Upcoming Events and New Initiatives #2

Winter Greetings to BAA Members,

In case you didn’t know, we have fewer than 100 days until the 100th year of Buggy! We’re very busy getting things ready. Here’s a quick rundown of the latest happenings and work-in-progress:

New podcast series: Will Weiner, in collaboration with several community members, is launching a podcast interview series on the compelling narratives leading up to Buggy 100. We’ll post on cmubuggy.org as soon as the first episode is available!

Crowdfunding push: In collaboration with CMU Marketing and Communication, we are launching a crowdfunding initiative that you can check out here. We’ll be offering stretch goals and special incentives on top of the usual membership perks, so check back!

Bookstore merchandise: We’re finalizing the designs for Buggy100 bookstore merchandise, to be made available soon. Available items include shot glasses and t-shirts among other things. We’re hoping the bookstore is able to post these items on the website as well as make them available for pre-order and pickup on Raceday itself.


New teams, endowment, membership levels: If you haven’t heard, we’re switching to a new model of membership for Buggy100 in order to encourage the well-planned funding of buggy moving forward. As a part of this, we have started a Buggy Endowed Fund, which will generate regular yields that we can use to support student (and alumni) initiatives to keep buggy going strong. You can read more here: https://cmubuggy.org/news/2019/11/giving-cmu-day-and-new-membership-levels/

History of Buggy: Bryan Arsham’s blockbuster series continues this week with the 1980s. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out this feature series, it is chock full of amazing facts and photos from Sweepstakes of years past. https://cmubuggy.org/news/2020/01/100-years-of-buggy-history-1980-1983/


Database update for website: We’re working on migrating our historical records to a SQL database for easier management and accessibility. If you’re interested in helping or requesting data, let us know!

Exhibition heats: On the topic of piquing your interest, we are looking for people (pusher) interested in Reunion Races to be scheduled during exhibition heats for Buggy100! Don’t miss your chance to participate on the course on the most epic Sweepstakes in history. Sign up here or by emailing us at admin@cmubuggy.org

If you’re interested in volunteering or just chatting, please feel free to email us or message on any of our social media platforms: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram or join us on our Discord chat server . We’ll be back with more news soon!

-Mike Darcy, BAA President

100 Years of Buggy History – 1980-1983

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Before we dig into this week, we want to quickly remind you that the 100th Year of Buggy is coming up as part of Spring Carnival on April 16-18, 2020. We want to make the Buggy Centennial the biggest celebration in Buggy history! But to do that, we’ll need your help. Together with the CMU Alumni Relations Office, we’ve launched a Crowdfunding initiative to help support Buggy100 and make our dreams a reality. So if you can, please help us make Buggy100 the spectacle it deserves to be, and consider giving towards this celebration. Donations not only give you membership to the BAA with all of the benefits included, but you can even get some other special perks available just for the Crowdfunding effort (including locking in your Lead Truck rides now!). Click here to view the Buggy100 Crowdfunding page.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1977-1979

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This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series takes a look at the 1970s. The end of the decade saw some crazy races, and some even crazier buggies. It also includes one of the craziest incidents ever, involving a dog. But it wasn’t all craziness on the course; there was also a showdown between Sweepstakes and Student Senate. And of course, one of the biggest changes in Buggy history – the introduction of Women’s Racing.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1974-1976

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This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series takes a look at the mid-1970s. We’ve got plenty of firsts in the 1974-1976 range. The first Sweepstakes Chairwoman! The first Rolls Reports! And of course, the our first introduction to the mythical being known only as Compubookie. We’ve also got organizations running under new names (SDC, ZBT), C Teams, and all kinds of controversy.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1970-1973

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This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History reaches a turning point with the early 1970s. A tragic event in 1971 nearly ended the sport, but the organizations got together to implement significant changes to the safety rules. We also had some new organizations, a bunch of new buggies, and even new roads! Plus, we have our first official predictions, and Carnival makes a move.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1967-1969

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This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series takes a look at the late 1960s. Carnegie Institute of Technology officially became Carnegie-Mellon University, while Sweepstakes also introduced the first official daytime practice rolls! Meanwhile, on the course PiKA and Beta would continue to duke it out, SAE would make their last stand on bikes, and the races would officially become a campus-wide affair with the introduction of the International Club (a.k.a. Fringe).

