I hear some similar themes being whined about/tossed around, but the really pervasive one is "not enough people involved".
I had some shootin-the-shit with some buddies who never did buggy before. They always said the same thing: "How in the WORLD can you wake up that early?"
Explaining that "it's a labor of love" or "I'm addicted" or "I'm literally and physically addicted to chemicals involved with buggy, most notably grain alcohol" don't seem to help us out that much.
So, this is the cah-razy idea we had. I know this is far-fetched and I'm prepared to be torn apart, but bear with me.
What if we floodlighted the course?
We could run practice friday and saturday nights, like 1am-3am. Course chores could be done early in the night, and more students would be totally siked to come out - that's a time when almost ALL college students are DEFINITELY awake - I could see this even morphing into a spectator event for bored kids on weekend nights.
So, the obvious list of problems:
1.) Safety. lights would have to be industrial quality and reliable, like baseball stadium lights.
2.) Cost. Baseball stadium lights are really, really expensive.
This is where BAA folk with money they can't figure out how to blow on under-performing undergrad teams come in.
3.) Permits. Convincing the city to change our perennial permits would be tough. CMU police would need to be on our side, which might not happen. That apartment building probably wouldn't let us do hills 1 and 2.
Problems I don't think matter:
1.) Weather. 7am vs 1am is almost the same in terms of temp. The coldest part of the night is immediately before sunset, so it's a wash, really.
2.) Quality of light. Drivers are ALWAYS telling me about how the sun is in their eyes. I don't think floodlights are the same quality as sunlight but it eliminates this problem.
Flame away. I'm sure this is a horrible idea but if for some reason it's not I think it could change the perception of buggy to the greater undergrad populace from "Something fanatics do at 4am that i prefer to sleep through" to "Something cool to do on a saturday night"