I think Spirit's first year may be more debatable than what was always presented to me by alumni. The party line was 'CMU made Spirit start doing more activities, including buggy, and Bowie put forth this 3-year plan to race, place, and win. First year they got last place men's but the women's team did pretty good so that set the stage for winning women's next year, etc.'. In retrospect I find it hard to believe that Spirit got last place men's with a buggy that (while horrible) was able to do alright with the women's team, and I've heard strange rumors where our men's might have been DQ'ed or something but honestly I never really questioned the happy story. We had an '85 t-shirt and we did have folks on the hills but we may have been DQ'ed or who knows what so maybe did not 'officially' roll in '85.
One of the great things about the buggy alumni association is getting all these stories out there and getting clarification (or not, hehe). I mean, I had never seen a picture of Pegasus (first Spirit buggy) until a few months ago.