road Enduro motorbike, then add a propeller at the rear, which is driven by a chain from the rear wheel of the motorbike. The front wheel will sit in a specially made bow section to help it enter the water quickly. Double Deckers Jason Blossom, Jon Green and Owen Hunt are boys who work on the buses. They are based in a bus workshop in High Wycombe. They fix and maintain Carousel buses to rent out to companies around London. There is only one route for this team and there will be no scheduled stop until they have got to the end of the competition. The Double Deckers' technical consultant is Gordon Halley, a potato farmer from Scotland. He's won Bike magazine's Amphibious Motorbike Challenge twice and is an old competitor of Mike Ryan, the Rockin' Rabble's consultant. He's going to build one of the weirdest machines the 'heap has ever seen – an off-road trial bike stuck in a rowing boat. The drive will come from a paddle wh
S06E05 Ice Racers 12/11/2003 Ice Racer For the second of our quarter-finals, the bodgers must build fast vehicles that can race around an ice rink. As the space isn't vast, we have imposed some criteria on the teams to which their vehicles must conform. Their machines can't be more than five feet wide and seven feet long – and the engine capacity must not exceed one litre. Hot Property Ross Lindsay is an estate agent who works for Townends. Craig Smith and Scott House (no, really... Ed) are the company's financial advisors. They are a confident team, great negotiators and have promised to play fairly. Hot Property are as safe as houses and in it to win it! Hot Property's technical consultant is Mike 'Cookie' Cookson, a man who has a life-long obsession with anything powered by an engine. His real passion is motorcycle racing. He's done motocross, sidecar speedway and sidecar TT racing on the Isle of Man. He started his career as an agricultural engineer (always good preparation for Scrapheap) but nowadays he rebuilds passenger coaches and builds his own racing bikes. Cookie's plan is to build a Morgan-style trike with two driven wheels at the front and lots of sharp spikes in each wheel. Jet Pack Benjamin Jewell, his brother Toby and Jolyon Sanders are eccentric jet engine know-it-alls from Northants. They spend every spare minute of their time designing, building, testing and modifying these contraptions while trying not to set their garage on fire! The Jet Pack intend to thrust their stuff and launch into the final with a big bang. The Jet Pack's technical consultant is last year's Mud Monsters' expert, Richard Hopkins. There isn't much he can't do when it comes to off-roading. He has held almost every title for British off-road 4x4 events, including British Off-Road Champion and the British Hill Rally Champion. In between British tournaments, he competes internationally in endurance off-road events, including the Sp
S06E06 Giant Darts 19/11/2003 Giant Darts Weird throwing machines are a Scrapheap must-have. A giant seven-foot dart is the latest projectile to get the Scrapheap treatment, joining the ostrich eggs, cabbages, golf balls and Minis of previous challenges. Take cover! Like pub darts, this test is all about accuracy. After building their machines and fashioning aluminium tubing into darts, the teams will take aim at three targets. The first two will be well within their machines' capabilities but worth fewer points. At the end of the range will be a third target worth more points. Each team will have three shots, but which target will they go for? Iron Maidens Suzanne Hawkes, Wendy Sadler and Angharad 'Harry' Thomas are all involved in Science and Engineering. Suzanne won The Young Women Engineer of the Year 2001 award. They are members of NOISE (New Outlook In Science and Engineering). Their role is to be mentors and role models to younger students and encourage them to take part in the industry. The Iron Maidens plan to outwit any other team. The Iron Maidens' technical consultant is Tod Todescini, a special effects supervisor familiar with realising the impossible and building strange mechanical contraptions. He also has an interest in weapons, so he's well set up for this challenge. Jousters Tom Parker, Dave 'Sparky' Parker and Dave 'Scotty' Allison are all Knights of the Black Phoenix. This involves jousting, archery and sword fighting. These North Yorkshire men are ready to put on their armour for a good scrap and are sure to scare their opponents and give any challenge their best shot. The Jousters' technical consultant is Paul Denney. He is no stranger to Scrapheap – he led Storm Force to victory in series four's 'Egg Shooter' trial. He wasn't quite so fortunate in last year's Car Flinger test. Paul's passion is medieval weaponry, so he's ideally suited to this challenge. The expert Joining
S06E07 Jet Cars 26/11/2003 Jet Racer This week's challenge is one of the most dangerous Scrapheap has ever seen. Our teams have to build two jet-powered dragsters to race on a section of the Santa Pod raceway. They each have three runs of the course and the quickest run will determine the winner. Destroyers James Ellis captains this Royal Navy team, with Adrian Eason-Bassett and Jason 'JJ' Swift standing firmly by his side. This 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 for this challenge is Bruce Simpson, a New Zealander who has flown over especially to take part in this challenge. Bruce is probably the most qualified person in the world to build a pulsejet from scratch (which is lucky, because that's what he's going to do – Ed). Bruce is currently researching pulsejets for clients in the aerospace and defence industries with the aim of producing a new generation of low-cost, high-speed pulsejet-powered UAVs (unmanned air vehicles). Ging Gang Goolies Be prepared, this team of Essex Scout leaders come with all sorts of skills and they have the badges to prove it. Bob Murphy, Brian Abbott and Tony Boughen enjoy activities in the great outdoors. Regularly hiking, orienteering and climbing, these boys certainly have the edge. So tighten your woggles and salute the Ging Gang Goolies as they are sure to travel great distances. The Ging Gang Goolies' technical consultant is Nick 'the safe' Haddock this time around. He is a locksmith by trade and has been opening and repairing safes for the past five years. Although jet engines like the ones in this challenge aren't built commercially, many are constructed by 'garage enthusiasts' like Nick. He is ideally placed to send the Goolies soaring into pole position. The expert This week's expert
S06E08 Speedboats 03/12/2003 The challenge Picture the opulent and stylish atmosphere of Monaco with bright young things messing about in sleek, streamlined speedboats. Then completely forget that image and brace yourself for a scraptastic boat race on one of Surrey's finest lakes. Cops and Bodgers Andy Luchesa, Andy Stamp and Les Scott work for Hampshire Constabulary. The two Andys are police officers and Les, better known as 'Miss Marple', works as a scenes of crime officer. The Cops and Bodgers will have no problem solving our challenge and getting the best result. These cheeky coppers will be charging their way to the final and beating everyone in their path. This time around, the Cops are joined by technical consultant Stuart Edwards. He works for Bernard Olesinski, one of the leading boat designers in Britain. In his day job, he designs yachts that will set you back ?2 million but when the sun sets on the Isle of Wight, he goes down to the harbour and tinkers with his own speedboat, a rigid inflatable with a massive engine in the back that yanks it up to 50mph if needed. Apart from boats, his passion is messing around with his Cobra motorbike, a black beauty that ended up in a ditch a few months ago when he got a bit too excited about the power output. If it's fast, it's Stuart's kind of thing. Jousters Tom Parker, Dave 'Sparky' Parker and Dave 'Scotty' Allison are three knights from Yorkshire. They enjoy jousting and sword fighting to wile away the time. Yikes! These North Yorkshire men are ready to put on their armour for a good scrap – let's hope it doesn't weigh them down in the water! The Jousters are joined by Adam Younger for this challenge. He is a softly spoken man who turns into a fanatic in the company of water and internal combustion engines. Living on the Isle of Wight, he's been around boats for as long as he can remember. Fifteen years ago, he started turning his hobby into a profession – and quite
