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This is the Hog team that took part in Robot Wars series 6 in
2002, and which consits of my sons Robert on the left and Jonathan on the
right. I'm the taller, older looking one without the red shoulder pads.
At the begining of the project, there were many family members who
could have joined the team. Here is a very early picture of some of those
You will notice that I come from a family with a history of
tinkering in the garage. The photo on the left shows just one of my fathers
early vehicles; a fully enclosed motor bike, which he built back in the early
60s! There is not enough space here to tell you more about his vehicles, but if
you're interested in a bit of family history,
me for more information. The people in the photo are (from left to right):
- Noel Poncelet (that's me, the little boy sitting on my dad's
- Rene Poncelet, my dad who is now 82, but still spends some
time in the garage. He has a wealth of engineering experience that I have drawn
on over the months.
- Paul Poncelet, my eldest brother (unlikely to be a team member
because he lives in France).
- Philip Poncelet, another brother.
- Maurice Poncelet, my last brother.
Needless to say we have all aged a bit since this photo was taken.
These young lads in the wheelbarrow are the main reason why I
embarked on building a robot. They are all my sons, and all Robot Wars
fanatics. From left to right they are:
- Jonathan, aged 10.
- Robert, aged 8.
- Daniel, aged 6
The final team member is my wife Jude, who also persuaded me to
build the robot. Without her patience and support, the robot wouldn't be where
it is today.
After a bit of digging I finally found this picture of Jude
and myself. Admittedly we aren't usually dressed so smartly, but it is probably
one of our better pictures.
Last updated 4th July
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