TL;DR: Sweeps and teams are killing it, 12 driver/buggy combos already at max carryover! The rest of Pittsburgh (humans and wildlife), however, seems to have forgotten about buggy, as was clear by the multiple pedestrian/biker/deer incidents this weekend.
|Org||Saturday (9/17)||Sunday (9/18)|
|Apex||Molotov, Phoenix, Firefly, Solaris||Molotov, Phoenix, Firefly|
|CIA||Roadrunner, Tempest, Kingfisher, Equinox||Roadrunner, Emperor, Kingfisher|
|Fringe||Burnout, Blind Faith||Burnout, Blind Faith|
|PiKA||Banshee, Raptor||Banshee, Raptor|
|SDC||Inferno||Avarice, Inferno, Bane|
|Spirit||Inviscid, Kingpin, Seraph||Kingpin, Seraph|
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Apex: Apex had a smooth second day of rolls, but Saturday was definitely a lot more interesting. They had a huge group out to help (20+ people), and lots of enthusiasm! One of their new drivers in Pheonix already hit max carryover for fall rolls. However, on their second roll on Saturday, a car came up the hill from chute barricade. Solaris (the lead buggy) had been released from top of hill already, but the other buggies were held at the top of the hill. The car quickly exited at panther hollow and Maggie, and thanks to swift reactions from sweeps and radio club, the Solaris driver never even saw the car. On their fifth roll of the day, Solaris and Maggie came to a controlled stop after the stop flag due to a stop for the previous team later in the course. Thankfully no noteworthy incidents for Apex on Sunday.
CIA: CIA came in strong on Saturday, rolling up to four buggies at a time. The team was involved in two stops on Saturday. First was with Equinox, when the driver came to a controlled stop near the transition flag. Somehow, this buggy was passed by the safety car, but the driver seemed to be okay and safe. On their fourth roll of the day, Tempest came to a controlled stop in the chute due to a goggle issue. CIA was back on Sunday with only three buggies, but seemed to have a pretty smooth day.
Fringe: Fringe is taking it slow this year, bringing out only two buggies (and a small group) for both days of rolls this weekend. They had a pretty smooth weekend, other than one accidental pass on their second roll of the weekend.
PiKA: The safety chair was very on top of PiKA on Saturday, many spot safeties, and stopping them for a missing hatch attachment on at least one occasion. They had a pretty smooth day, with only two drivers out (both of which hit max carryover this weekend). On Sunday, one flagger threw a stop flag on the course during one of their rolls due to some geese on the road. Driver stopped successfully, and then finished the roll.
SDC: SDC had a smooth Saturday, but a couple of issues on Sunday. During one of their first rolls that day, the Avarice driver failed to turn into the chute, and hit one of the bridge barricades. The driver was checked out by EMS, and totally okay. Much later in the day, during it’s first roll, Bane stopped near the Panther Hollow bridge due to excessive vibration. The driver was fine, but chose not to continue rolling for the day.
SigEp: SigEp had a large group of people out on Saturday with just one buggy. Barracuda has a large carbon patch on one side, and rumor has it that they are working on a new buggy!
Spirit: Spirit had a super smooth weekend with 3 buggies out on Saturday, and 2 on Sunday. After this weekend, 3 out of their 5 caped drivers are already at max carryover for fall rolls.
A shoutout and thank you to everyone involved in the buggy networking event last week! Special thanks to Diya, Sydney, Linna, Bethany, Connor, all of our presenters, and of course Sweepstakes!
The BAA Endowment fund is now taking applications. See here for more information: https://cmubuggy.org/news/reference/baa-endowment-fund/
Homecoming will be October 28-29! We could definitely use some volunteers helping with setup, at the BAA table, and during our breakfast Saturday morning. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to get involved!
A super special thanks to the following people for their help:
Sweeps + BAA