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"Building a robot from scratch is not a particularly easy thing to achieve, especially when you only have the rulebook and a TV program for inspiration. For us the mechanical design and construction of the robot was a relatively straight forward process due to an engineering background and contacts in the industry to help out. The electrical side was slightly more tricky as none of the team had any experience in this area. We ordered parts based on the suggestions from Robot Wars."
— Team Iron-Awe website[1]

Team Iron-Awe is a team from Somerset that fought on the British TV show Robot Wars. They have fought with several different versions of Iron-Awe, and also Axe-Awe. Iron-Awe was a robot with an axe that fought in Series 4 whilst Axe-Awe, Iron-Awe 2 and Iron-Awe 2.1 all had an axe and a flipper. Iron-Awe 6 competed in Series 10 with only a flipper. The team also fought with a featherweight called Prince of Awe that reached the featherweight final in Series 7.

The TeamEdit

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The team with Prince of Awe

Team Iron-Awe was captained by builder Gilbert Grimm, who was consistently joined by his son Robert. They would either be joined by Adrian Moore, or Ian Bilboe, in different series. Gilbert Grimm drove the team's robots in Series 4-7, while Robert Grimm was the driver in Series 10.

"After watching the first 2 series of Robot Wars we decided to apply to take part in the series. However due to a delay in receiving the rules and other commitments we missed out on the deadline for Series 3. We spent the time coming up with a design."
— Team Iron-Awe website on entering Robot Wars[2]

Team Iron-Awe are one of only three teams to have had their robots thrown out of the arena three times, with the others being Team Vader and Team Ixion. The most famous of these was against Wheely Big Cheese. Iron-Awe 2.1 did however manage to pull off one of the biggest shocks in Robot Wars history by flipping Series 5 runners-up Bigger Brother out of the arena in Series 7.

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Natalie Cassidy with Iron-Awe

For the Celebrity Special shown as part of the Christmas specials in December 2000, the team were joined by the actress Natalie Cassidy. As per the rules, she had to control the machine for sixty seconds before she was permitted to hand the controls over to the roboteers. She covered Iron-Awe in L-Plates to show her lack of experience driving robots. Iron-Awe lost in Round 1 to Pussycat, and Natalie Cassidy joined the Cold Fusion Team, who were being led by her EastEnders co-star Adam Woodyatt, for the rest of the tournament.

Although Team Iron-Awe consisted only of father-and-son Gilbert and Robert Grimm in Series 10, Robert's eight-month old son William featured heavily in Iron-Awe 6's VT, effectively making him an honorary team member.

The Team were not particularly successful on the televised show, only reaching the Heat Final once in four attempts, but since the show has ended, the subsequent models of Iron-Awe have proved much more successful, most notably winning the UK Championship twice with Iron-Awe 5.

RobotsEdit

  • Iron-Awe (Series 4)
  • Axe-Awe (Series 5, Extreme 1)
  • Iron-Awe 2 (Series 6, Extreme 2)
  • Iron-Awe 2.1 (Series 7)
  • Prince of Awe (Series 7)
  • Iron-Awe 6 (Series 10)
Name Weight Class Series
Iron-Awe Heavyweight Series 4, 6-7, 10, Extreme 2
Axe-Awe Heavyweight Series 5, Extreme 1
Prince of Awe Featherweight Series 7

Wins/LossesEdit

  • Wins: 9
  • Losses: 10

Series RecordEdit

  • Iron-Awe as a prototype Axe-Awe before series 5. It had a flipper and axe.
  • Iron-Awe 2 fighting Axe-Awe at Yeovil in 2002
  • Small-Awe, a featherweight constructed in 2006
  • Predator, the team's other robot
  • Axe-Awe on display in 2016
  • Iron-Awe 2.1 on display in 2016
Main Series Team Iron-Awe Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Heat, Round 2 with Iron-Awe
The Fifth Wars Heat, Round 2 with Axe-Awe
The Sixth Wars Heat, Round 1 with Iron-Awe 2
The Seventh Wars Heat Final with Iron-Awe 2.1
Featherweight Championship Final with Prince of Awe
Series 8 Not selected with Iron-Awe 5 and Iron-Awe 7
Series 9 Not selected with Iron-Awe
Series 10 Heat, Third Place with Iron-Awe 6
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Entered with Axe-Awe
Series 2 Entered with Iron-Awe 2

TriviaEdit

  • One of Team Iron-Awe's later machines, Iron-Awe 5, was inducted into The Combat Robot Hall of Fame in 2009, as a result of its successes in live events held up to the year of its induction.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://iron-awe.weebly.com/history.html
  2. http://iron-awe.weebly.com/history.html
  3. http://runamok.tech/hall_of_fame.html

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