First Off, I never cared for Design Comp. I put all my time and effort into building our buggies because I cared about the race, Not some ppl in a room in the UC.
On to your reason to not enter design, which pretty much are the reason why I never entered our buggies,(Except for Fringe always winning, Which is about the competition and once again, i didnt care.)
Probably the main readon why most orgs that dont enter. There is a reason why ppl put up tents or other barriers out at rolls. They don't want anyone to know what they are doing, or to see inside their buggies.
Quote: "But come on, really? Maybe it takes a post-college perspective, but I’m going to say that there are very few professors or professional engineers who have any interest in spending half their day collecting information about the internals of a buggy so that they can sell it on the black market."
Yeah, but pplin other orgs have nothing better to do that to try and find out what is inside the other buggies. Scoring Sheets have found their way outside of the room and into the hands of the rest of the orgs, and you would be surprised how descriptive some of the judges are about internals and designs on their sheets(But you already know this and have seen the sheeting im talking about).
Subjective contests are worthless, this is a race:
I don't want to repeat what i said earlier.
Also, I feel that design comp is another way for mechaincs to rock their jollies, since most arent athletic enough to push, and are only in the background during the race.
You an't bring up the point about the Heisman, Cy Young, or any other professional sports trophy. People only really care about them because they are another credential on a sports stars resume, which generally turns into a bigger contract/More Money.
Waste Of Time:
Again, Stated Earlier. Some Orgainzation, actually have fun and party during carnival. Have a lot of alumni that come into town and like to 'consume beverages' and hang out with the younger guys who are in their orgs now. I would much rather be at the quarters table than sitting in the gym doing nothing for 3 hours.
The main reason why I never entered design comp, if you can tell already, is I Don't Care.
The only reason for keeping design that I think is valid is Tradition. Ask anyone from SigNu about me, I love tradition. I think the main reason why buggy has is still around is because of tradition.
If you're a top buggy design org, most likely the best advice you are getting is from your old mechanics who still love buggy and are doing something similiar in industry.
Vince is emo