Rex Garrod

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Rex Garrod (10 September 1943[1] – 8 April 2019) was an inventor and roboteer, notable for building the radio controlled car which starred in Brum and co-presenting The Secret Life of Machines. He also entered several successful robots into the early series of British TV series Robot Wars.[2][3][4][5] Garrod died on 8 April 2019, aged 75, after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.[6]


Brum was a British television series which ran intermittently between 1991 and 2002. It told the story of a small car called Brum, which in reality was a giant remote control car. Garrod is credited with both designing and building Brum.

Team Cassius[edit]

Garrod was Team Leader of Team Cassius, a team of roboteers which entered several robots into Series 1, 2 and 3 of Robot Wars.

In Series 1, Team Cassius entered "Recyclopse", which reached the Grand Final but lost to Roadblock.

In Series 2, Team Cassius entered 5th seeded "Cassius", a wedge-shaped robot armed with a front-pivoted flipper. Cassius was the first competitor in the show's history to "self right" (i.e. to turn itself over when it was upside down), and as such Garrod is often credited with inventing the so-called "srimech". Cassius also reached the Grand Final, but lost to Panic Attack.

In Series 3, Team Cassius entered 2nd seeded "Cassius 2", a similar robot to its predecessor "Cassius", which lost to Series 4 runner-up Pussycat in the 2nd round of the heats.

The Secret Life of Machines[edit]

Rex Garrod co-presented The Secret Life of Machines with Tim Hunkin.


  1. ^ "Rex Garrod: Funeral held for Brum and Robot Wars star". BBC News. BBC. 8 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Sun shines brightly for Mendlesham Street Fayre". Diss Express. England, UK. May 6, 2008. ISSN 1462-4273. OCLC 500147833. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  3. ^ "Inventive youngsters find winning formula". WalesOnline. Cardiff. January 8, 2009. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  4. ^ Fowler, P. J. (1992). The past in contemporary society: then, now. Psychology Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-0-415-07130-7. OCLC 27681858.
  5. ^ Brad, Stone (2003). Gearheads: the turbulent rise of robotic sports. Simon and Schuster. p. 169. ISBN 978-0-7432-2951-7. OCLC 51009163.
  6. ^ Robot Wars legend Rex Garrod dies at 75 after long illness with Alzheimer's

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