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Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

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Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby Elmo Zoneball » Fri Oct 09, 2009 10:15 pm

One quirky area of Sweepstakes history that intrigues me is the numerous examples of really, really bad designs that have come and ignominiously gone, over the years in the history of Sweepstakes. I'm not talking about the marginally bad ideas; I'm talking about hard core "what the f#%* were they thinking" ideas!

It occurs to me that others here may share my morbid fascination for the truly wretched gaffes that are scattered throughout the history of Sweepstakes, and thought we should reserve a single thread dedicated to examples of this genre, for the discussion and amusement of those who share my curiosity for what might be termed the "Ig-Nobels of Sweepstakes."

I'll start the festivities by sharing one of the most startling sights I've ever seen related to Buggy:

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As per the description in the 1965 Buggy book (from which the photo is scanned) those are Solid STEEL wheels with no tire on the rims of the Dorm Council's "A" buggy.

Gee, I wonder where all the energy went.....

;-)

Feel free to join the discussion, and add new examples of Boneheaded Buggy Boondoggles.....
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Re: Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby the cook » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:10 pm

c'mon those steel wheels would have kicked ass if they repaved the track with steel, and took out the turns

perhaps worse were the soap box derby plastic Z-glass wheels, which would actually roll pretty well until they got to the chute, and promptly split in half and the little rubber band tire flew off. The crazy thing is, even after this was proved (repeatedly), Pilam kept using them until the wheels were banned

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Re: Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby Carl Nott » Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:32 pm

Image

Pegasus, on the right, was Spirit's first buggy, and a purchased one at that. The builders (whoever they were, the lineage is kind of complicated), amongst other things, thought that it would be a good idea to paint the cardboard shell with resin in an effort to make it structural*.





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Re: Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby Elmo Zoneball » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:23 pm

"I love the smell of solvents in the morning -- they smell like... victory."

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Re: Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby Elmo Zoneball » Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:35 pm

"I love the smell of solvents in the morning -- they smell like... victory."

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Re: Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby Carl Nott » Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:08 pm

Yeah, the dropping pushbar and painted cardboard can at least be defended in that the theory behind it was sound (yeesh, defending painted cardboard), but actual application of the theory resulted in it being counter-productive. There's an almost endless list of 'well... yeah... that WOULD work for a buggy shell... but... well... you know the wreck at the '55 Le Mans?... think of that plus hay bales...'-sort of things.

Steel wheels though... That would appear to demonstrate an ignorance of certain fundamentals, obviously, and I can't fault people for ignorance. But at some point they were blinded by their enthusiasm.

I do love enthusiasm though, and too often we're paralyzed by a fear of failure and end up not doing anything at all.

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Re: Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby Elmo Zoneball » Sat Oct 10, 2009 6:02 pm

"I love the smell of solvents in the morning -- they smell like... victory."

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Re: Examples of Bad Buggy Ideas in the Annals of Sweepstakes

Postby Elmo Zoneball » Sat Oct 10, 2009 7:32 pm

Another "Buggy Boondoggle" moment:

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Unknown buggy, from the 1976 Buggy Book,
but not of that era.


I'm not sure what is going on with this design, and perhaps its designers had no idea, either.

Perhaps it wasn't a Buggy at all, but a buggy-style gurney for transporting injured buggy drivers to Shadyside Hospital?

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