Rolls Report: February 24 – There Must Be Some Buggies in the Atmosphere

With the last weekend before Spring Break, mother nature decided to play a cruel trick on teams. Sunday rolls were cancelled early in the week due to expected temperatures in the low 20s, but teams decided to brave the upper 20s on Saturday to get some practice in. Unfortunately, teams couldn’t get as many trips through the roll order as they probably hoped. Scratches, stops, and snow led to a short, cold day of rolls for 8 racing orgs (and 1 robot).

It was a “proper pushing attire is a winter coat” kind of morning.

FringeBlueshift, Brimstone
RobobuggyShort Circuit
SDCAvarice, Bane, Vice
SigNuBungarus Krait
SpiritInviscid, Kingpin, Mapambazuko, Seraph
Pass Test Needed, 1+ Drivers Qualified

Photos: Saturday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls Report: February 11 – Super Buggy Sunday

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow last week, which can only mean one thing – Buggy is back! While you were preparing to watch the Chiefs battle the 49ers, or Usher’s Halftime Show, or Super Bowl Commercials, or Taylor Swift, buggy organizations were waking up early and ringing in the Spring semester with some Rolls! The plan was for 2 days, but a last-minute rainstorm on Saturday morning caused Rolls to be cancelled.  But things cleared up for Sunday, allowing for 7 organizations to come out and get well on their way to qualification for Raceday 2024.

No shadows and a bunch of flags means that Buggy is back!

ApexFirefly, Scorch, Solaris
CIAEmperor, Kingfisher
FringeBaltic, Blueshift, Burnout
RobobuggyShort Circuit
SigEpHydra, Kraken
SpiritMapambazuko, Seraph

Photos: Sunday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls Report: November 11 & 12 – Homecoming

This weekend was Homecoming at CMU. Alumni who were back on campus got to see the CMU football team take home the 37th annual Academic Bowl, taste the various chilis at the 20th Annual CMU Chili Cook-Off, and attend the official grand opening of the new Scaife Hall. But most importantly, they were able to fill up on donuts and coffee courtesy of the BAA at Rolls! It was a full weekend of Rolls, with 7 orgs out each day and a lot of time to roll, leading to over 120 individual rolls across the 9 total organizations. It wasn’t without hiccups though, as the near-freezing temperatures saw a couple of buggy parts littering the course and one – well, two – very close calls with a bicyclist.

The one buggy we could ALL probably fit (well, other than Limo)

ApexMolotov, Scorch——
CIAEmperor, Equinox, RoadrunnerEquinox, Roadrunner
FringeBaltic, Brimstone, BurnoutBlueshift
PiKABanshee, RaptorRaptor
SpiritMapambazuko, SeraphMapambazuko, Seraph

Photos: Saturday Gallery (upload) | Sunday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls Report: November 4 & 5 – Mini-Raceday

This week, we set the clocks back and the buggies forward, as Saturday was Mini-Raceday! The shortest day of Rolls of the year saw a lot of excitement, as 8 orgs were out doing full Hill 1s and getting some times. Sunday saw a smaller crowd, as several orgs decided to get the extra hour of sleep instead of more Fall rolls, leading to a Rolls session that actually ended early.

Red sky in the morning, Buggy drivers take warning… that it’s Mini-Raceday!

ApexFirefly, SolarisSolaris
CIAEmperor, Equinox, Kingfisher, RoadrunnerEquinox, Roadrunner
FringeBaltic, Blueshift, Brimstone, BurnoutBurnout
Robobuggy——Short Circuit
SDCVanity, ViceVice
SigEpHydra, Kraken——
SpiritInviscid, Kingpin*, MapambazukoInviscid, Mapambazuko

Photos: Saturday Gallery (upload) | Sunday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls Report: October 28 – Happy Halloween

It was Halloween weekend at the corner of Tech & Frew, which meant a very important thing: Buggy Costumes! Of course, it also meant that there were Halloween parties Saturday night, and as is pretty common, party nights mean tired* students that don’t want to wake up for Rolls at 4am the next day. Because of that, there was no quorum for Sunday rolls, leaving us with just 1 day of Rolls this weekend.

CIAEmperor, Equinox, Roadrunner
FringeBlueshift, Brimstone, Burnout
PiKABanshee, Raptor
SDCAvarice, Vanity
SpiritKingpin, Seraph

Photos: Saturday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls? Report: October 8 – Digging Up The Truth

It’s a short rolls report this week, and it’s not because we didn’t have people out there (though you should still help us out by signing up to take notes/photos). Saturday’s rolls were cancelled early in the week due to a lack of quorum. But Sunday was still on, and with decent weather things were looking up…Until Sweepstakes got to the course. It didn’t take long before they discovered an Excavator parked on the shoulder of Schenley Drive just past Westinghouse Pond. Even worse, it was parked on the Flagstaff side of the road, leaving the construction equipment directly in the line of the drivers. Particularly with some new drivers out at rolls, the placement of the equipment was considered to be far too great a risk to buggies and drivers. Therefore, Sweepstakes was left with no choice but to cancel rolls.

