Full Metal Challenge

Season 1 Episode 5

US/UK/South Africa

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 17, 2002 on TLC
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US/UK/South Africa
Teams: The Washburns vs. Body Snatchers vs. Kalahari Cats
Games: Ten Pin, Pit Ball, Wetropolis, Sumo

The Kalahari Cats' Leopard was based on a vehicle that won a ton of races in South Africa. With garage owner Mike on the team, the Cats expected a walk in the park. UK-born Guy even thought he'd take the opportunity to visit his mother in Portsmouth. Overconfident? You bet.
Two other mega-monsters were waiting in the wings. Stomp, a prehistoric armored vehicle from the UK, was driven by three mad paramedics known as the Body Snatchers. They reckoned it would take a lot to blow their cool because of their high-stress jobs. And they were right.
Agrivator, from the United States, seemed to be in a league of its own. It boasted a 7.2-liter engine, 5,842 pounds of girth, a top speed of 100 mph and a wicked extendable arm. This baby looked like a T. Rex crossed with a Beach Buggy and a Massey Ferguson. Team members the Washburn Family called it a DRV — Disposable Recycled Vehicle. It was the ultimate hybrid: chassis from a harvester, tires from a military vehicle, hydraulic arms from a junkyard, engine parts scavenged from a motor home. Jon used to work for George Lucas — did he steal Agrivator from the set of Star Wars?
The Cats' Leopard held its tail up high in Ten Pin, but didn't score in Pitball, earning a one-way ticket to the felines' rest home. Meow! After Wetropolis, Agrivator was in the lead, but Sumo ended in Jurassic Sparks. An amputated Agrivator scared the wits out of the Body Snatchers — it looked like a wounded dragon spitting fire.
The result after Sumo was a tie, with two rounds to each team. The judges had a tough call. Their decision was based on which vehicle was still alive. No contest. An awesome victory for the Body Snatchers, thank heavens for grenade-proof tires!moreless

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