This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series takes a look at the early 1950s. The rise of Soapbox Derby-style racers with derby wheels took DTD to a fivepeat before the 3rd greatest winning streak of all time got underway, but only by a whisker. Plus, Buggy initiates an entry fee, allows multiple buggies for the first time, and adds brakes!
Tired of hearing me blabber on in every rolls report? Want to know just how fast your favorite teams are actually going?
Then do I have a rolls report for you!
This past Sunday was Mini Raceday! Luckily the course was dry and ready to go after Saturday’s practice had been rained out. With a few minor exceptions, this year’s Mini Raceday ran quite smoothly with teams getting up to 5 rolls. The only incidents to note were a delay to the start of roll (a barricader was missing) and one stop during CIA’s roll (Tempest came to a controlled stop after their driver reported visibility issues and Aurora’s driver came to a controlled stop after seeing the stop flag that followed). We did have a few stubborn leaves that got in the way after rolls had begun, so a sweeping break was implemented after the first couple rolls.
Note: These are very very rough times and we were missing data from Hill 2, so we were unable to collect a cumulative course time.
Rumor of the week:
Biologists still have much to learn about the majestic creature that is the buggy. Here we see a buggy in its natural habitat during its molting season. This rare phenomenon has never been caught on film until today. It would appear the buggy (a close relative of the hermit crab) is attempting to explore its environment in search of a new home. What a majestic and truly beautiful sight. Isn’t nature just amazing?
Rolls are called off for this upcoming weekend, but we’ll keep you posted on the following week. Until next time!
Hello buggy-goers, I hope you had a fun and spooky Halloweekend like our students did. CIA gave us a taste for buggy identity theft, but this weekend’s practice was a real head-scratcher. Teams went all out, with all sorts of wacky costumes for their pushers/mechanics and for their buggies. If you missed out I’ve included some of my favorites here, and as usual there’s the link to the BAA’s gallery as well.
This weekend we had a couple of delays (which I’ll get into later), but teams were still able to get up to three and six rolls each day.
Saturday rolls were running on time despite the Sweepstakes Chairman’s mysterious absence, though she eventually did show up after a few rolls. It seems she may have been “studying” too hard the night before. Maybe she was just prepping the rest of Sweepstakes for her absence the following day (for an out of town trip). Either way, we hope she’ll grace us with her presence at Mini Raceday.
AEPi had a day of firsts. They managed to get their first roll around the course! Congrats, AEPi! Unfortunately they also had their first accident when Kamikaze hopped onto the curb by the Westinghouse memorial. The driver was extracted and rolls held until the driver was evaluated by EMS. She was cleared and rolls resumed.
Apex brought out all sorts of wacky costumes for their pushers and their buggies. I’m pretty sure I saw the Green Goblin and a T-Rex pushing their buggies. Solaris grew wings in a nod to Icafly, Phoenix was mysteriously missing, although there did seem to be a chicken buggy on the course, and Firefly’s alter ego, Superfly, was out to save the day.
CIA did not disappoint with their latest buggy costume. They had teased the a preview of the costume on their Instagram story, and I’m quite happy that I guessed it right. So without further ado, Emperaph!
DG was out for the second time this semester in Brazen. They got a few rolls in by coupling with SigEp in the roll order. Unfortunately, they missed out on the last roll of the day when an automobile related incident (discussed later) brought things to a halt.
Fringe took two-faced to a whole new level this weekend. If Fringe’s roll counts for the week look wrong, you’ll understand how they got so mixed up after looking at these pictures. Fringe was also quick to capitalize on the Port Authority mishap with the sinkhole (as seen by Blueshift’s design).
PiKA was keeping the mood up with some club music and was rolling fast as usual. Banshee was out with a stylish new reflective windshield, confusing a couple alum who thought Malice had returned to the course. It also looks like Pike flaggers found a way to kill some time in between rolls with a cornhole set up outside Phipps.
SDC was back with the costumed buggies as well! Vanity was a brightly colored sea monster tentacle and Bane was sporting some sinister looking horns and a tail. Bane had a spin in the chute on Sunday, but was quickly moved off the road for extraction and Vanity was cleared to be pushed up for the remainder once the safety vehicles were out of the way.
