Team S.Tek, formerly Team S-tec, is a team from Mablethorpe, captained by Shane Swan. The team debuted in the New Blood championship of Extreme 2 and then entered from Series 7-10 of Robot Wars. There most notable success was reaching the heat final with Dantomkia in Series 8.

The Team[edit | edit source]

Team S-tec in Extreme 2

The team is captained by Shane Swan, who was originally joined by Andrew Shepard and Paul Morton. The team entered the New Blood Championship with Hell's Teeth in Extreme Series 2 under the name of Team S-tec, having previously failed to qualify for Series 5 and Series 6 with the same machine, before entering Series 7 with Trax. Both robots lost in the second round of their respective competitions.

Team S.Tek enter the arena with Dantomkia

In 2015, Shane Swan bought Dantomkia from Michael Lambert, upgraded it, and entered it into Series 8 of Robot Wars. He did so alongside Stuart Barnwell of Team Kat, Kevin Tonry, and Aimee Burch reaching the heat final. However he has since sold the robot onto Team Slam.

Shane Swan was specifically chosen to be a mentor in Robot Wars: Battle of the Stars. He appeared in Episode 1, mentoring Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, scientist and TV presenter. Swan helped the celebrity compete with a robot of her own design, Interstellar: MML, which finished third in the Head-to-Heads. Shane Swan's expertise was necessary to make repairs to Interstellar: MML, which left its first battle against Arena Cleaner heavily damaged.

For Series 9-10, Shane Swan built Push to Exit, with Stuart Barnwell taking over as the driver. In Series 9, Swan was joined once again by Paul Morton, and his young daughter Amelie. Shane Swan also invited YouTube content creators Anthony Murney and Stephen McCulla to join the team as "media relations" in order to allow McCulla access to review Push to Exit on his YouTube channel.[1] In Series 10, both Murney and McCulla joined the televised team replacing Barnwell and the Morton family, while Shane Swan returned to being the team driver. After Series 10, Shane Swan retired as a roboteer, due to Robot Wars being cancelled again and also him becoming too busy for live events, donating the shell to his final fellow team-mates and selling the last of the components from Push to Exit in March 2018.

Robots[edit | edit source]

Name Weight Class Series
Hell's Teeth Heavyweight Extreme 2
Trax Heavyweight Series 7
Dantomkia Heavyweight Series 8
Push to Exit Heavyweight Series 9-10

Wins/Losses[edit | edit source]

  • Wins: 5
  • Losses: 7

NOTE: Battle of the Stars wins/losses are not included

Series Record[edit | edit source]

Main Series Team S.Tek Series Record
The First Wars Did not enter
The Second Wars Did not enter
The Third Wars Did not enter
The Fourth Wars Did not enter
The Fifth Wars Failed to qualify with Hell's Teeth
The Sixth Wars Failed to qualify with Hell's Teeth
The Seventh Wars Heat, Round 2 with Trax
Series 8 Heat Final with Dantomkia
Series 9 Heat, Round 1 with Push to Exit
Battle of the Stars, Third Place with Interstellar: MML
Series 10 Heat, Round 1 with Push to Exit
Robot Wars Extreme Appearances
Series 1 Did not enter
Series 2 Entered with Hell's Teeth

Outside Robot Wars[edit | edit source]

HT4WD in 2003

Team S-tec were active on the live circuit during the classic run of Robot Wars, fighting with televised competitors Hell's Teeth and Trax, and HT4WD, a white four-wheeled robot, at various events.

The first custom-built Envy

Following the end of Robot Wars, Shane Swan teamed up with Jason Marston, the captain of Thor, to form Team Bud, which competed in various robot combat events across the country. The team rebuilt Thor, which has since been modified many times each year. Shane Swan also built a new robot called Air which he had the intentions of entering in to the FRA World Championships 2004. However, the World Championships were cancelled, although Swan still competed with Air at live events with little success until its retirement. In 2007, Swan rebuilt Trax into an early version of Envy, which was then rebuilt again into another incarnation, and enjoyed considerable success at live events.