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1964-1966

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This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series heads to the mid-1960s, where it’s a threepeat for Beta’s 00! Plus, we’ve got a bunch of new buggies, additional Finals, a number of incidents, controversies, and even some curses, and the introduction of a present-day staple, the Buggy Book!

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1960-1963

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This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series takes a look at the early 1960s. We see the Golden Goose be golden twice more, before, like all empires, the great reign of the ATO Empire falls. Plus, we see the birth of SAE’s 2-wheel bike, a mix of other interesting designs and methods for increasing speed, and the Men’s Dorms make history.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1957-1959

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This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series takes a look at the late 1950s, which sees ATO reach then-record heights before tumbling off their mountain (however briefly). Plus, we’ve got rain dates and our first single Raceday since the shift to the Prelim-Finals structure.

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Giving CMU Day and New Membership Levels

In connection with Buggy100, we are offering special membership options for anyone who wants to support the centennial activities or the future of Sweepstakes.  We are also proud to announce the formation of a Buggy Endowed Fund! The BAA, University Advancement, the Office of Alumni Relations, and others have worked to set up an Endowed Fund specifically to support Sweepstakes in perpetuity, administered jointly by the BAA and CMU. Yields from the Endowed Fund will be awarded by a board of BAA officers, CMU staff, and current Sweepstakes officers each year to support the continued success and growth of Sweepstakes. We’ll dig into the details of how the funds will be distributed and managed in a future post for those interested.

Also, next Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 is #GivingCMUDay! Giving CMU Day is a great opportunity to get your gift matched 1:1 by various university funds. Details on gift matching are at the end of this post.

Without further ado, our new membership offerings!

Limo (Bronze) Membership – $10+

This is the standard membership and is unchanged from the past – You’ll receive the Raceday Preview and other BAA publications, and have access to BAA-only events!

Quantum Leap (Silver) Membership – $100+

At this level, you’ll receive everything at the Limo level, PLUS you’ll receive a limited edition Buggy100 T-Shirt!

Golden Goose (Gold) Membership – $1,000+

At this level, you’ll receive 2 copies of everything at the Quantum Leap level, PLUS you’ll receive LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP to the BAA (Note that donations at this level will contribute to the Buggy Endowed Fund).


Regardless of which Membership Level you donate at, if you donate AT LEAST $50, we will list you (or your designee) in a “Special Thanks” section of cmubuggy.org and in the Raceday Preview.



In case you were looking for a matching opportunity to get a little more out of your gift, #givingcmuday is coming up on December 3rd!

This event will allow 1:1 matching for gifts between $5 and $100 for the following groups (who have not made a gift since June 30th, 2019):

  • CMU Alumni (Undergraduate and Graduate)
  • Parents of CMU students who are neither alumni nor students themselves

Additionally, current students (including part time) who have not made a gift since June 30th, 2019 are eligible for 1:1 matching for gifts from $5 up to $250.

There is a limited amount of funds available for matching so be sure to get in early on the action! Please let us know if you have any questions; we can be reached by email (admin@cmubuggy.org) as well as through Facebook/Twitter/Instagram or join us on our Discord chat server!

For gifts to either the Buggy Alumni Association account or the Buggy Endowed account in excess of $100, the donor will receive a commemorative Buggy 100 t-shirt.  The fair market value of this will be $15 and thus their legal gift credit is $15 less than their total gift amount.

For gifts to either the Buggy Alumni Association account or the Buggy Endowed account in excess of $1000, the donor will receive two commemorative Buggy 100 t-shirts.  The fair market value of this will be $30 and thus their legal gift credit is $30 less than their total gift amount.