SigEp was only out on Saturday rolling with DG in the roll order. They got a couple rolls in before their Hydra driver had a close call by the monument with the car incident.
Spirit seemed pretty flattered to have a fan and their Seraph driver was happy to pose for this adorable picture.
Saturday came to an end at 8:40 after a more serious incident involving a car driving onto the course from the Schenley Bridge. During SigEp/DG’s roll, an Uber driver dropping off a passenger at Phipps Conservatory drove around the chute barricade and up towards the entrance. The Hydra driver turned to the right of the monument and came to a stop upon seeing the car, and the DG driver stopped up at by the transition flag. It was a close call, and EMS was quick on their feet to hop in their emergency vehicle and pull over the confused Uber driver. Pittsburgh police was called to talk with the driver, but from what I understand they were not ticketed.
Sunday saw a lot more traffic of the non-buggy variety. Two cars drove through the Scaife Hall entrance during Apex’s roll towards the chute. Radio Club quickly got them off the course and alerted Sweepstakes, who were able to pass down the information to the flaggers who were able to stop both buggies at the transition flag. The Safety Chair was also conveniently in the Apex follow car trying to warm up, so the rolls were back on track in no time. Later in between rolls, a driver supposedly working for CMU at Skibo Gym drove onto the sidewalk and around the Panther Hollow barricade, up to the top of the hill. They were welcomed by some angry Radio Club, Sweepstakes, and PiKA members. The driver did not seem to understand the severity of their actions and went on to park on the cobblestones at the top of the hill.
While no serious harm came of the car related incidents, Sweepstakes was quick to work on resolving the issues holding meetings and discussions on possible solutions including buying additional barricades and redistributing chores to make sure the Scaife Hall entrance is monitored now that the ANSYS construction has been completed and the road reopened.
This weekend may have looked a little too much like a Fast & Furious movie with all the cars, but everybody’s taking the matter very seriously. Saturday rolls have been be cancelled for inclement weather, but Sunday will be Mini Raceday! It should be an exciting day, so make it out if you can. We’ll be timing and have some fast times to report next week.
Rumor of the week:
Good vs. Evil. The never ending struggle between the light and darkness. A war as old as time itself.
Rumor has it Apex accidentally mixed the wrong proportions of epoxy and created a toxic slime that turned their buggy into Superfly. Meanwhile, SDC, determined to maintain their winning streak, made a deal with the Devil. This led to the speed demon known only as BeezleBane.
We seem to have found ourselves caught in the middle of a fierce standoff between two buggies on opposing sides. Who shall prevail?!
Stay tuned for the next rolls report and any buggy related updates!
The war is over, and we won! This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series brings back Fraternities, Spring Carnival, and most importantly, Buggy! The post-war era brought a whole new style of buggy, but also brought with it some controversies. It also saw the entry of multiple non-Greek organizations for the first time! (As a reminder, the Men’s Dorms were permitted to enter in 1928, though it’s unclear if they actually did).
This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series battles the Axis Powers as we head into the World War II years. But before we get there, we learn a little about the culmination of KapSig’s reign of dominance, the problems with wheels, and the dangers of cars on the buggy course. Plus, we’ve got plenty of information about Fall Carnival in 1942, and the unofficial Buggy substitute, the Jalopy Race.
Welcome to the special Frankensweepstakes Edition Rolls Report! I got to wear two hats: Rolls Reporting Officer and Safety Chairman. Since Jake and Tishya were out of town this weekend, Sophia (Buggy 100 Chair) and I filled in for the rest of Sweepstakes. It felt good to be back in the seat and I felt oddly nostalgic giving out accident reports again. This Homecoming Weekend saw a great alumni turnout and a (mostly) incident free day of practice, where teams got up to 5 rolls in.
It also seemed that I missed the Sweepstakes memo on matching socks… (thanks a lot Sophia and Diya).
Tishya if you’re reading this, stop highlighting as you read. It’s weird.
Apex met its match this weekend. Literally. Here’s a picture of Firefly and its doppelganger, Ficarus. Really, the only way to tell the teams apart is by which is missing a rear hatch.
CIA was back at it with the buggy costume antics. Icarus pulled off an amazing Firefly costume that arguably puts the original to shame. And coming from a mechanic who built Firefly, that’s saying a lot. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with this weekend!
