Smashing event draws hundreds of robot fans to gallery
IT'S an event that sees more mangled metal than a Transformers film.
The sparks were flying at Ipswich Art Gallery at the weekend, as the venue once again hosted the annual Australian Robowars Nationals.
The competition has bot builders from across the country constructing combat robots to participate in one-on-one fights.
Hundreds of spectators turned out to watch the little metal boxes smash each other to pieces within the gladiator-style arena.
Just like boxing or UFC, robots were divided into different weight classes with the 150gm antweight division and the 13.6kg featherweight competition.
Veteran competitors Miles Blow and Jules Pitts from Booval said the contest always had a fantastic atmosphere with crowds cheering for their favourite bots.
This year, the pair entered four battle bots named Ringo, Wanda, Kojack and Judgemental in the featherweight competition.
"After all the battling is over there's a really nice, helpful atmosphere," Mr Blow said.
"Other competitors will often help fix your robots and offer spare parts."
The couple said building and fighting robots was an addictive - but potentially expensive - hobby.
"We've learned a lot since we started in 2012. We go to a lot of used car yards to find materials," Mr Blow said.
This year's robo showdown was won by Tim Elmore and his robot Mental Bot in the featherweight competition.
The Australian Robowars Nationals 2014 was presented by the Queensland Robotics Sports Club and the Ipswich Art Gallery.