S06E09 Fire Engines 10/12/2003 Fire Engine Returning to the 'heap for the first semi-final are Surrey estate agents, Hot Property and Fifties fanatics, Rockin' Rabble. This three-round contest requires the teams to demonstrate the various capabilities of a modern fire-fighting appliance, including rescuing cutesy kittens and battling against raging blazes. Hot Property Ross Lindsay is an estate agent who works for Townends. Craig Smith and Scott House are the company's financial advisors. They are a confident team, great negotiators and have promised to play fairly. Hot Property are as safe as houses and in it to win it! For this fiery task, Hot Property are joined by Yorkshireman Kevin Sedgwick, the laidback engineering manager for Angloco, a fire engine manufacturer that builds anything from tiny water tankers for Guernsey to enormous ladder trucks for Barbados. Kevin has been with them for thirteen years. Many moons ago, he started off as a mechanic, so practical skills aren't a problem. In his spare time, he tinkers around with his two historic racing bikes and the monstrous Guzzi 1100 that rattles the windowpanes in his local neighbourhood. Rockin' Rabble Geoff Bunting, Trevor Cartwright and Philip Lodge are a team of Yorkshire Teddy Boys who intend to bring a touch of retro culture to the 'heap. They are Fifties fanatics and are ready for some rockin' and a rollin'. They've agreed to switch off their jukebox and stop living in the past to concentrate on stepping to Scrapheap success. This time, the Rockin' Rabble's technical consultant is Mike Madsen, the bubbly, youthful technical manager for Emergency One, a leading fire engine manufacturer near Glasgow. He dropped out of school at the tender age of 16 to become a computer programmer but then went back to university to study engineering and business. After his first visit to Emergency One, he fell in love with the big red monsters they build. He tinkers for a hobby and h
S06E10 Car Curlers 17/12/2003 The Challenge Is no sport safe from the heavy hands of our teams? For the second semi-final, our circus of mayhem visits on the serene sport of ice curling. But in another Scrapheap world first, the teams have to slide full-sized Minis down an ice rink. Ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to present... car curling! Destroyers James Ellis captains this Royal Navy team, with Adrian Eason-Bassett and Jason 'JJ' Swift standing firmly by his side. This three-man crew will ship out of HMS Sultan, Gosport and set sail to our sea of scrap. Their military precision has already helped them sail through two of our challenges – but have they got what it takes to get to the final? For this all-important semi-final, our Destroyers are joined by Mark-Paul Buckingham, a materials engineer who loves snowboarding. In fact, he loves the white stuff so much, he's now set up his own business working with ski and snowboard materials and refining the hardware for the mountains. Cops and Bodgers Andy Luchesa, Andy Stamp and Les Scott work for Hampshire Constabulary. The two Andys are police officers and Les, better known as 'Miss Marple', works as a scenes of crime officer. The Cops and Bodgers will have no problem solving our challenge and getting the best result. These cheeky coppers have already disposed of bombs and built a speedboat – but can they take on the Destroyers and win a place in this year's final? This time, the Cops' technical consultant is Perry 'Winkle' Gosling, a fabricator-welder who builds massive moving machinery for theatres and rock concerts. The expert Dr Jane Blackford is an ice expert from Edinburgh University. She studies ice-friction and has worked out amazing new ways of looking at snow flakes under a microscope. Jane also looks at avalanches and winter sports like skiing and snowboarding. Most notably, her team worked with the British Olympic curling squad, developing a special 'sweep-ergometer&
S06E11 Tanks 30/12/2003 Tank For the spectacular, show-stopping series final, our bodgers have been asked to build a couple of spud-shooting battle tanks. Get ready for some serious target practice. Destroyers James Ellis captains this Royal Navy team, with Adrian Eason-Bassett and Jason 'JJ' Swift standing firmly by his side. This three-man crew will ship out of HMS Sultan, Gosport and set sail to our sea of scrap. This military team has made it through to the series final but can they make the grade and graduate to our grand final next week? Army Warrant Officer Paul Ramsey joins forces with our navy boys for the series final. As a Royal Engineer, his job is to keep the British army's tanks rolling. But can his expertise help to steer our Destroyers to victory? Hot Property Ross Lindsay is an estate agent who works for Townends. Craig Smith and Scott House are the company's financial advisors. They are a confident team, great negotiators and have promised to play fairly. Hot Property might be as safe as houses but can they win the series final and restore the reputation of estate-agent kind across the globe? Ray 'Mudge' Smith joins our estate agents for this all important challenge. He has restored about 50 tanks and other military vehicles (mostly rare British and American vehicles from WW2) since 1991. Mudge currently owns and organises War and Peace, the largest private vehicle show in the world. With his help, Hot Property are in with more than a fighting chance of reaching the grand final. The expert David Ansell is the expert for the series final. As a Lieutenant Colonel with the Army's own engineering team, the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), he is used to carrying out tank repairs at a moment's notice. The British Army uses nearly four hundred Challenger tanks around the world. REME work alongside combat units to recover and repair equipment. This is the sharp end, where repairs are often carried out wit
S06E12 Grand Prix 06/01/2004 Grand Prix They're back! That's right, our reigning champions the Cat-alysts have resurfaced to see if they can make it a hat-trick and beat the Destroyers, our 2003 series winners, in this week's extravaganza. All they have to do is build a single seat, open-cockpit racing car. But will they be able to outwit our cunning Royal Navy team and retain their title? Destroyers Our Royal Navy boys James Ellis, Adrian Eason-Bassett and Jason 'JJ' Swift have already seen off The Squadron, Ging Gang Goolies, Cops and Bodgers and our surprisingly handy estate agents, Hot Property. Joining them for this jaw-dropping grand final is Nick Jordan, an engineer with more than 30 years of working experience of motor sports for teams such as Lola. Can he help our Destroyers take on the wily Cat-alysts and steal the trophy from under their whiskers? Cat-alysts There's barely any need to introduce these boys as they are becoming part of the Scrapheap furniture. These car-flinging champs saw off the Barley Pickers last year and the Megalomaniacs the year before that. But never let it be said we don't have any manners here at Scrapheap ? The Cat-alysts are all engineers at the Jaguar factory in Warwickshire. In his spare time Garry Preece, the team captain, has an obsession with antique bathroom taps. Tim Wright is into motorcycles, scuba diving and snowboarding. Shane Brading's bodging career began at the tender age of 13, when he converted an old Volvo into a banger racer. Helping the Cat-alysts in the 2003 grand final is Matt Feasey, part of the design and development arm of the Cosworth Formula 1 team. Matt has rebuilt several cars and often builds bits of test rigs at work but hasn't ever built a vehicle from scratch. The expert Rob Taylor is the Chief Engineer at Jaguar Formula 1. He's worked in F1 for about 15 years and has worked at many of the big names such as Jaguar, Ferrari, Arrows and Benetton.
