Steve G - Scrappy Races
if you have any questions for the teams or RDF Media the program makers then
Question:If the teams had a choice of a different vehicle what would they choose and why ? Love the show and how do we apply ? Val, Mick & Jim
Hi Val, Mick & Jim, I would say maximus's van or the bulls pick-up were by far the most versatile vehicles. Given the choice, a twin wheel transit pick up, or a 110 Landrover pick-up (with only 2 wheel drive to keep it fair). Basically a sound diesel engine with a good build platform, but not too heavy, and also no air pipes! There was a huge 'unseen' challenge for the Chainsaw Clan when we had to do all the welding and cutting without burning any holes in the lorries air brake pipes. We had to make a few repairs, and on the sheep throwing build I was filmed fixing air pipes at the back of the truck (the funny part is that it had nothing to do with our actual challenge in hand) but without the repairs we couldn't drive otherwise!. All the best! Big Ronnie (Chainsaw Clan)
If we had to choose from the four vehicles in the show it would be the camper van of Maximus, because it had a powerful 6 cyl engine and a low ratio transmission and good ground clearance, if we could choose any thing it would probably be a Japanese 4x4 pick up. Cot (Staffordshire Bulls)
NEWDennis Mapp made the simple but clear statement, what else but a .......... "4x4 Volkswagen LT35 van, nice" Dennis Mapp (Maximus)
Regarding the second part of your questionyou should find the application details on the Channel4 web pages when they finalise the next series details. The website for the previous series Scrappy Races 2 (2005) posted this Applications Page after the 2005 series ended. Therefore best to keep your eye on the Channel4 2006 Scrappy Races Rally website over the coming months for team application details. Steve G
Question:Hindsight is a wonderful thing but can the Rally Dragons say how they may have carried out the build section different if they had the time again ? especially the sheep thrower rail as they did not have time to check it at the end. cheers Spook.
Answer:no reply received from the Rally Dragons as at the end of the series
Question:Nikki, as you are the only team member to have done scrappy races before, do you miss the public road sections that were in between each challenge in the last series ? Sally
Answer:no reply received from Nikki (Rally Dragons) as at the end of the series
Question:Hi, what has happened to Scrappy Races? The new series is in the American style, where vehicles are merely modified, from a predetermined starting point. The previous series have been much more entertaining, as the eccentricity of the initial vehicles has been instrumental in the modification for the challenges.
The main excitement for the last two series was watching these highly improbable machines driving across the UK!, being modified on the way.With the new format there appears to be an inherent advantage to those teams supplied with adequate vehicles. There is no individuality between the creations, just fixed starting points. This lessens the competition.
Am still watching it, just don't enjoy so much :-(
FWIW think the scoring system is better this year.
Sorry to moan. Ian
This question was passed on to RDF Media the makers of the show and we received from them an excellent in-depth answer. The reply from the series producer for RDF Media is as follows:
There are a variety of reasons for the changes this year.
In no particular order…
Inevitably some people will feel these are backwards steps, we accept that, but we hope that the new format will win over and bring in new viewers, which should ensure the programme returns year after year.
David Johnson, RDF Media, Series Producer - Scrappy Races Rally
Question:I am sure i used to own the Capri that the rally dragons are using, any ideas where it came from. I live on the isle of wight. Kev
Answer:Hi Kev, the vehicles were actually obtained by the program makers on this occasion via a third party and the engineering crew for RDF Media. The registration mark for the Capri is D807 *** so that may help you know if it was previously your car. In answer to your specific question I do not know at this time where the Capri was actually purchased. When I next speak with the engineering crew I will however ask if they know.
Since the above original answer was provided to Ian, he has since sent to me the following pictures that confirm the Capri being used be the rally Dragons does indeed belong to him. (I have removed the full registration plate to avoid misuse) Steve G
Nice one Ian. We hope that you are not dissapointed with what happen to your old car.
Reply received from Kev: Thanks for taking the trouble on my behalf, very much appreciated. Don't worry I will still be watching. Thanks again. Ian
Additional reply received from Nikki (Rally Dragons): Kev, We loved the fluffy dice! I think I am correct in saying that was once your car. All I can say is keep watching your Capri lived up to the challenge. Again, hope your not to disappointed by its final days and its slight bump on show one! Just very glad the Capri radiators are set back! Nikki
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