2018 K*bot Hall of Fame Museum in Las Vegas

  

"Fly Swatter" above on the far right from San Antonio, Texas the 2003 Division 3 K*bot World Champion. It was created and operated by Evan Gray the youngest student ever to win a K*bot World Championship at the age of a few days short of 7 years old. Evan Gray went on to win the K*bot World Championships in Division 1 and Division M tying him with Edy Valdes and Devyn Bowden both from Corpus Christi, Texas and Jarod Klingonsmith from Las Vegas with three World Championships; only superstars Harrison Stanton from Henderson with four and Brendan Mulcahy from Las Vegas, Nevada with seven K*bot World Championships won more.

 

“Godzilla” Built in 2000, it was the first K*bot to become a powerhouse star. Even though this Division 2 four-time San Antonio and one-time Las Vegas Regional Champion K*bot from Texas never won a K*bot World Championship, it became the overall (most victories) K*bot in the first seven years of K*bots. The teenager on the right in the center photo was the creator of Godzilla.

   “Greem Reaper” This was the most feared K*bot ever and arguably the best K*bot in Division 1 history. Edy Valdes from Corpus Christi, Texas created the recognized K*bot in K*bot history. The 2002 and 2005 Division 1 K*bot World Champion only lost two times in history. Even the best K*bot in the world found out K*bot life is an adventure as his only two shocking losses came at the 2003 and 2004 K*bot World Championships. When Edy made up his mind to do something he really wanted to do, it was trouble for K*bot competitors. For example, his friend was Oliver Serrao also from Corpus Christi, Texas our 2004 Division 3 World Champion who lost his life in a tragic house fire in Texas. They called him “Ollie” and the K*bot Ollie Awards honored his name. This outstanding young student was loved by many who knew him. To receive an “Ollie” was something special because it was voted on by every K*bot student who had a passion for K*bots from around the world. Ollie lost his life trying to save his parents who also perished in the fire. Edy anounced to the several media outlets from South Texas at the Corpus Christi K*bot Championships that he was going to win the 2005 Division 3 K*bot World Championships in Las Vegas for his close friend Ollie and give the trophy to Ollie's grandfather. The only problem was that Edy was not even ranked in the top 10 in the world in Division 3 and by Las Vegas odds he was a long-shot at best. Edy Valdes went on to defeat every top ranked K*bot to become the 2005 K*bot World Champion. Edy became a level one K*bot instructor at the K*bot World Championships and has now completed his degree in mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Even though Edy Valdes only won three K*bot World Championships, he is part of the legendary Mount Rushmore of K*bot Champions the greatest of all-time along with Brendan Mulcahy and Harrison Stanton.
“Project X” This was the first Division M superstar K*bot to become a UK Champion. Division M was invented in 2001 in England by a group of dedicated young students named Toby Wheeler, Dave Weston, and Chris Bowdon. Toby Wheeler created this well built K*bot launching machine to become the first Division M K*bot star in the UK. Toby Wheeler (now Toby Owen) has graduated from college in England and was a teacher and also was the operations coordinator for the K*bot World Championships in Las Vegas for several years. Toby played a huge part in developing K*bots in the United States and Europe.

“Wrath” The 2004 and 2005 Division 3 K*bot World Champion. This was the only K*bot at the time in any Division to go undefeated (Regional and World K*bot Championships) in its short two-year history of competition. Oliver and his father and mother were lost in a fire in their home in Corpus Christi, Texas. Our K*bot Awards each year were called the “Ollies” named after Oliver Serrao.
 

“Crosshair" This was the first non-American K*bot to win a K*bot World Championship. Andrew Martin from RAF Base in Brize Norton in England under the guidance of K*bot instructor Toby Wheeler, also from England, shocked the Americans and took the World Championship from the Americans in Division 2 at the 2004 K*bot World Championships in Las Vegas. It was retired as Andrew Martin built Crosshair 2 in 2005 and Crosshair 3 in 2007 to replace the original Crosshair. Crosshair 3, above, came within only one-half of a centimeter of regaining his 2004 Division 2 K*bot World Championship crown from three-time Division 2 World Champion Devyn Bowden with Maneater from Corpus Christi, Texas.

  

“C4” This was the first Division M K*bot to win back-to-back 2005 and 2006 K*bot World Championships. Chace Younger from Palm Springs, California competed in the first K*bot World Championship in 2002 in Las Vegas. One of his goals was to become a K*bot World Champion and master K*bot builder. He accomplished both of these goals as he became a level one K*bot instructor at the K*bot World Championships. Division M has grown into a prestigious K*bot Division in the world of K*bots thanks in part to this outstanding young man and his passion for Division M.