S06E13 Best of Scrapheap Challenge 07/12/2003 Robert Llewellyn and Lisa Rogers present the Golden Sprocket awards - the glitziest occasion in the scrap-metal calendar.
S07E01 Sand-racers 05/09/2004 In the first of the new series, Scrapheap takes to the dusty dunes of a Guildford sand quarry as a team of hot-blooded Lancashire fire fighters take on some nerdy off-road enthusiasts in a battle to build sand-racers that can climb precipitous inclines and dig their way out of the deepest dusty trench.
S07E02 Dam Buster 12/09/2004 A brave-hearted bunch of Scottish boffins take on a rabble of right-on rickshaw riders in an epic Scrapheap battle. Following in the footsteps of Barnes Wallis, their mission, should they choose to accept it, is to manufacture machines that can pitch bouncing bombs across water to breach the Scrapheap dams.
S07E03 Bowling Bangers 19/09/2004 This week, Geneva-based expats the Up 'n Atoms face up to the REME Rebels, an all-girl team of army-tank tinkerers in one of Scrapheap's most bizarre challenges to date. Our teams have just 10 hours to build a motorised bowling ball capable of toppling ten-foot skittles on a giant bowling alley.
S07E04 Off Road Rescue 26/09/2004 The Challenge This week's challenge is to build off-road rescue machines capable of lifting a hampered hatchback from a water hazard before carrying it cross-country to the safety of stable ground. With steep slopes to get up and down, sticky bogs to get stuck in and soft, slippery sand to sink into, our teams will operating at the limit of their bodging capabilities. Rough Riders Ozzie Senior, Barry Eastaugh (Bazza) and Jason Lord are three Yorkshiremen who spend half of their lives 20 miles off the coast of Hull on a gas storage platform in the North Sea. Between them, they oversee and run the safety, maintenance and mechanical upkeep of the platform. They have a wealth of mechanical engineering experience ranging from heavy plant machinery to bike and car engines. Barry is a 'guru' of a welder and there's not a lot these boys have not had a go at. The Riders have big characters and enthusiasm to match. Ozzie is a karaoke king and has won many an Elvis impersonator competition (and he is also likely to burst into a song at any given moment). Barry is known for his year-round tan and Lycra shorts. The Rough Riders are guaranteed to rise to any challenge – and they'll probably do it singing! The Rough Riders' expert is Tim Dray. He started out as an agricultural engineer and soon fell in love with off-roading. He has built many an off-road vehicle and has spent a lot of time organising the Camel trophy. Since this period, he has been a consultant to Land Rover, building and designing their 4x4 courses. Bakewell Puddings Nick Marriott, Mark Elliott (Smell) and his nephew Andrew Charlesworth (Charlie) are from the Derbyshire town of Bakewell. All are into bikes and racing (Motor Cross and Enduro). Mark and Nick have been friends for 20 years and have been in the same Motor Cross team as well as in a punk band together. Mark started to teach Charlie to ride at the age of nine, so it's fair to say bikes are this team'
S07E05 Jet Boat 03/10/2004 The Challenge This week's challenge is to build jet-powered speed boats that are both agile and fast. The teams will be competing in a two-part Grand Prix – on jet boats! The race will start with a full-throttle dash up and down the lake and will be followed by the twists and turns of an off-shore obstacle course. Hairy Hogs Conn Kelly, Darrell Hanna and Alastair Nethercott are the Hairy Hogs from Northern Ireland. All members of the Provincewide Harley Owners Group, they are big blokes with bigger laughs who love their Harleys and spend much of their year touring around Europe on them. The Hogs are seriously hands-on and have had experience of most possible mechanical projects. They are rough 'n ready, rugby-playing, Guinness-loving men who are up for the challenge and in search of a 'good craic'. These guys are quietly confident they can't be beaten and should give even the most solid of Scrapheap teams a run for their money! Apparently, they're up for most things apart from a water challenge (ha!). Alan Pickard is the Hairy Hogs' expert as well as being one of the foremost jetskiers in the UK. He runs Jet Shed, the leading specialist workshop in this field in the UK. Previously seen on White Water Rider (series 4), he is a hands-on bodger and technician and previously held the speed record on a jetski – he is currently ranked number three in the UK. Team Ragbo Glynn Myers, Nick Mellor and Colin Bates all work at Smart Recycling, Glynn's plastics waste-recycling firm in Lancashire. Between them, they have worked on everything from factory equipment and heavy plant machinery to cars and bikes. This team are heavily into their bikes and two years ago Nick sold his house so he could buy a Triumph bike – he now lives in a caravan! There is a wide breadth of experience and knowledge in this team and the guys are confident they can deal with anything we throw at them! Glynn and Colin are larger than life in every res
S07E06 Propeller Car 10/10/2004 The Challenge This week our teams will have to earn their Scrapheap wings! Norfolk bikers, The Thirsty Knights, and Honda head honchos, The Fireblades, won't actually be leaving terra firma but they will be challenged to build cars that are powered and steered by a propeller! The Fireblades Steve Martindale (Smarty), Chris Barfe (Barfy) and George Wise (Big George) have known and drunk with each other for 10-15 years and work in different divisions at Honda UK. They have a broad span of interests ranging from motorcycle racing, classic cars and Raleigh Choppers to singing rock 'n' roll, Chelsea FC and running marathons! They are confident that between them there is not an engine around that they haven't worked on. These boys like power and speed and as long as it's fast, they don't care what they build! The Fireblades' expert is John Gifford, a Scrapheap veteran who appeared in series 5's Hovercraft. He is one of the UK's foremost hovercraft designers. He built his first hovercraft at the age of 16 and recently appeared in a Bond film as a hovercraft stunt driver. His firm, Griffon Hovercraft, builds vessels for coastguards and the military. The Thirsty Knights Frog Twissell, (yes, that's his real name) Pete Twissell and Carl Verlander (Roo) combine to bring you The Thirsty Knights. Frog is a paragliding Buddhist vegan who likes to play with fire, Pete is a pagan who says he has an empathy with machinery and is to nuts, cogs and engines what Dr Dolittle is to animals and Roo is a welder extraordinaire who claims he can tap dance whilst playing the flute! This team are quirky, alternative and very intelligent. Yet another team who love their bikes, they have owned, built, raced and maintained many over the years. Used to thinking laterally around a problem, they love designing the weird-and-wonderful. Their machine will be a creation in every sense of the word! Billy Brooks is The Thirsty Knights' e
S07E07 Power Rower 17/10/2004 The Challenge Power Rowers Scrapheap goes back to the water for the latest challenge as The Anoraks take on Maximus. In honour of our Olympic oarsmen and women, the two teams have to assemble a mechanised galley with at least four oars to scull their way around our tricky aquatic course. The Anoraks The Anoraks In this year's first episode, The Anoraks poured cold water on The Hoselliers, a team of fire fighters from Blackburn, as they raced out of our sheer sand trap in Surrey. Deprived of their captain Geoff Turtell for their second challenge, The Anoraks are now led by Marc Draper. Lyndon Camidge joins him again along with Andy Cross an old school friend of Lyndon's who comes in as a substitute. Andy is a plant fitter and HGV mechanics expert. Named after their club of the same name, these three enthusiasts from Surrey can't get enough of off-roading. The lads spend their spare time in Marc's garage, building and restoring Land Rovers and other 4x4 vehicles. Lyndon claims he has broken, crashed and sunk more Land Rovers than he's had hot dinners and Marc likes to think he is the stabilising influence of the team. Lots of experience, slightly batty and a bit posh, these boys are determined to go all the way! Rob Austin is The Anoraks' expert this week. He's an engineer and teacher from Oxford who organises the Formula Schools engineering challenge. Rob worked as a professional fabricator and engineer in various fields before going into education and creating a successful engineering course for schools. He now runs Formula Schools, a scheme to get youngsters interested in automotive and maritime engineering. From his well-equipped workshop in Oxfordshire, he builds and fabricates pretty much anything and is currently rebuilding a classic Bugatti racing car. Top Maximus Maximus Our second set of challengers are the rickshaw-riding charioteers Maximus, who bowled over Irn Cru in the fourth challenge of series seven w
