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Delta Upsilon broke the record with 2:08.5. We held the fastest time for a few hours, and at the end of two days of races, we proudly held the title "fastest fraternity ever." Two-wheeled buggies were banned after this season.
Very cool buggy. Posed a significant disruption to the buggy establishment. The ban was/is silly. More of a result of the rule writers being threatened by this technology, bad timing of a few flops (that did not result n injury) and the truck fire, Bikes had been around for a long time before this with out issue. Fastest frat and 2nd fastest buggy time stood for many years until PKA broke that in the late 2000s. It was not just the buggy, that push team was motivated and quick.
Also, some of the cause for banning bikes was self inflicted by the aggressive tactics DU used (a little more training wheel would have gone a long way to keep bikes viable) and late changes to the buggies that reduced stability and fueled the haters
I little more unknown history. Not only did the "Buggy Commitee" ban 2 wheelers after the record. The Buggy was stolen from the DU garage the very next week. Never to be found again.
At that time "Beta" Fraternity was our main suspect. We tried to hunt it down - even had a late excursion to the mains suspect family house late at night - since we assumed he would have taken it there .. but no luck. That buggy was stolen by the "higher powers" at the time due to jealousy and fear. (see movie Tucker)
I was the Hill 1 pusher and lead designer of that awesome 2 wheel buggy (that blew by 10 windows FYI :)
Believe the fastest frat time was broken in 1990 with PiKA's Vengeance (2:07 low). However, I wish there was a video of the DU roll up, could only imagine what that would be like.
let's not get carried away. The net result was a DNF second day as the buggy fell over on hill 2
free roll time was slower than SN and Pika