“Tank” This was the first Division 2 K*bot to win back-to-back K*bot World Championships in 2002 and 2003. Kyle Young, a high school student from Palo Verde High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the first Nevada student to ever challenge the Texas K*bot students who at that time had won 10 K*bot World Championship trophies. When K*bot competitions in Texas ended, the state of Nevada surged ahead in championships won by any state or country in the world. Even though Jonathan Ling from Hoggard Magnet School introduced gear reduction into the world of K*bots in 2002, Kyle perfected it enough to win the first two Division 2 K*bot World Championship titles.

 

“Man Eater” This was the first and only K*bot ever to win three K*bot World Championships in a row (2005, 2006, 2007). Devyn Bowden from Corpus Christi, Texas (home of ten K*bot World Championships, more than any other city except Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada.

                    

“Check M8” This was the most feared Division M K*bot in history and the only Division M K*bot ever to win three K*bot World Championships (2007, 2010, 2011). Harrison Stanton from Henderson, Nevada a four-time K*bot World Champion was a master at launching K*bots out of the arena 100% of the time in the two-year run for Check M8.

  

“Black Out” This Division 1 K*bot built by Dominic Holowell from Stoneham, MA a two-time K*bot World Champion won the 2008 K*bot World Championships defeating "Wheels of Steel" the UK champion Sam Steel from Cheltenham, England. "Black Out", getting its name from the unique color scheme, bulldozed the competition using its solid front and heavy gearbox design.

        

Arguably the greatest K*bot competitor of all-time is as of September 2016 inducted into the K*bot Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. His name is Brendan Mulcahy from Las Vegas, Nevada with seven K*bot World Championships. The only person ever to win K*bot World Championships in all four Divisions, tied for three K*bot World Championships in one K*bot division, and is all alone when it comes to his nine times in a K*bot World Finals Match. One way to sum up his 8 year career in K*bots is that when he competed from 2006-2013, twenty-eight K*bot World Championships were decided and Brendan participated in approximately one out of every three final matches. (WOW)

                                                         

Brendan's nemesis Harrison Stanton, a three-time Division M World Champion, was also one of his best friends and Brendan was reminded by the master of Division M Harrison in 2011 that Brendan who shirts? would not sell in 2011.

Division 1 K*bot World Champion - 2009 Brendan Mulcahy  K*bot Name   Pipsqueak  Las Vegas, NV

Division 1 K*bot World Champion - 2011 Brendan Mulcahy  K*bot Name     TBC     Las Vegas, NV

Division 2 K*bot World Champion - 2009 Brendan Mulcahy  K*bot Name     Mohawk  Las Vegas, NV 

Division 3 K*bot World Champion - 2010 Brendan Mulcahy  K*bot Name     Mohawk  Las Vegas, NV

Division 3 K*bot World Champion - 2011 Brendan Mulcahy  K*bot Name     Gladiator Las Vegas, NV

Division 3 K*bot World Champion - 2013 Brendan Mulcahy  K*bot Name     Gladiator Las Vegas, NV

Division M K*bot World Champion - 2012 Brendan Mulcahy  K*bot Name  Smile as you Kill Las Vegas, NV

                       

One of the most intense Division M matches ever for Brendan was with his younger brother Riley (photos above) who in this match had Brendan defeated by points in the last 15 seconds of the match and was going all out for a win wanted to launch his brother's K*bot over the plexiglas wall in spectacular fashion. However, with Riley's adrenalin working at 100% for the K*bot kill Riley accidentally launched his own K*bot over the wall to lose the match. Brendan Mulcahy was simply the Michael Jordan of K*bots with his commitment to excellence, outstanding work ethic, and high character and compassion for others that most K*bot competitors respected

 

"Dave Weston" from England was inducted in September 2016 into the K*bot Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The only way to describe big Dave is that he reminded us in America of a person called John Wayne of the wild west in the movies. Dave Weston was the most beloved K*bot World Championship instructor in history. How do we know that? It is simple just play the video for each year when Dave is introduced and listen to the roar of the many students who loved him as a person and a great K*bot instructor. How do we sum up Dave Weston - Likable - Kind - Fair but demanding of excellence from his students - High integrity - Loyalty - and a commitment to a cause.

                  

"Jarod Klingonsmith" from Las Vegas, Nevada was inducted in September 2016 into the K*bot Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. The only way to describe Jarod is that he was quiet, very intelligent, and motivated to become the best in the world at building K*bots. Jarod won three K*bot World Championships throughout his career specializing in Division 2. He won Division 2 K*bot World Championships in 2011 and 2012, and added a Division 3 K*bot World Championship in 2012. Jarod also shared his knowledge with other students and was respected by other competitors. Then finally the last two very special inductees ever to be inducted into our K*bot Hall of Fame are Anastasia Partridge from England and Ilana Rahaman from the United States. For the first time ever two female pioneer K*bot super stars were inducted into the K*bot Hall Of Fame.