S07E08 Spy Cars 24/10/2004 The Challenge Spy Cars The last quarter-final mission, should our challengers choose to accept it, is to build a stealthy 'spy car' for use on a secretive information-gathering exercise. Their reconnaissance vehicle will have to carry the entire team both under and over obstacles which are just two feet from the floor, turn on a sixpence and then back out of trouble. They must avoid detection whilst infiltrating a sinister-looking base protected by guard posts, razor wire, security cameras, alarms and laser beams. Once inside, they must limbo, hurdle, twist and turn their way into (and out of) danger in order to steal a top-secret briefcase before making good their escape. Bakewell Puddings The last time we saw the Bakewell Puddings, they were pitting their wits against Rough Riders, three North Sea gas engineers from Hull, in Off Road Rescue. Nick Marriott, Mark Elliott (Smell) and his nephew Andrew Charlesworth (Charlie) are from Bakewell in Derbyshire. All are into bikes and racing (Motor Cross and Enduro). Mark and Nick have been friends for 20 years and have been in the same Motor Cross team as well as in a punk band together. Mark started to teach Charlie to ride at the age of nine, so it's fair to say bikes are this team's thing. Mark is an engineer, Nick is an architect and Andrew is a Rolls Royce engine inspector. These guys are also outdoorsy, sporty, rugby-loving, mountain-climbing kind of people who participate in the annual Bakewell raft race and the odd cross-town wheelbarrow race. They thrive on a challenge and have plenty of ingenuity and humour to keep us all entertained! John Ricketts (also known as Johnny Nitro) is a drag racer of the classical style à la American Graffiti. He owns, maintains and races his 8-litre 1965 Chevy and has been known to fit a nitrous oxide system to a Ford Anglia. When he's not being a petrolhead, John can be found catching tubes (that's surfing to you and me) off the Cornish coas
S07E09 Landing Craft 31/10/2004 The Challenge The Thirsty Knights of Norfolk and the Belfast boys Hairy Hogs go head to head as two teams of bikers battle it out in a race across a lake in their scrappy craft. They must rescue their stranded expert before returning safely to dry land and, hopefully, a place in the final. Hairy Hogs The Hairy Hogs sailed into the semi-finals by scoring a victory over the tree-hugging recyclers The Hogs are three fun-loving bikers from Belfast. Captain Conn Kelly, Darrell Hanna and Alastair Nethercott combine the talents of an electrician, mechanic and a plumber and are all members of the same Harley Owners Group. Big men, with personalities and hearty laughs to match, they are up for most things – except water-based challenges. So having come through the Jet Boats challenge, they'll be hoping for terra firma this time. Ha! Helping them is Simeon Oakley, a freelance designer/fabricator who has built a wide range of marine vessels, from boats to hovercrafts. Born in Woomera, Australia, on a rocket range in the desert, Sim grew up in Saudi Arabia on an RAF base and went to school in North Wales. He has worked for a circus, designs and builds interactive exhibitions for science museums and lives on a restored Thames barge. He's a great engineer, he's a very cool customer and he's quietly confident. The Thirsty Knights The last time we saw The Thirsty Knights, they were gliding past Honda head-honchos The Fireblades in their flying car. Captain Pete Twissell, a design engineer, his brother Frog (yes, that's his real name) Twissell, who is a Buddhist and a vegan, and welder Carl (Roo) Verlander are The Thirsty Knights. This team is quirky, alternative and very intelligent. Yet another team who love their bikes, they have owned, built, raced and maintained many over the years. Used to thinking laterally to get around a problem – they love designing the weird and wonderful. What they produce will be a creation in every sense. Joini
S07E10 Flaming Flingers 06/11/2004 The Challenge This week's challenge is to build motorised flame flingers capable of hurling burning projectiles at our shooting gallery of combustible targets. The projectiles are packed with solid rocket fuel burning at 1,000 degrees centigrade, so it's not just the targets that are at risk; the machines are too! The Anoraks A stroke of genius saw off-road enthusiasts The Anoraks race past the bicycle-building Team Maximus in Power Rowers. With their team captain Geoff Turtell back in harness, Surrey lads Marc Draper and Lyndon Camidge must fancy their chances. Named after their club of the same name, these three can't get enough of off-roading. The lads spend their spare time in Marc's garage, building and restoring Land Rovers and other 4x4 vehicles. Lyndon claims he has broken, crashed and sunk more Land Rovers than he's had hot dinners. Marc likes to think he is the stabilising influence of the team. Lots of experience, slightly batty and a bit posh, these boys are determined to go all the way! The Anorak's expert is Paul Denney. He's an old hand at Scrapheap having appeared on the Egg Shooter (series four) and Giant Darts (series six) episodes. He's an expert in medieval artillery and also an automotive engineer. Up 'n Atoms The last time we encountered the expat scientists from Switzerland, they were stealthily stealing past the bike-mad Bakewell Puddings in their spy car. Ali Day, David McFarlane and Jimmy Ridewood are expats living the life of Riley in Geneva. They work at CERN (Europe's largest centre for nuclear research) and explain their work as Star Trek-type stuff, experimenting with smashing particles together to see what happens. They're science boffins but not in the slightest bit geeky. They enjoy playing on the slopes of Switzerland, rugby, British sports cars and a good pint or 14. They have a background in off-shore work and have nuclear power station training – so there is
S07E11 Roman Motor-Chariot 13/11/2004 The Challenge This week, a challenge fit for Circus Maximus in ancient Rome: chariot racing … with iron horses! With the whole team standing on a chariot, somehow they'll have to control a runaway engine around a twisting race track. Should they survive round one, they'll race again in a gladiatorial dash to smash and bash their way to victory in the Scrapheap Challenge 2004 series final. The Anoraks The Anoraks shot the Up 'n Atoms down in flames with their Flame Flinger in the second of our semi finals. With their expectant team captain Geoff Turtell waiting for his wife to go into labour, Surrey lads Marc Draper and Lyndon Camidge won't want to hang around. Named after their club, these three can't get enough of off-roading. The lads spend their spare time in Marc's garage, building and restoring Land Rovers and other 4x4 vehicles. Lyndon claims he has broken, crashed and sunk more Land Rovers than he's had hot dinners. Marc likes to think he is the stabilising influence of the team. Lots of experience, slightly batty and a bit posh, these boys are determined to go all the way. Joining The Anoraks is Nick 'Rhino' Boyland who runs Rhino Trikes, one of the UK's foremost kit and trike manufacturers. He has been hammering out trikes for 13 years. Before that, he was a mechanic and car salesman in Germany. He also worked as a civilian contractor in a REME engineers' workshop. He has plenty of skills and experience and he looks a bit like a young Meatloaf. So will his creation go like a bat out of hell? Hairy Hogs In our first semi final, the Hairy Hogs were the victors in the battle of the bikers as they beached The Thirsty Knights with their landing craft. The Hogs are three fun-loving bikers from Belfast. Captain Conn Kelly, Darrell Hanna and Alastair Nethercott combine the talents of an electrician, mechanic and a plumber and are all members of the same Harley Owners Group. Big men, with person
S07E12 Juggernauts 16/11/2008 The Anoraks take on the Catalysts, battling to win the 'Weld Cup' of British Bodging by building a colossus for the highway: a weight-pulling, petrol-guzzling, giant Juggernaut.