Later, Team Bud were joined by Scottish roboteer Liam Bryant, with his heavyweight Storm Force and other robots Pug and Puglet. The team were also given Minotaur and both of Random Violence Technologies' robots, Mortis and its unfinished successor, later known as Rigormortis. Following an attempt to restore them to running condition, Team Bud subsequently gave Mortis and Rigormortis to John Findlay, with both robots later going into the hands of Team Make Robotics, who remain their current owners.[2] Shane Swan also started building an invertible four-wheeled robot, Full Tilt, believed to be the first robot with a 360 degree electrically powered flipper.

Envy in 2012

Chuck, Team Bud's featherweight

Near late 2012, Shane Swan also rebuilt Air to replace Envy (actually using Envy as a base for the new Air), which was retired. They also had a featherweight robot called Chuck, a featherweight version of Envy. They later gained a new team member, Tom Kane from Team Kan-Opener, who added Kan-Opener G and Kan-Opener H to the armada of robots possessed by Team Bud.

The original Air

Air, previously Envy

Team Bud had a specific colour scheme for its robots, barring the Kan-Opener incarnations they owned, of silver and black. However, the team colours later changed to black and red, and the team name was set to change. However, in 2013, Team Bud disbanded, with Jason Marston and Shane Swan going their separate ways to focus on their own individual robots. When the team disbanded, Swan retained Air, but later sold it through the Fighting Robots Association. Chuck was also sold to Team Trance, and Kan-Opener H was been sold to Mario of Team KODOX.

Liam Bryant's robot Pug

Full Tilt (designed by Shane Swan) which was under construction

Of Team Bud's remaining robots, Pug retired in Summer 2011 but returned in the form of the Scot Bots kit in September 2013. Storm Force went into 'sleep mode', taking a hiatus from competition. Chuck was sold to Jarvis Callister, but the sale was cancelled two months later, although the robot still competes in live events as of October 2017 under Team Trance's ownership. Full Tilt was not completed, as it was overweight at 120kg, and would have required a full rebuild, so Shane Swan has kept its remaining parts.

The new version of Air in 2014

Air as ThunderChild, under the ownership of Team ThunderCheese

In 2014, Shane built a new version of Air, which was put up for sale in July 2014. In January 2015, it was revealed that Team ThunderCheese bought the robot and renamed it ThunderChild, which applied for the new series of Robot Wars under the ownership of its new team.

It was in November 2015, Shane Swan acquired the fifth version of Dantomkia, and in October 2016, he sold it to Team Slam. After selling Dantomkia, Swan also announced that he was building a new version of his previously successful heavyweight robot Envy, which then was revealed as Push to Exit.

Weld-Dor after being restored by team member Anthony Murney

In 2018, team member Anthony Murney acquired former Robot Wars Series 3 competitor Weld-Dor after a conversation Phelim Lundy of Team Weld-Dor. He would then restore the robot, documenting it in a series of videos on his YouTube channel, eventually bringing it up to working condition. He would also become the owner of the unfinished Weld-Dor 4, with the intention of completing it.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • YouTube content creators Anthony Murney and Stephen McCulla were part of Team S.Tek backstage in Series 9, but did not appear on television until Series 10. Stephen McCulla is known for his review channel, Votesaxon07, which also features Anthony Murney, and frequently made Robot Wars content, which included a video review of Push to Exit in Series 9. Anthony Murney is known on YouTube as Twopennymilk 8908, producing the series Antweight Anarchy with McCulla.
  • Series 9 team member Amelie was the youngest member of any team in that series.
  • During Robot Wars' hiatus, Shane Swan's heavyweight, Envy, was inducted into The Combat Robot Hall of Fame in 2009, as a result of its performances at Roaming Robots events.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Robot Wars: Reactivated - Stephen McCulla's 20th Anniversary Documentary
  2. Private correspondence between User:VulcansHowl and Arthur Chilcott's Facebook page, 30th August 2017

External links[edit | edit source]

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