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The Battle of the Spinners (also referred to as Spin City) was a Special Event broadcast in Heat C of Robot Wars: The Seventh Wars. One of three weapons-themed events shown throughout the series, it consisted of a one-off three-way melee between competitor robots armed with heavy rotating weapons.

Competing robotsEdit

Barber-Ous 2'N a Bit
Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit
Weight 99kg
Dimensions 0.51 x 0.75 x 1.15m
Power 250W bicycle HUB motors
Weapons Spinning drum
Strengths It's made of plastic
Weaknesses It's made of plastic
From: Horsham, West Sussex
Team Members: Simon Rafferty, Christopher Watts & Guy Radford
Infernal Contraption S7
Infernal Contraption
Weight 97kg
Dimensions 0.42m x 0.70 x 0.84m
Power 3 x 750W electric motors
Weapons Rotating drum
Strengths Vicious weapon
Weaknesses Random control
From: Washingborough, Lincolnshire
Team Members: Jonathan Pillai, Gary Ewer & Ray Thompson
Shredder Evolution
Shredder Evolution
Weight 100kg
Dimensions 0.34 x 0.84 x 1.01m
Power 24V electric motors
Weapons Twin counter rotating discs
Strengths Solid build
Weaknesses Hasn't got any
From: Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
Team Members: Paul Hunt, Samuel Jones & Chris Organ

Battle of the SpinnersEdit

Infernal Contraption vs Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit vs Shredder EvolutionEdit

Infernal Contraption rim

Shredder Evolution causes early damage to Infernal Contraption

Infernal Contraption immediately attacked Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit, but caused no damage. Shredder Evolution then joined in on the action and made contact with the front of Infernal Contraption, sending it toppling over. All three robots tussled, with Shredder Evolution registering a notable blow, ripping off a protective rim from one Infernal Contraption's wheel.

"There's a fair bit of metal flying around out there on the arena floor, I can tell you!"
— Jonathan Pearce
Barber-Ous II'n a Bit vs Shredder Evolution

Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit throws Shredder Evolution up from behind

Shredder Evolution then attacked Infernal Contraption and sent it flying into the arena wall, before Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit came in from behind on Shredder Evolution and threw its rear end up into the air, ripping off its protective left wheel bracket in the process. Shredder Evolution and Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit both moved away to continue their own personal duel, while Infernal Contraption found itself stuck in Mr. Psycho's CPZ.

"Infernal Contraption on the back-foot. Does a spinner have a foot? Don't think so..."
— Jonathan Pearce
Barber-Ous pitted

Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit is swept into the pit by Mr. Psycho

After Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit flicked Shredder Evolution up twice in a row, Shredder Evolution decided to activate the pit release button. The three robots then became locked in battle in and around the CPZ, with Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit suffering a hammer blow from the House Robot. As Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit made its way away from danger, Mr. Psycho had also crept out of his CPZ and managed to sweep Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit into the pit with his claw.

"A close shave for Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit. Close.. sh.. never mind... It's out on the arena floor and into the pit!"
— Jonathan Pearce as Barber-Ous 2'n a Bit tries to escape from Mr. Psycho before being knocked down into the pit

Meanwhile, Infernal Contraption finally made its way out of the CPZ, but one of its wheels had become damaged and it was spinning around in a circle. Shredder Evolution had also become damaged, as its discs had stopped working, and it also seemed to have lost some of its manoeuvrability, but it was still able to force Infernal Contraption into the CPZ.

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The limping Shredder Evolution and Infernal Contraption make contact

Shredder Evolution limped away, and Refbot decided to come in and count out Infernal Contraption. Mr. Psycho then picked up Infernal Contraption, before roasting it on the flame pit and dropping it down into the pit of oblivion.

"Barber-Ous pitted, Infernal Contraption absolutely battered. The winner of Spin City: the Battle of the Spinners - it has to be Shredder!"
— Craig Charles

Battle of the Spinners Champion: Shredder Evolution

TriviaEdit

  • As this battle was aired during Heat C of Series 7, it marked the first appearances of all three competing robots in that series despite actually being filmed long afterwards.
  • All three participants fell in the first round of the main competition.
  • Although dedicated to heavy rotating weapons, this battle did not feature any competitors with a full-body spinner, a single horizontal/vertical flywheel or a bar spinner.
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