Scrapheap Challenge: The Scrappy Races - Series 1

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Technology Documentary hosted by Robert Llewellyn and Lisa Rogers, published by Channel 4 in 2004 - English narration

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This manic four-part series takes five top Scrapheap teams and gives them five weeks to build five freakish, monster, mutant motors at home. These basic rigs are then taken on a fantastic, hairy race across England, Scotland and Wales. Four teams of brilliant bodgers have L1,500 and six weeks to build the ultimate scrappy racer. They must be able to adapt their homemade banger to face any obstacle or challenge they may encounter and it has to be tough enough to survive a gruelling 1,000-mile journey across Britain. They can spend the money on anything they want to build their base vehicles but the end result must be wild and wacky. It also must be able to drive on the open road. This means it must pass the mother of all MOTs, the SVA (Single Vehicle Approval) test. All home-built vehicles must pass this test to prove they are safe for the road. Only once they pass the SVA test can the teams take part in the first challenge – a race round a vehicle-proving track. Once the racers are street legal, and if they survive the proving ground, they will head out on the road to face four more of the most hair-raising challenges that man and Nature has to offer. Before each challenge, they have eight hours at a real roadside scrapyard to modify their vehicle for the task. If they can't finish the machine in the allotted time, they can't take part in the race. For each event, there are four points for the winners, three for the second-placed runner-up and so on. At the end of the championship, the points will be totted up and the team with the highest score will be declared the winners. There is one caveat: they must cross the finish line of the last test or else they are out of the competition, no matter how many points they have. Produced and Directed by Daniel Edwards ; RDF Media Production for Channel Four Television

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The teams engage in a five-week endeavour to build their basic rigs. These machines need to be adaptable, rugged and most of all, roadworthy.
Each team's machine will need to pass a Single Vehicle Approval (SVA) test. This is no ordinary MOT - the guidelines alone make up a 200-page document - and if the teams don't pass they won't be road legal and will be out of the competition.
But it's not just about building and testing this week. There's a taster of what the machines can do in a timed agility test run.

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Handbrakes off and pedals to the metal. Our five bonkers Scrappy Racers are flying down the M4 motorway to glorious south Wales.
Destination: Pendine Sands. The long trip down is going to be a test of endurance for the ingenious competitors. Can their robust contraptions manage the miles? If they make it, the 'flat as a snooker table' Sands await. They have seen many land speed tests in the past (including the famous Bluebird). Each team get eight hours in a local scrapyard to torch, cut, weld, bash and bolt their road runners into racers.

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The teams have to travel 300 miles from south Wales to Tong in Yorkshire. Here, they will face one of the toughest off-road driving courses in the country, complete with steep rubble climbs, sump-smashing ruts and engine-drenching pools.
Pace, toughness and grip are the order of the day. Can the robust racers chew up the muddy trail and conquer the clay? Eight hours at a scrapyard and a sack full of tools should help. The fastest team on race day wins this challenge.

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The intrepid teams of metal-mangling road runners have made it to the end of the series. After building their Scrapheap monsters and driving them more than a thousand miles across this green and pleasant land, the five favourite funsters arrive in bonny Scotland for a watery challenge.
Here at Loch Lomond, they have just eight hours to convert their road-going revellers into seaworthy speedboats ready for a 200-metre dash on the waves. Is this the most bonkers race of all? Of course - it's the final of Scrappy Races!

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Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3
Video Bitrate: 1 691 Kbps
Video Resolution: 704x560
Display Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Frames Per Second: 25.000 fps
Audio Codec: AAC (LC)
Audio Bitrate: 160 kb/s VBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 47 min
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: 581 MB - 718 MB
Source: PDTV
Encoded by: the hobb@a.b.multimedia

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