The BAA History Committee will neither confirm nor deny that it is following up on a tip it received on the whereabouts of DU’s King Eider.

A few upcoming reminders to close this report out:

  • There are no Rolls for the next 2 weekends, as we’re coming up on CMU’s Fall Break. But stick around, as we should be back before Halloween (we’ll see if any teams dress up their buggies this year).
  • Next weekend may not have Rolls, but it’s Family Weekend at CMU (why they scheduled Family Weekend during the Fall Break is a good question, but neither the BAA nor Sweepstakes had anything to do with it). If you’re on campus, make sure to check out Tom Wood’s History of Buggy Presentation – Family Edition, at Noon on Saturday, October 14 in Connan Room – CUC.
  • Mini-Raceday is currently scheduled for the weekend of November 4-5, and we’ll need LOTS of help, especially when it comes to timing. If you’re in Pittsburgh or considering going back for that weekend, please let us know.
  • CMU Homecoming is the weekend of November 11-12, and there should be Rolls. If you’ll be back that weekend, make sure to come out and join us!
  • Last but not least, if you’ve submitted a BAA Endowed Fund Grant Proposal, reminder that your feedback responses are due this week!

Rolls Report: September 30 & October 1 – Gimme A Break

Heavy fog rolled in to Pittsburgh this weekend, but even that wasn’t enough to stop CMU students from showing up for both days of rolls. Overall, it was a pretty quiet weekend of rolls, with teams that have been out taking it a bit easier this weekend. But it did include the return to the course for a couple of teams, and one new “organization”?

I’m pretty sure I remember the Cathedral being taller than that

CIAEmperor, EquinoxKingfisher
FringeBaltic, BrimstoneBrimstone, Burnout
PiKABanshee, RaptorBanshee, Raptor
SpiritInviscid, MapambazukoMapambazuko, Seraph

Photos: Saturday Gallery (upload) | Sunday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls Report: September 23 – It’s Like Bane On Your Wedding Day

If rain on your wedding day is a sign of good luck, what does it mean if there’s Buggy on your wedding day? With the Great Race on Sunday, there was only 1 day of Rolls this weekend. But with 6 teams on the course, even some more wildlife and vehicular traffic couldn’t stop rolls for too long and teams got a fair number of clean rolls in.

Brimstone running away from the altar

ApexFirefly, Scorch
CIAEmperor, Kingfisher, Roadrunner
FringeBaltic, Brimstone
PiKABanshee*, Cleona*, Raptor
SpiritInviscid, Kingpin, Seraph

Photos: Saturday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls Report: September 16 & 17 – Happy New Year!

Shana Tova to those who celebrate! This weekend marked the start of not only Year 5784 on the Hebrew calendar, but Year 103 on the Buggy calendar! That’s right – We’re back for the 2023-2024 Buggy Season! And what a weekend it was. It was a mix of new and returning this weekend – new and returning students, new and returning teams, new and returning wildlife, and new and returning road hazards.

Some new wildlife: A wild Shelmet appears!

Some new wildlife: A wild Shelmet appears!

ApexMolotov, Scorch, SolarisFirefly, Solaris
CIAEmperor, Equinox, Kingfisher, RoadrunnerEmperor, Equinox, Roadrunner
FringeBaltic, BrimstoneBurnout
SpiritKingpin, SeraphInviscid, Kingpin, Seraph

Photos: Saturday Gallery (upload) / Sunday Gallery (upload)

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Rolls Are Coming — Local Help Needed!

As we get ready for freerolls to begin, the BAA needs the help of folks local to Pittsburgh. We don’t currently have a rolls reporter, but want to continue to bring updates to the rest of our community. To that end, we’re hoping to get notes and photos/videos from anyone local who can show up to Rolls.

So, if you are local a few things you can do to help:

  • First, join our buggy-watchers mailing list — this will get updates about when rolls are and are not happening.
  • Second, in the #assignteam channel on our Discord, claim the Pittsburgh Local rank by sending a message of “!rank Pittsburgh Local
  • Finally, sign up for days on which you can provide notes and/or photos on this sheet.

We’re hoping to have at least 1 notetaker and 1 photographer out each day that students are rolling. You don’t have to create Rolls Reports themselves or anything extensive — we’ll handle that. We just need your insight into anything interesting that is happening on a given day.