S07E13 Series 7 Award show 23/11/2008 The Challenge After winning a thrilling final, The Anoraks get their chance to take on the mighty Cat-alysts in this Grand final build. They get 20 hours' build time to construct massive machines capable of hauling tons of timber. In this weighty duel, the Grand final winners will be the ones who pull the most logs. The Anoraks With their captain Geoff Turtell absent on paternity leave, Marc Draper takes the armband and is helped by Lyndon Camidge along with Andy Cross, an old school friend of Lyndon's who comes in as a substitute. Andy is a plant fitter and HGV mechanics expert. All four-wheel-drive fanatics, they've had an amazing run of success in this year's series. Beating a team of firemen in their opening Sand Racers challenge, they went on ton win the Power Rowers and Flame Flingers challenges to reach the final. There, they took on the Hairy Hogs and won in Chariots to reach the Grand final. Helping them to try and go all the way is Mark Haile. A lorry engineer by trade, he repairs, maintains and builds them from scratch. What he doesn't know about trucks isn't worth knowing. Cat-alysts Captain Garry Preece, Shane Brading and Tim Wright make up the now legendary Cat-alysts. Jaguar engineers by trade, they are THE team to beat. They have never lost a challenge in the history of Scrapheap. Winning their first final three years ago, they went on to take their first Grand final success with a remote-controlled car. Wiping out the Barley Pickers with a Car Flinger the following year, they capped it all by winning last year's Grand Prix at Rockingham. Helping them to try to extend their extraordinary run is Richard Vincent, a true West Country character and all-round mechanical genius. He builds tractors, steam engines and dragsters in his workshop in deepest, darkest Somerset. The judge Casting his experienced eye over this heavyweight duel is Neal Davis, the chairman of the British Power Pulling association
S07E14 Series 7 Best of 23/11/2008 It's the top ten mechanical monsters, as chosen by fans of the show. Will the number one be Car Crushers, Power Pullers or the Car Flinger episode?
S08E01 Underwater Cars 18/09/2005 The challenge In this first episode of the new series, Scrapheap is off to marvellous Margate where a team of forklifting fixers take on a crew of army helicopter heroes in a battle to build underwater cars that can rip up the ocean bed. Apache Warriors Ring-a-ding-ding-ding! The army boys Tom, Tobe and Oggs have landed and come oozing with charm, charisma and precision in a way only our top ranking military can. The banter is littered with innuendo; theirs is a cross between the school changing room and a Carry On film. Helicopter pilots by day, these boys are all guns blazing for a Scrapheap showdown! Chess-playing Guy Seymour helps them out, bringing skills in off-road machines and underwater vehicles to the heap. Brought up on a boatyard in Australia, Guy studied submersible vehicle design at university and is currently a mechanical and business systems engineer for Subeo, a UK-based manufacturer of submersible vehicles. Subeo are hoping to launch a small affordable submersible vehicle onto the market soon. Before coming to England, Guy was an army reservist for seven years, where he was involved with the maintenance of their 4x4 vehicles. The Powerlifters 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! Expert Matt Cook started his career as an apprentice at Land Rover and stayed with the company for seven years as a design engineer in the new vehicle development division. Matt has raced 4x4s since he was 17 and has even won the most extreme off-road event in the world – the Malaysian Rainforest Challenge with his business partner Sim
S08E02 Kung Fu Cars 25/09/2005 The challenge This week's Scrapheap Challenge is a test to see who can become a champion martial mechanic by building a kung fu car. The teams will have to construct a moveable car complete with a karate-chopping device. It's gotta be tough as it'll have to axe its way through six concrete slabs, half a metre of ice and finally a huge hunk of wood. Lumbering Jacks Tree-cuttin' captain Baden and his fellow fellers Andrew and David are a top Scrapheap team. They ‘say it how it is’, love their agricultural machinery and are keen off-roaders. A jolly team with a good rapport, a sense of humour and a great attitude. With the motto 'If it’s been built before, it can be built again', this team have the potential to go far. Our forest-loving, axe-wielding men of South Wales are here to cut their opponents down to size. Robyn Rushforth is the Lumbering Jacks' expert. As an MOD-trained engineer with 16 years spent in the demolition industry, he certainly has the know-how to smash stuff up. He’s also a versatile bodger and enjoys banging together anything from rally cars to underwater ROVs. The Haggis Bashers Watersporting enthusiasts from Fife, these boys dive, water-ski and fish in their spare time. The team come from a largely agricultural background and bring a range of skills: Andrew has been in mechanics for 20 years and specialises in heavy farm machinery, Johnny knows his jet engines and Raymond is a woodwork and metalwork expert. Three different characters but all with that famous Scottish dryness, these bonny boys are guaranteed to give us more than a Highland fling! The Haggis Bashers' expert is Essex boy Richard Keall. A car mechanic turned plant fitter, he currently works for one of the country's biggest demolition companies, keeping the machines in tip-top condition. The judge When it comes to demolition, this week’s judge, David Clarke, has seen it all … well, almost! After 25 years working in demoli
S08E03 Sharp Shooters 02/10/2005 The challenge This week’s Scrapheap Challenge is a test to see who can build the most extreme rapid-fire arrow launcher. The teams will have to build a projectile launcher that can automatically load itself, as well as quickly firing arrows far and accurately. Stage Crew The boys from behind the scenes! Our Bristolian bodgers Pup, Denzel and Jet are responsible for contraptions used in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Mary Poppins and Miss Saigon. Passionate, animated and enthusiastic is the only way to describe them. Captain Pup’s eyes light up when he talks engineering and he is supported by the bearded Denzel with his hearty laugh and Jet, so-called because of his love for jet engines. This team is used to the pressure of having to perform and with their ‘The show must go on’ attitude, is unlikely to disappoint. The Stage Crew’s expert is a friend of the show, Tod Todeschini. Tod began life as a kitchen product designer but he soon got bored. He is now a medieval weaponry expert and maker of special effects for stage and television. This is his third outing to Scrapheap Challenge and having previously tackled Giant Darts and Rapid Fire, this week's test should be a cinch! The Big Dippers The Big Dippers are Lancashire lads responsible for the maintenance of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Dodgey (he loves car boot sales and ferreting in skips – should be at home on the heap then!), Steve and Brian (nicknamed Two-ey as he only has two front teeth) have been friends for years and have a wealth of experience. Dodgey comes from a family of mechanics, Steve is the electrics supervisor at the Pleasure Beach and Brian claims to be able to weld underwater. So as well as providing a constant level of cheeky banter, these guys are here for more than the ride! In The Big Dippers’ corner is expert armourer John Nixon. John spent 10 years learning his trade as an armourer with REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers), before splitting his time between a
