It’s Prelims! Here’s your list of Friday events

Good morning Buggy fans, it’s the day we’ve been waiting for! Your handy-dandy event list is below.

Preliminary Races & Lead Truck Rides: 8am-12:30pm

Where: Buggy Course! Tech-Schenley-Frew and online at cmutv.org

The 99th anniversary of the races kicks off at 8am EST! Join us live on the buggy course, or online via https://cmubuggy.org/live

Tag your posts with #buggy99

History Of Buggy: Showcasing Reunion Years: 1:30-3pm

Where: Midway Reunion Tent

Come relive the excitement of Buggy with Buggy Alumni Association archivist and guru Tom Wood (E 1974), featuring Reunion years 1969, 1994, 2009, 2014 and 2018. Vintage buggies on display.

Buggy Recap & In-Person Finals Auction: 7pm-10pm

Where: Hough’s Taproom, 563 Greenfield Ave

Missed your chance to ride in the truck for Prelims? Join the Buggy Alumni Association at Hough’s Taproom for some spirited discussions about the preliminary races and bid in-person for the live Lead Truck Auction! The Pens at Islanders game will also be on if you want a great place to keep up on Playoff Hockey.

3 thoughts on “It’s Prelims! Here’s your list of Friday events”

  • Dear Rachael, the blue truck which is taking video and following around the course, looks great EXCEPT those trucks, when they are following pushers, we need to consider a situation where the pusher or racer trips and falls…can that truck then stop promptly with enough space to not run over the person they are following ? Obviously if everything goes right and the pusher speed stays constant, then the trail truck is ok. But if the pusher trips, then could the truck run over them because it can’t stop in time ? Safety engineer here on the line, total buggy fan. Just asking for safety reasons, please have the right people take a look at this situation.

    Thanks Teresa Lee

    • No, the follow truck would not run over a pusher. The follow truck is there as a safety measure in case something goes wrong for any of the buggies on the course (including pushers), and the sole point of focus for that truck is the trailing buggy (though they do have a radio in the car, so they know if an incident occurs up ahead and where that incident occurred). At any time when the buggies are being pushed, the truck is driving no faster than the slowest buggy is being pushed, and there is ample space between the trailing buggy and the lead truck to give it time to stop.

      The bigger (but very minimal) risk is actually to spectators, as they tend to think that if no buggy is nearby, then can hang out on the roads. But both the lead and follow trucks need to keep enough between them and the buggies for everyone to be safe, which often means that the lead truck is driving at full speed to make sure that there’s no chance a buggy would run into them. So if spectators aren’t paying attention and they’re on the road, they could be in harm’s way. That’s why all spectators are REPEATEDLY remind to stay off the roads.

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