Congrats to all the teams that made it through the season. Rolls are all over until the spring, so it’s time for you all to finish up that work you’ve been putting off. No not school work, those new buggies that you’ve been planning on building! Stories are already flying around and I for one can’t wait to see what comes out next spring.
Unfortunately, we only had one day this weekend with Sunday getting a huge amount of rain early in the morning. But that’s not to say we were without an exciting day of rolls on Saturday, sadly, by no fault of the teams themselves. We had nearly every team out this weekend as a few of the usual no-shows showed their faces on what was a surprisingly nice morning.
|CIA||Ascension, Orca, Freyja|
|Fringe||Beacon, Bissa, Bedlam, Banyan|
|SDC||Vice, Malice, Avarice, Psychosis, Rage|
|Spirit||Kingpin II, Zuke, Seraph, Fuko|
Observations (Saturday Gallery)
- AEPi – Didn’t make it out, it wasn’t Sunday. We here at BAA HQ have done the research and expect more of the same next semester.
- Apex – The youngest org on the course managed to qualify all 5 of their drivers for the fall, and has even started experimenting with new wheels. That in and of itself is impressive for any team going on three years. What’s more impressive is that they’ve also started their second build and are well on their way to having a second buggy done and rolling for the spring semester with everyone else. Already rolling as fast as some second tier teams, they are only going to improve as we get closer to April.
- CIA – This semester seems to show that CIA might be leveling off from their rapid growth over the last few years. Complaints of being short handed and the inability to roll every buggy every roll is something we haven’t heard or seen from them in a few years, but that’s a hard thing to keep up as any veteran team should know. The struggle has also has been showing in their roll times, and even though it has been cold, the kids of CIA need to figure something out if they want to be as competitive as they were last year.
- Fringe – Fighting it out for the top freerolls this semester, Fringe can still claim the smoothest rolling buggy award in my book. Each buggy has a distnict sound, Each Org has their own similarities, Fringe is quiet. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to snag the fastest roll for a couple weekends, which will likely mean nothing come April, but for now they have some ground to make up if they want to claim the title back.
- PiKA – Now that it’s been a couple years since their move off campus, PiKA seems to be back in the groove a bit with a blazingly fast Banshee who is right up there competing in those top tier times. They were also only one of two orgs doing full Hill One’s on Saturday. That early practice might help them out, but only time will tell. Their next season is a bit of a mystery, but all signs are pointing to this trend continuing and if they are able to pin down what size wheels they want to use, we will have a very exciting raceday.
- SAE – Finally showing their faces again, Lucy and Rubicon made it back to the course this past weekend… for all of 2 rolls. Apparently 2 rolls were all they wanted leaving them with plenty to make up in the spring. Rubicon seemed to be sporting the new convertible style giving the driver a little added air flow. With only a day and a quarter of rolls under their belt for the semester, little is known about their plans for next season. Hopefully we can expect them to make it to Raceday, but right now that’s a question we can’t definitively answer.
- SDC – For the second weekend in a row, they claim the only incident of the weekend as Avarice over corrected in the chute and slid sideways into the bales. The driver was fine and rolls were able to continue with the extraction happening off the course. Despite these small issues, SDC is still the current king of the course in about as many aspects as we can measure. They are the current Champs two years running, this semester they have the most rolls and most of those are the fastest of the season. Some teams may claim to love buggy, but these guys apparently own it. With such a strong fall semester, we can only expect this trend to continue in the spring as they duke it out with Fringe and PiKA for the top Freeroll times.
- SigEp – The new top frat as of last year has laid in wait this semester and hasn’t pushed the limits on anything, at least not on anything we can see. Their times haven’t been where they need to be if they want to compete with last years time, but we know that they like to wait until the last minute to show their hand. This strategy might work well to make you look like you know what you were doing all along, but it also has the highest chance of biting you in the ass if your pushers or driver are not prepared for the sudden increase in speed.
- SigNu – Managing to stick around for their second whole day of rolls, SigNu looks like they’re doing just fine. In fact, if you hadn’t come to any days of rolls beforehand, you would’ve guessed that they’ve been rolling all year like it’s no big deal. This is a good sign going into next season and they might be able to reclaim a little of what they’ve lost from several years ago.
- Spirit – Now that we’ve reached the send of the semester, it seems as though Spirit has conquered their spinning issues for the most part. On top of that, their freeroll times have been incredibly competitive. Even though they haven’t been getting the best rollouts, their strong push team might be able to close the gap and put them in a great place. Maybe this time around they’ll not try and reroll their time on worn out pushers. EDIT: As the only other team to be doing the front hills this semester besides PiKA’s one day stint, they’re starting ahead come next season.
- CARS! – What was far more notable than some probably inconsequential freeroll times, were the three cars that tried to get on the course, two of which succeeded and were stopped in the chute. The first only crashed into the outer barricade breaking it in half right next to the cop who was standing guard. This mild inconvenience became a larger issue; in the time it took the cop to write a ticket for the first car, a second whizzed by and swerved around the inner barricade. The small car was only stopped as several chute dwellers and flaggers ran out and surrounded the car. The driver claimed she was just trying to get through the park. As she got corralled into the phipps driveway, the now very pissed officer raged his way across the bridge and gave her a stern talking to, as well as a VERY pricy ticket. The second car to make it on the course was a white, unmarked van who managed to slip in off hill 6 right behind someone’s follow car. From the chute, this almost seemed planned until it followed the correct rules of the road and split around the monument. Watching the trajectory, if Sweepstakes hadn’t managed to stop them, a collision would have been inevitable which would have been disastrous for the driver. Fortunately, The safety chair was hot on their trail and managed to blare the horn and nearly pin them on the inside of the monument. With all these cars on the course, it’s hard to NOT see why barricaders are SO important and why they need to be awake and attentive.
My phone was having some issues connecting to ustream on Saturday, so instead of a livesteam, we recorded rolls with a flipcam from the chute. I’ll be editing the video and putting it up hopefully before the end of the semester. Unfortunately, the quality is awful and there wasn’t always someone manning the camera, but it still managed to catch the whole day, so the interesting bits will be going up on our youtube when I get around to them.
Thanks to the donations over the years from people like you, the BAA’s new GoPro cameras worked beautifully and we are able to accurately record times from Crosswalk to hill 3. Since there’s a bit of a lack of manpower for the time being, the times for the last couple weekends of rolls will be coming out over the next week or two. The good news is, we now have a good system that is reasonably reliable with 0 drift in times over the course of the morning. It was suggested that we could add a time marking at the stop sign or the finish line, and if we find some extra help, we will definitely look into that (If you think you could help, or know someone that might be willing, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org)