Frequently Asked Questions
 
       
 
Q.
Do you really only get 10 hours to build your machine (yawn!!) ?  
 
   
 
A.
A. I can only speak from experience, and in the case of Street Cleaner we really did have only 10 hours or thereabouts. We were promised longer after the confiscation of our rather too good scavenging find, but it never materialised. In any event we didn't need it. It always looks like an impossibly fast finish as the team spend all day making little bits and scavenging tiny components. It then takes amazingly little time to glue it all together with string and tape and three miles of Shane's finest weld.

I have heard rumours of sub-10 hour build times, where both teams have working machines so they take an early night. Like I say, just rumour, no-one believes that !

 
 
   
 
Q.
How much does Tim weigh ?  
 
   
 
A.
Less than Shane and considerably less than Garry. He does however have an amazing power to weight ratio which can be a factor in human powered flying machines. His svelte figure also makes him less susceptible to overheating due to a large surface area to volume ratio and his tailor realises a higher profit margin on his clothes than most.  
 
   
 
Q.
Do Shane's welds ever fail ?  
 
   
 
A.
A. No. Well, we did have a minor non-critical weld failure once when I made a very poor job of preparation and providing access and then demanded he weld, now ! But never has a mission-critical weld even come close to failure.