Robot Wars 1997

The 1997 Robot Wars event took place August 15th thru 17th at the Fort Mason Center, Herbst Pavillion in San Francisco. There were four classes:

  • Featherweight : 10-25 lbs.
  • Lightweight : 26-50 lbs.
  • Middleweight : 51-100 lbs.
  • Heavyweight : 101-170 lbs.
Two events were featured within each weight class:
  • A standard 'Face-Off' tournament with a 5 minute time limit (results below).
  • A 'Melee' free-for-all, also with a 5 minute time limit. Melee winners:
    • Superlight : Wedge of Doom
    • Light : Defiant
    • Middle : Turtle Roadkiller
    • Heavy : Biohazard and Blendo (tie)
Other prize winners were:
  • Best Design : 'Z'
  • Best Engineering : 'Blendo'
  • Strangest Robot : 'Snake'
  • Autonomous : 'Thumper'

Note that there are two different competitors named Will Wright. Both are very nice people. One (My Little Pony) founded Maxis Software (Sim City, The SIms) and became rich and famous.


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Red-Green - Jim Sellers, Destructomatic - Phil Putman, Bot Will Eat Itself - Jason Bardis, Bayou Bangle - Patrick Eskew, Sabotage - Matt Sabatino, Gorange - Antony DuRaine, Buzzcut - Christian Carlberg, Thwonkis Mobilis - Chris Ervine, Spike II - Andrew Lindsey, Slomo IV - Klass Langhout, KMM - Rik Winter, Red 2 - John Knoll, The Fishstick from Guam - Keith Gould, The Little Green - David H.W.Koo, No Love - Kenneth C. Rose, Wedge of Doom - Tony Buchignani, Bob Smith - Will Wright, C3 - F. J. Crandell, Bad Monkey - Gary Cline, Doughboy - Lisa Winter, The Grinch - [builder unknown], Spiny Norman - Will Wright, Fuzzy - Cassidy Wright, The Rat - Robert C. Or, TKO - Terry Barker.