19 November 2001

The challenge was to produce a fully operational hydrofoil out of scrap in just ten hours in the blistering Los Angeles heat. This proved to be something of a diversion for the Cat-alysts, who are used to working with a more prestigious metal as product developers of Jaguar's luxury vehicles.
(From left) Garry Preece, Tim Wright and Shane Brading with one of their Scrapheap creations.
Cat-alysts team captain, Garry Preece, said: "The heat was unbearable on this challenge. Each of the Cat-alysts required medical treatment for heat exhaustion and Shane was in need of additional oxygen. It proved an even greater problem for the competition, as their creation didn't even leave the start line - thanks to an unresolved electrical problem. It was a victory for us none-the-less and we are ecstatic."

From here the victorious Cat-alysts go to the Grand Final, against 2000's Scrapheap Champions, The Megalomaniacs. The last programme in this popular series is screened on Channel 4 next Sunday, 25 November 2001 at 1800hrs.


Notes to editors:
1/ Jaguar's Cat-alysts team are made up of captain Garry Preece, of Claverdon, Shane Brading of Warwick and Tim Wright of Leamington Spa. Both Garry and Tim are based at the Jaguar Design and Engineering Centre in Whitley, Coventry, whilst Shane is based at the S-TYPE manufacturing facility in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham.

2/ The Cat-alysts continue to work together in the UK, now that filming for the series is complete, by raising money for the NSPCC, The Woodland Trust, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and the Bazaruto School Fund in Mozambique. Further details are available on the team website: