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Legendary Pushers

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McCue
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby McCue » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:02 pm

Last edited by McCue on Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:03 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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McCue
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby McCue » Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:02 pm

Also Tommy, you can stop hitting on Stratis. I think he's married.

lchomas
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby lchomas » Thu Apr 22, 2010 8:50 pm

Ryan also was part of a very fast team that set the KDR house Men's A record in 2000 with Penthus. Penthus isn't as heavy as McCue thinks, but it wasn't light. In some thread today, people were talking about bump and run pushing. For Ungaretti, this was unnecessary. He was tall enough and fast enough to hold the push bar at his hip and outrun almost everyone on the hill.

Nate Waterson, Dave "Sully" Sullivan, and Nik also deserve mention from KDR.

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TommyK
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby TommyK » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:04 pm


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Elmo Zoneball
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Organization: SAE
Graduation Year: 1979
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby Elmo Zoneball » Thu Apr 22, 2010 9:34 pm

One of the fastest guys of his era:

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Dave "King Kong" Messersmith '74-'77 from SAE (pushing "Intrepid" in white, 1974 prelims.)

There were a couple of people from other teams who could beat him on hill #1. He was a rare combination of brute strength and incredible top speed. No pusher on SAE's push team could beat him on any hill in push practice, with one exception. He was beat ONCE in practice on Hill#3, and only when it was the bike, not a buggy, and when HE did the push off to the pusher pushing hill#3. His combination of speed and upper body strength, acting on the lightweight bike, resulted in a push-off on the bike going into Hill#3 practice that was so fast, the pusher basically sprinted as fast as he could chasing the bike, touching it no more than three times between the Scaife Hall driveway and the exchange zone.

Without "Kong's" push-off setting up the competing pusher, nobody on the team could have beaten him; an amazing athlete, and pretty damned good scholar (Chem E.)
"I love the smell of solvents in the morning -- they smell like... victory."

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Stratis
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby Stratis » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:52 pm


nbonaddio
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby nbonaddio » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:48 pm


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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby nbonaddio » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:54 pm


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Carl Nott
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby Carl Nott » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:42 am

Image

In 1987 Spirit won with a 2:11.35. This was the A buggy.

rwalsh
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Re: Legendary Pushers

Postby rwalsh » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:01 am

basil for pka def. helped them win multiple years in a row...


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