Fringe brought Bumper back out this weekend to clear up any confusion about Bempest. Poor Sophia… as if learning all the buggies wasn’t hard enough, now they all look the same!
PiKA was out, with its trio of buggies making the rounds. Here’s a picture of the brothers kickin’ back with their buggies in the bed of a pickup truck after rolls. *cue country music*
SDC was out with its squad of vuggies (Vice, Vanity, Avarice). Vice’s front hatch came loose, leading to a controlled stop just past the Westinghouse monument. The driver was quickly cleared and extracted off the road during the next team’s roll. Vice’s hatch was then secured, and the buggy was back on the course in the next cycle–much to the relief of former SDC mechanic and current BAA President, Michael Darcy.
SigEp got three rolls in, despite Barracuda’s objections. The buggy was in a bad mood after failing its first attempt at drops and retaliated later in the day by ditching a rear hatch.
Spirit received the second accident report of the day when Inviscid took a wide line, brushing some hay bales in the chute, but was cleared and pushed up the backhills. In other news, my correspondent in the chute tells me Spirit was moving FAST.
Gesling goers may have noticed the enormous inflatable buggy at the Homecoming game. Impulse also made an appearance at the booth, giving attendees a chance to squeeze in and see what being a driver feels like. In addition to the fun and food, the booth was giving out the most adorable drawback-and-go buggy toys. I was heartbroken when I heard I missed my chance to get one, however, I heard the last one went to Tom Wood. And if anyone deserves one more than me, it’s Tom Wood.
Rumor of the week:
The sport of Buggy has evolved greatly over the last century. We’ve seen buggies that look like shopping carts, bicycles, and even fish. In the past decade, we’ve seen autonomous buggies rolling around the course. What could possibly be the next stage of buggy evolution?
While most thought the inflatable buggy was a just a promotional piece, many have speculated that this was the first prototype of a new buggy division:
The Air Buggy.
The BAA is currently running tests with the buggy blimps, hoping to take to the skies at the 100th year anniversary. Now, drivers will have to face off against birds instead of squirrels.
Stay tuned for the next rolls report and any buggy related updates!
If you’re seeing double, don’t worry, you’re not alone! CIA’s Bumper-inspired “Bempest” was turning heads all weekend. CIA got into the Halloween spirit early this year with a whole squad of costumed buggies. Pittsburgh was also in the Halloween spirit, casting a gloomy fog accompanied by an ominous murder of crows flying above the course.
Before we dive into the late 1930s, a quick explanation. Until now, we’ve been relying primarily on first-hand reporting (articles from the same year, or at worst the following year) to give a picture of the year in Buggy. For these primary sources, we’ve treated the articles as fact (unless, as noted in the Intro, there’s a reason to question it). Occasionally we have provided information from second-hand sources (such as articles from later years of the Tartan that look back from a historical perspective), as they add additional color, but they are also more unreliable, and thus we have called out the times we’ve provided information from those sources and our concerns (for example, in last week’s article, we noted that there is a conflict with respect to the material making up Beta’s 1932 buggy frame).
For the late 1930s, however, the Tartan digital archives are missing (1936-1939 are unavailable), and there are few non-Tartan sources for those years, so we are more heavily relying on those second-hand sources. So in this week’s article, we will tell you what limited information we know, which comes from first-hand sources, and then we will provide some additional color from the second-hand sources along with how accurate we believe that information to be. So without further ado, let’s dive into the 1930s, when it was a KapSig world and the rest of CMU was just living in it.
This week, 100 Years of Buggy History dives into the early-mid 1930s. This period was dominated by Beta (and there’s plenty of Beta photos), but we’ve got incidents, DQs, and even sabotage! And did you know that Pitt had buggy races as well?
Welcome back for another exciting Rolls Report installment. This weekend we saw the debut of a new team and the return of an old so our buggy family is growing bigger and bigger! Sweepstakes was a bit of an odd tri-generational mish mash with Jake missing and Tishya still broken. Willy Clark (last year’s Assistant Chairman) was a real hero and stepped up to fill in for Jake. And I gave Tishya a HAND (badum tss) with her Safety Chairing duties. There was of course the addition of Bingo (Diya’s dog) to this weekend’s Sweepstakes Committee, tagging along in the safety vehicle when things got RUFF (I’m on fire today).