S08E04 AC/DC Dairy Dash 09/10/2005 The challenge Cornish, classic Jag lovers the Beasts of Bodmin take on The 7s, a team of easy-going Essex bikers. In an electrifying off-road contest, they race to construct battery-powered milk floats capable of conquering tough terrain to safely deliver a dozen crates of milk. 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! Their expert is electric vehicle enthusiast Paul Compton. A self-taught electronics engineer who honed his mechanical skills building kit cars, Paul became interested in electric vehicles about 10 years ago. Since then he has raced across America in an electric Porsche 914 and built several EVs himself, including his current VW Scirocco conversion. He recently became deputy chairman of the Battery Vehicle Society and when he’s not busy with all that, he enjoys riding classic motorcycles across the country. The 7s Slick (Mick), Axel (Steve) and captain Bob make up The 7s. They are so-called because of their affiliation with a biking club in Southend of the same name. They are a bunch of leather-clad, beardy bikers from Essex. Into their Harleys and classic cars, these guys love their speed and have also built a sizeable trike, complete with 6-litre car engine, that can reach speeds of 180mph. Essex through and through, charismatic, here for a laugh and they don’t care what we ask them to build! The 7s' expert is Scrapheap veteran Nick Bell, who previously lent his expertise on Backpack Cars and Locomotives. Nick is a freelance designer of recreational tr
S08E05 Polar Pinball 16/10/2005 The challenge In this week's chilling challenge, the teams have to build an omni-directional machine that will act as a pinball in our polar arena. By notching up points for precision prangs on our high scoring targets, the team that scores the most wins! Lumbering Jacks Tree-cuttin' captain Baden and his fellow fellers Andrew and David are a top Scrapheap team. They 'say it how it is', love their agricultural machinery and are keen off-roaders. A jolly team with a good rapport, a sense of humour and a great attitude. With the motto 'If it's been built before, it can be built again', this team have the potential to go far. Our forest-loving, axe-wielding men of South Wales are here to cut their opponents down to size. Their team expert is a development engineer and former motorbike racer from Staines. Do-it-all Duncan Hyde is also an enthusiastic member of the Hovercraft Club of Great Britain. Over the last 10 years he has made no less than five hovercrafts, which his son has raced nationally and internationally. The Powerlifters 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' team expert is Colin Spooner, a design engineer from Norfolk who spent many years working for Lotus as design director. He now runs his own company, developing innovations in automotive design and engineering. The judge Graham Drury is the man that single-handedly invented and developed the adrenaline sport of ice speedway. He's spent years doing weird things on ice, including racing bobsleighs an
S08E06 Caber Tossers 23/10/2005 The challenge A bravehearted bunch of rollercoaster engineers, The Big Dippers, take on the furiously fast Skids in a Scrapheap-style Highland fling. The challenge: to construct a monster-sized mobile machine capable of tossing a massive 300-pound caber. The Skids The Skids are our southeast speedsters – a racing driver and his pit crew, ready for anything. This happy, chirpy and energetic team of captain Tony (a reincarnation of Dudley Moore, and Frank Zappa’s biggest fan), Dave and Simon mock, banter and jest so much through the day that it’s a wonder they manage to get anything built! Confident there hasn’t been a challenge so far they couldn’t have tackled, these boys are relishing the chance to get away from precision engineering and use their imaginations. Team expert and bodger extraordinaire Tinker, aka John Naylor, has a background in mediaeval re-enactment. He runs his own company, called Time Tarts, providing historical props and costumes for film and TV. John is known as ‘Tinker’ for his ability at just that, tinkering. The Big Dippers The Big Dippers are Lancashire lads responsible for the maintenance of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Dodgey (he loves car boot sales and ferreting in skips – should be at home on the heap then!), Steve and Brian (nicknamed Two-ey as he only has two front teeth) have been friends for years and have a wealth of experience. Dodgey comes from a family of mechanics, Steve is the electrics supervisor at the Pleasure Beach and Brian claims to be able to weld underwater. So as well as providing a constant level of cheeky banter, these guys are here for more than the ride! Team expert Roger Balls is a quiet, considered man from Bedford. A specialist in prototype agricultural engineering, Roger has a habit of over-engineering things and as a result gets called 'Roger-neering' by friends and colleagues. He has designed and built many novel pieces of farm machinery, including a 'mangle' for squeezing the jui
S08E07 Drag Boats 30/10/2005 The challenge The challenge this week is to build souped-up drag boats capable of a truly rapid ride along our aquatic drag strip. The winning team will complete the 300-metre, straight-line course in the quickest time. A firm foot on the throttle and a sure hand on the rudder will be essential. The Skids The Skids are our southeast speedsters – a racing driver and his pit crew, ready for anything. This happy, chirpy and energetic team of captain Tony (a reincarnation of Dudley Moore, and Frank Zappa’s biggest fan), Dave and Simon mock, banter and jest so much through the day that it’s a wonder they manage to get anything built! Confident there hasn’t been a challenge so far they couldn’t have tackled, these boys are relishing the chance to get away from precision engineering and use their imaginations. Team expert Simon Woodpower is an ex-professional off-shore powerboat racer who builds many of his own boats. He has several marine businesses, including a Poole-based engineering company called Oval 316. Simon worked on the Virgin Atlantic Challenger boat that beat the previous Atlantic crossing record (held since 1952) by more than two hours. The Rally Renegades The Rally Renegades are motorsports freaks from the North. Captain Kate was 2002 British Ladies Rally Champion and Jason and Gawaine, demon drivers in their own right, now service and repair Kate's car and support her in races and championships. All three know their way around the inside of a bonnet and see their team strength as a quick thinking ability to fix a mechanical problem using whatever is lying around them. Jason is the ‘big’ character of the team, Gawaine is his cynical sidekick and Kate is the organiser that cajoles them into action. They are a team with the drive to win! Team expert Ted Walsh is a powerboat eccentric. He started his affair with all things mechanical at the age of 16, when he rebuilt his first Land Rover. Ted built and raced countless off-roaders over the follo