"Anastasia Partridge" from Alvescote, England was inducted in September 2018 into the K*bot Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. At just 8 years old, Ana competed in Britain’s first K*bots event in April 2004. She built a Division 3 multi-directional drive K*bot named Kitty and won the Alvescote K*bot event, marking her as the one to watch. She continued to build K*bots until great things were expected of her in 2008 when K*bots in the UK were booming in the UK . Toby Wheeler and Dave Weston had to pick only two students to represent the UK at the 2008 K*bot World Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Ana wasn't chosen. However Destiny, her K*bot Division 1 K*bot was taken to the 2008 K*bot World Championships in Las Vegas under the care of Andrew Martin.  Ana’s K*bot made it to the quarter-finals.

By 2010, with Ana 14 years old, it was becoming clear that she would not be part of K*bots for much longer. Her building ability and level of understanding were at their peak, and so it was decided that her K*bots would undertake one final challenge before being retired after an incredible seven years of service. Destiny was sent to the 2010 K*bot World Championships, as were two of Ana’s other creations. Ana Partridge has been a part of K*bots in the UK since K*bots in the UK first began. With her Division 1 K*bot World Championship victory in Las Vegas, and subsequent retirement from competition, 2010 marked the end of an era. Destiny has won its place in the record books, and Ana’s name has entered the archives of K*bot history on the international stage as the first girl to win a K*bot World Championship and fulfilling her "Destiny". It should be noted that Ana' s K*bot was operated by Ilana Rahaman from Las Vegas, Nevada because Ana was unable to attend when it won in 2010.  

And now the last person to ever be inducted into the K*bot Hall of Fame*********************************************************

Ilana Rahaman from Las Vegas, Nevada was inducted on September 2018 into the K*bot Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Iliana was just 7 years old when she started her first K*bot event in 2007 at the Las Vegas K*bot Regional Championships. This regional K*bot competition allowed Ilana to start learning how to build K*bots and then only one week later she Competed at the 2007 K*bot World Championships. She built a Division 2 K*bot at the 2007 K*bot World Championships competition with 40 Division 2 competitors from several states around the United States and several other countries. Ilana shocked several K*bot veterans when she made it to the quarterfinals of the 2007 K*bot World Championships.   She also made it to the 2008 quarterfinals of the 2008 K*bot World Championships in Division 2. In only her second year Ilana was ranked # 6 in the world in Division 2. In 2009 Ilana made it to Semi-Finals at the 2009 and 2013 K*bot World Championships in Division 2 and was ranked #3 in the world. Over the next several years her building skills in Division 2 rivaled the superstars of K*ots and was one of the favorites to win it all each year in 2012-2013-2014 in Division 2 at the K*bot World Championships. In her last year of K*bot competition in 2014 she was the favorite to win it all as she took out one after another of the top world ranked Division 2 K*bots And for the second time in the Division 2 K*bot World Championships Ilana found herself in the final match at the K*bot Division 2 World Championships. Ilana was to face Emma Olmstead an unranked first year student competitor who did extremely well at the 2014 Henderson K*bot Regional Championships. It was the only time in the history of the K*bot World Championships that two female competitors were to meet in the finals. This was the feature match of the 2014 K*bot World Championships and it seemed that Ilana was about to close her 8 year career with a Division 2 K*bot World Championship, since she was regarded as the overwhelming favorite. However, a stunning upset was to unfold as Emma's Kbot did the unthinkable as it started to push Ilana's Division 2 K*bot backwards. All of the veteran K*bot students and instructors in the room never expected this to happen unless something broke on her K*bot. Emma was the only American female to ever win a K*bot World Championship and the second female to ever win a K*bot World Championship.

Ilana Rahaman will be known as the only female to be ranked in the top ten in any Division in the world for her entire 8 year career . The only other female superstar to ever be close to matching Ilana Rahaman's success was  Anastasia Partridge from Alvescote, England, who won a Division 2 K*bot World Championship. Ilana, who always was taking on the best top 10 K*bots in the world since she never missed a K*bot World Championship in her 8 years with K*bots, was one of the most likable and kind competitors in the history of K*bots. She was quiet, very intelligent, a mentor for other students, and extremely motivated to become one of the best builders in the world with K'NEX parts in all four Divisions of K*bots over that 8 year period . Ilana was highly respected by the other K*bot World Championship competitors and is now in the K*bot Hall of Fame.     


                                                            
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