|Nightmare competed at the May 19-28, 2002 BattleBots|
Back Here is the full scoop on how Nightmare did for each fight at San Francisco November 2002 BattleBots (Season 5.0):
Fight 1: vs. Warhead
Nightmare's first fight was against Warhead, a beautiful new machine from the U.K. by the same great guys who built Razer.
Warhead had plowed his way through the prelims at this point, having defeated 3 other well-built bots, I was very intimidated when I realized Nightmare would be fighting this beast.
Warhead sports a deadly spinning dome, powered by a gas motor, which also powers the hydraulic system, used to raise and lower the arms and tail (the arms can self-right the robot if it gets knocked on it's side). Even the dome can be tilted forward and back. Quite an animated machine, and extremely effective with that massive spinning dome on the front.
The match started with both bots spinning up and approaching each other. Warhead swooped in, but missed, I saw my opportunity, and moved in to attack the backside of Warhead, but I had inadvertedly left my 'slow-drive' switch on my radio, so Nightmare only casually approached. By the time I got to Warhead, he had spun around and was facing Nightmare head-on again, so I just kept going in. The first impact was both spinners against each other. Nightmare's vertical disc, up to full speed, slammed into Warhead's full-spinning horizontal dome. The impact cratered Nightmare's tooth deep into the aluminum dome of Warhead, which for most opponents, would have been just what I wanted, but because Warhead's dome was spinning sideways with the tooth embedded, Warhead effectively 'twisted' Nightmare's tooth right off the side of the disc! The 5 pound tooth flew across the arena, bounced off the Lexan and landed back near where the bots were fighting. The disc was still spinning full-speed however, and the peeled-back aluminum from the gap where the tooth used to be, came back around and sliced through Nightmare's own weapon drive belts, and the disc slowly spun down and stopped.
Warhead spun around again to attack, and the stunned and now weaponless Nightmare couldn't do much but try to aim into the attack. Warhead ferociously pushed Nightmare to the side to get at his left-side wheel. Quite efficiently, Warhead smashed the wheel so hard that the motor it was attached to, shattered, sending the wheel, along with the hub and the face of the gearbox (all still attached), flying, leaving Nightmare crippled on the BattleBox floor. Once I saw the flying wheel and gearbox face, I knew it was over. As I pushed the radio's joystick, I could see the white sparks coming from the inside of the brush housing that was still on Nightmare, and although I noticed the other side drive was still capable of movement, there was no way of winning this fight, even trying to would cost me a speed controller and probably a lot more damage, so I shut down and Warhead took his victory spin.
Man, what a great time, and what a great machine! I salute the Warhead team for an awesome match!
Warhead wins by Knockout
Total time: 56 seconds
This match was televised on Comedy Central's BattleBots, episode 503
Photo from Team Razer
Photo by Mike Phillips
Within a few hours, my (Awesome) pit crew and I had pieced Nightmare back together to full operating condition. New disc, new teeth, new belts, new drive motor, a little bit of touch-up paint, heck, Nightmare looked good-as-new, ready to kick bot in the heavyweight consolation rumble.
Well, things were going great until Nightmare smacked Junkyard Offspring a few times. The first hit tossed the Lexan lid of J.O. into the lights of the arena, bringing down a shower of glass from the lights. The next hit actually tore Nightmare's tooth completely off the disc and it went flying straight up, into the ceiling of the BattleBox, where it proceeded to smash it's way through the Lexan roof at extreme velocity. This solid, very heavy chunk of steel flew through the air, and actually into the crowd! Of course, during the fight, I, and everyone else, were completely oblivious that this had happened. I just knew that Nightmare had lost a tooth, I figured it was either lodged in a bot or laying in the arena somewhere. I just kept on smashing up the competition, tossing bots around as Nightmare is so fond of doing, even with just one tooth.
Luckily, nobody was seriously injured, although the outcome could have been MUCH worse given the circumstances, and I thank God that it ended up the way it did.
After this HW rumble, the BattleBots staff decided that it was just too dangerous to continue the rest of the rumbles, and they were cancelled.