S08E08 Car Fishing 06/11/2005 The challenge 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. Nuzzling Badgers 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. Flying Scotsmen 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. The judge Bristol man Bob McGrain has more than 30 years' experience in the
S08E09 Monster Drag 13/11/2005 The challenge In this semi final, those thrill seekers from Blackpool, The Big Dippers, meet Essex forklift fixers and fabricating fanatics, The Powerlifters, for one of the biggest builds in Scrapheap history. The challenge: to construct a super fast monster machine at least 5 metres long and weighing at least 5.5 tonnes. The Powerlifters 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! Team expert Steve Matthews returns to Scrapheap Challenge after providing expertise for Off Road Rescue in the last series. His team's machine famously broke in half, so we’ve invited him back for another try! Steve’s been building commercial recovery vehicles for the last 20 years – mostly out of scrap. He is a bus and heavy plant expert, but can turn his hand to anything. The Big Dippers The Big Dippers are Lancashire lads responsible for the maintenance of Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Dodgey (he loves car boot sales and ferreting in skips – should be at home on the heap then!), Steve and Brian (nicknamed Two-ey as he only has two front teeth) have been friends for years and have a wealth of experience. Dodgey comes from a family of mechanics, Steve is the electrics supervisor at the Pleasure Beach and Brian claims to be able to weld underwater. So as well as providing a constant level of cheeky banter, these guys are here for more than the ride! Team expert Andy Brookes owns his own haulage company and does all the servicing himself, so he knows every nut and bolt on a truck. He has just finished doing up a Ford Escort Mexico Mark I. The judge Mat
S08E10 Steeplechase 20/11/2005 The challenge This week it's a challenge to see who can build a steeplechaser with horsepower in the Scrapheap semi final: Steeplechase. They must build a vehicle capable of carrying the entire team over six 1.3-metre-high hurdles, without knocking them over. Nuzzling Badgers 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 George Wheeler from Bedfordshire is a chartered engineer and a fully qualified automotive mechanical engineer. He’s been working at Nissan for the last seven years, primarily in engine testing but also in engine design and project management. He once featured in Motor Caravan Monthly fitting a turbo to a motorhome. 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! Team expert Steve ‘Dewy’ Dewison from Essex is an automotive engineer and southern centre chairman for the Society of Automotive Engineers. He’s been designing in the business for 35 years. Steve builds his own racing sidecars and won three British Masters Sidecar Championships back-to-back (in 1987, 1988 and 1989). The judge This week’s ju
S08E11 Rock Crawler 27/11/2005 The challenge 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! The Powerlifters 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 ou
S08E12 Flying Machines 04/12/2005 The challenge This week it's the build to end all builds. Returning champs from last year, The Anoraks, take on the new wearers of the Scrapheap crown, The Powerlifters. The teams have but 20 hours to build what da Vinci himself couldn’t master – human-powered flight. The Anoraks Off-roading enthusiasts from Surrey, The Anoraks, Geoff, Lyndon and Marc, were the champions of series seven in 2004 and are back to defend their title. Geoff and Lyndon work in the technology industry and Marc is a 4x4 mechanic. They spend their spare time in Marc’s garage, building and restoring Land Rovers and other 4x4s. Lyndon claims he has broken, crashed and sunk more Land Rovers than he has had hot dinners; Geoff claims to be very good at hitting things with a hammer; and Marc likes to think he is the stabilising influence of the team. Team expert Billy Brooks is chief designer and director at Pegasus Aviation, as well as a pure genius and Scrapheap legend! Billy has previously been beaten by his rival expert Darren on Scrapheap Challenge and is very much looking forward to battling it out with him for a second time. The Powerlifters 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! Team expert is British Airways captain Darren Arkwright. He met his rival expert Billy in Scrapheap’s first venture skywards, a challenge called Gliders. Darren beat Billy on that occasion and knows that Billy is very much up for revenge! The judge Hong Kong-born Freddie To studied architecture in London at the Architectural Association school of Architecture. He designed
S08E13 Punkin' Chunk Special 00/00/0000 In 1986 a group of men in the US were arguing over who could throw an anvil the furthest. Hearing that some students were throwing pumpkins to raise funds for their school, the men's anvils became pumpkins and punkin chunkin was born. That year only three teams competed and a mere handful of onlookers watched. Bill Thompson and Trey Melson won with a throw of 128 feet, 2 inches using a machine made with garage door springs. Since then the competition has grown massively and thousands of people turn up to watch nearly 100 teams compete to throw pumpkins (or punkins as they're known locally) as far as they can. After 20 years, it's time for Scrapheap to take part - but under Scrapheap-style rules. So that meant just a couple of days' construction time on the heap in the UK before shipment of the machine by sea to the US, where there would be a few days' tinkering time. One heck of a challenge, given that the locals have a whole year to create their machines. But who could rise to it? Only one team came to mind ¿ The Scrapheap All-Stars of course!
S08E14 Scrapheap Challenge Roadshow Special 00/00/0000 The first-ever Scrapheap Challenge Roadshow in which 20 teams are challenged to build tomato-flinging machines in their garages.
S08E15 Series 8 Best of Show Special 00/00/0000 Featuring all the highs and lows and trips and tumbles, this special episode shows just what the teams faced, as well as their many crazy contraptions.
S09E01 Human Cannonball 15/04/2007 The Vikings, a team of Dark Ages battle re-enactment enthusiasts from Salisbury, face off against the Beach Bums, a team of surfers from Torquay, to construct a machine which can hurl a human-sized mannequin into a disused quarry.
S09E02 Monster Trikes 22/04/2007 The Engineering Eggheads, a team of mechanical engineering students from University College London, compete with the Diggers, a team of heavy plant engineers from Hull, to build 5m-long "monster" trikes, that can race head-to-head over a slalom course, carrying all four team members.
S09E03 Muscle Trains 29/04/2007 Plymouth's Super Subs vie with Sweet Chariots, a group of rugby players, to construct a train they has powered by the teams muscle.
S09E04 Snowmobiles 06/05/2007 Suffolk builders The Cement Mixers, and Dorset cab drivers The Turbo Taxis build and race snowmobiles.
S09E05 Giant Skateboards 13/05/2007 In this episode The Extinguishers must face The Steaming Scots to see who can build the better Giant Skateboard.
