Welcome back Buggy fans! It’s that time of the year again! The leaves are falling, temperatures are dropping, and students are suffering through the first round of exams. We all know what that means: time for Buggy! This past weekend our beloved tradition got started on the right wheel with clear skies and tolerable temperatures. 8 teams were out rolling their buggies tallying up 49 rolls between Saturday and Sunday, although SigNu and AEPi are expected to be joining the roll order soon.
|CIA||Orca, Icarus, Impulse, Equinox, Tempest||Orca, Emperor, Equinox, Tempest|
|Fringe||Boson, Blueshift, Bissa, Bolt||Boson, Blueshift, Bissa, Bolt|
|SDC||Inferno, Malice||Inferno, Malice, Avarice|
|Spirit||Inviscid, Zuke, King Pin, Seraph||Inviscid, Zuke, King Pin, Seraph|
Saturday was a fairly uneventful with just a few noteworthy items. Tom Wood, our resident buggy historian and attendee to most weekends of Rolls, was conspicuously absent. In his place was a small flock of Canadian geese. Given their temperament, we’re anxiously awaiting Tom’s return. Rolls started on time (7:05am) with 8 brave new drivers across all the teams working their way around Flagstaff. Newbies remained bagged throughout the day and some of the veteran ditching their mini parachutes after the first roll. We also saw the return of terminator robotic buggies, although they were being carefully guided around the course with a human handler. Along the lines of robot overloads, a UAV was spotted over the course, but apparently did not record anything due to technical issues. Providing us with a beautiful opportunity for puns, the Safety Chair is using a VW Beetle as a safety car – a Safety Buggy if you will.
Spirit and CIA were feeling the need for speed. Whenever Spirit was called clear to roll they essentially powered through a complete Hill 1. And by the third roll through, CIA was sending veteran drivers in the Freeroll with full pushoffs. Hill 3 pushers were burned in a hilarious fashion.
Spirit provided the most teeth-clenching excitement for the day when two of their drivers made beautifully controlled stops during the same roll. Apparently the driver’s scarf shifted into her eyes causing her to pull towards the monument just after the transition flag and come to a stop. The following buggy was thrown a stop flag and the driver slowed to a gentle stop along the curb. Really, it wasn’t that exciting, but like we said, it was a pretty uneventful day.
CIA and SigEp are duking it out for the “Loudest Buggy” superlative. Kraken came to a complete stop in the chute while making a loud rattling noise which may have been due to a loose hatch or just being Kraken. Impulse and Icarus were just louder than normal. Even buggies have a hard time waking up.
It seemed that the barricaders were having a hard time keeping awake during rolls. The Chute barricader kept falling asleep allowing cyclists, longboarders, and runners through to the course. The person also wasn’t reacting to cars trying to get into Phipps. Maybe next week EMS can set up caffeine IV drips for all the barricaders…
Sunday was a little more eventful in an unfortunate sort of way. Surprisingly, SDC provided most of the excitement. During the team’s first roll, Vice got a little lost and took a left at Panther. The driver didn’t hit the brakes until the follow car pulled up along the buggy. In the same roll, Avarice turned a little to shallow at the Chute and had to brake to a stop before hitting the barricade. For Act II, Vice lost an axle during their second roll. And for the grand finale, later in the day, Avarice seemed to have lost control while making a Chute turn and headed into the outer bales. The hatch popped loose and “crunched on impact”. The driver is doing well. Hopefully next Rolls go a little easier for the team.
PiKA and Apex both spun in the Chute. While Pike’s appeared to be a routine spin, Apex’s likely resulted from hitting the grate, losing the hatch, and a hard brake. The driver controlled the spin without contact and was allowed to finish the roll.
One of the Spirit buggies was making unsettling sounds through the chute, possibly due to loose wheel covers or bad bearings. Inviscid got our hearts pounding with a severe fishtail through the Chute during one roll, but the driver was able to correct her buggy and exit the Chute without issue. During a different roll, the Hill 4 Spirit pusher had to do a surprise 4-5 double and kept their frustration in check by calling a pushoff to himself.
With all the stops and spins, the CIA chair suggested that the chair of whatever organization is responsible for stopping rolls must hold a plank for the duration of the stop. The idea was rejected as that would probably further prolong the delay.
Robobuggy and Atlas were seen walking around the course. Atlas is still in the process of fixing up Quasar, an old CIA buggy. Until then Atlas is using a re-jiggered jogging stroller as a test bed.
After repeated requests, we will now start including cumulative roll counts for each buggy/driver combo. An asterisk in the following table indicates a new driver:
|Team||Buggy||Driver||Rolls To Date|
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