S09E06 Mechanical Mortars 20/05/2007 In this episode Woof Justice take on The Bus Boys in a race to create the most accurate and more mobile Mechanical Mortars.
S09E07 Airboats 27/05/2007 In this episode The Beach Bums face The Diggers to see who can build the better Airboat.
S09E08 Skid Pan Sumo 03/06/2007 This week The Turbo Taxi's and The Super Subs have to make mechanical sumo cars that are capable of pushing the other teams vehicle out of the arena.
S09E09 Earth Movers 04/11/2007 In the first semi-final the Beach Bums face the Extinguishers to see who can make the best machine capable of moving mounds of earth.
S09E10 Drag Sleds 11/11/2007 In the second semi-final Woof Justice face the Turbo Taxi's for a place in the final by building the fastest Drag Sled.
S09E11 Swamp Racers 18/11/2007 In the final of this series Woof Justice take on the Beach Bums to see who can make the better swamp racer and become the Scrapheap Challenge champions 2007.
S09E12 Bulldozers 25/11/2007 In the Grand Final, this series' winners Woof Justice take on last series' winners the Powerlifters to build Bulldozers from scrap.
S09E13 Paddle Boats 09/12/2007 In this Scrapheap special a team from the UK faces a team from the US to make Paddle Boats from scrap to commemorate the maritime achievements of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
S09E14 Sofa Speedway 16/12/2007 16 teams fight to make the best vehicles out of anything they like so expect some rather silly looking vehicles.
S09E15 Welly Wanging 23/12/2007 In this episode the Scrapheap Roadshow moves on and Welly Wanging is the objective and once again 16 teams battle it out to face the Scrapheap All-Stars.
S09E16 Scrapheap Retrospective 30/01/2008 Robert and Lisa present a look at the highlights of this years series.
S10E01 Scrap Speed Record 27/04/2008 To get the series off to a smashing start, the first episode challenges the teams to break one of Scrapheap's longest-standing records. Back in series six, The Catalysts set a top speed of 72mph in the Grand Prix Challenge. Now The Rocketeers, a team of pyrotechnicians from Bath, and The Brum Brums, motor mechanics from Birmingham, are challenged to beat that time, in the scrap speed record attempt. Where better to do it than historic Pendine Sands, the spiritual home of British land speed record attempts? The teams are under expert scrutiny as they attempt to race their way into the 'heap record books - this week's judge is two-time land speed record-holder Richard Noble.
S10E02 Scooter Shooters 04/05/2008 This week's mechanical migraine promises to be a Scrapheap classic. The teams must build contraptions to throw a 100-kilogramme scooter as far as they can, without the help of compressed gas or gunpowder. The Balloonatics, a trio of hot air balloonists from Liverpool, take on The Aquarium Crew, a team of aquarium constructors from Dorset.
S10E03 Speedy Superbikes 11/05/2008 The teams build high speed motorbikes capable of racing each other head-to-head around the twisty Scrapheap circuit.
S10E04 Decoration Dash 18/05/2008 It's a decorator's dream as two teams compete to build a mobile painting machine capable of decorating a house from a distance
S10E05 Dune Bashers 25/05/2008 The teams must build super-swift vehicles capable of racing up and over the Scrapheap's very own desert dunes.
S10E06 Powerboats 01/06/2008 The teams compete to build wave-pounding power boats capable of skimming across the Scrapheap lake. And it's not as easy as it sounds.
S10E07 Rocket Railway 08/06/2008 Inspired by the sleds used to test supersonic planes and spacecraft, the teams are challenged to build a superfast railway... but all usual forms of propulsion are banned.
S10E08 Fire Fighters 15/06/2008 The teams are challenged to build fire engines in just 10 hours. They have to complete a tight course in the fastest possible time, extinguishing two burning mock jet engines.
S10E09 Snow Shifters 22/06/2008 The teams are challenged to build super snow shifting machines as well as having to race up a ten-degree slope in temperatures of minus four degrees.
S10E10 Savvy Salvaging 29/06/2008 This challenge tests the teams' underwater ingenuity as they build a salvage machine from a stockpile of scrap in order to retrieve lost treasure from the bottom of a mini ocean.
S10E11 Land Tugs 06/07/2008 Two teams have reached the final and now they have just ten hours to build a tow tug capable of pulling a 155 ton jumbo jet along.
S10E12 Manphibious Madness 13/07/2008 It's the grand final of Scrapheap Challenge and the Rusty Regiment go head-to-head with Woof Justice for 2008's Rings of Steel trophy
S10E13 Hovercraft Bother 27/07/2008 A blast from the past, taking inspiration from the very first episode, when two teams were challenged to race makeshift hovercraft around the Scrapheap course.
S10E14 Dragsters 03/08/2008 Sixteen teams of backyard bodgers from around the UK battle it out for the chance to take on the crème de la crème of the engineering world, the Scrapheap Allstars.
S10E15 Ballistas 10/08/2008 Teams from around the country have been challenged to build giant mechanical bows capable of launching four-foot arrows, making for an archery tournament of epic proportions.
S10E16 10 Years on the Heap 10/08/2008 Robert Llewellyn looks back over the highlights of a decade on the heap with the presenters, experts and contestants who've made the show such a success.
S10E17 Best of Series 10 00/00/0000
S11E01 Chariot Jousting 01/07/2009
S11E02 Stuck in the Mud 03/07/2009
S11E03 Water Power 03/07/2009
S11E04 Blow Football 1 06/07/2009
S11E05 Medieval Siege Weapons 07/07/2009
S11E06 Giant Golf 1 08/07/2009
S11E07 Super Surf Boards 1 09/07/2009
S11E08 Mobile Mortars 1 10/07/2009
S11E09 Caber Tosser 1 13/07/2009
S11E10 Chariot Jousting 2 14/07/2009
S11E11 Stuck In The Mud 2 15/07/2009
S11E12 Water Power 2 16/07/2009
S11E13 Blow Football 2 17/07/2009
S11E14 Medieval Throwers 2 20/07/2009
S11E15 Monster Golf 2 21/07/2009
S11E16 Super Surfboards 2 22/07/2009 Three teams must build giant surfboards controlled by weight alone to take on Dick Strawbridge and his Diamonds. But water and engineering madness aren't always the best of companions.
S11E17 Mobile Mortars 2 23/07/2009
S11E18 Caber Tosser 2 24/07/2009
S11E19 Semi Final 27/07/2009
S11E20 Grand Final 28/07/2009
S12E01 Chariots 06/06/2010
S12E02 Off-road mine-retrieval machines 13/06/2010
S12E03 Water Powered Racers 20/06/2010
S12E04 Football machines 27/06/2010
S12E05 Ice Racers 00/00/0000
S12E06 Giant Darts 00/00/0000
S12E07 Jet Cars 00/00/0000
S12E08 Speedboats 00/00/0000
S12E09 Fire Engines 00/00/0000
S12E10 Car Curlers 00/00/0000
S12E11 Tanks 00/00/0000
S12E12 Grand Prix 00/00/0000

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