100 Years of Buggy History – 1946-1949

Previous Articles: Intro & 1920; 1921-1923; 1924-1927; 1928-1932; 1933-1935; 1936-1939; 1940-1945

The war is over, and we won! This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series brings back Fraternities, Spring Carnival, and most importantly, Buggy! The post-war era brought a whole new style of buggy, but also brought with it some controversies. It also saw the entry of multiple non-Greek organizations for the first time! (As a reminder, the Men’s Dorms were permitted to enter in 1928, though it’s unclear if they actually did).

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1940-1945

Previous Articles: Intro & 1920; 1921-1923; 1924-1927; 1928-1932; 1933-1935; 1936-1939

This week, the 100 Years of Buggy History series battles the Axis Powers as we head into the World War II years. But before we get there, we learn a little about the culmination of KapSig’s reign of dominance, the problems with wheels, and the dangers of cars on the buggy course. Plus, we’ve got plenty of information about Fall Carnival in 1942, and the unofficial Buggy substitute, the Jalopy Race.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1936-1939

Previous Articles: Intro & 1920; 1921-1923; 1924-1927; 1928-1932; 1933-1935

Before we dive into the late 1930s, a quick explanation. Until now, we’ve been relying primarily on first-hand reporting (articles from the same year, or at worst the following year) to give a picture of the year in Buggy. For these primary sources, we’ve treated the articles as fact (unless, as noted in the Intro, there’s a reason to question it). Occasionally we have provided information from second-hand sources (such as articles from later years of the Tartan that look back from a historical perspective), as they add additional color, but they are also more unreliable, and thus we have called out the times we’ve provided information from those sources and our concerns (for example, in last week’s article, we noted that there is a conflict with respect to the material making up Beta’s 1932 buggy frame).

For the late 1930s, however, the Tartan digital archives are missing (1936-1939 are unavailable), and there are few non-Tartan sources for those years, so we are more heavily relying on those second-hand sources. So in this week’s article, we will tell you what limited information we know, which comes from first-hand sources, and then we will provide some additional color from the second-hand sources along with how accurate we believe that information to be. So without further ado, let’s dive into the 1930s, when it was a KapSig world and the rest of CMU was just living in it.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1933-1935

Previous Articles: Intro & 1920; 1921-1923; 1924-1927; 1928-1932

This week, 100 Years of Buggy History dives into the early-mid 1930s. This period was dominated by Beta (and there’s plenty of Beta photos), but we’ve got incidents, DQs, and even sabotage! And did you know that Pitt had buggy races as well?

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Upcoming Events and New Initiatives #1

With the first couple weekends of rolls behind us, the 100th year of buggy has officially begun! I am proud to serve as the BAA President in this auspicious time, and am already in awe at the work put in by students, alumni and staff to make Buggy100 happen. We’ll be announcing new initiatives throughout the year, and already there are a couple to share

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1928-1932

Previous Articles: Intro & 1920; 1921-1923; 1924-1927

This week, 100 Years of Buggy History gets into the late 1920s and early 1930s. Say hello to Frew Street, as the Buggy Course makes its final change, and goodbye to Campus Week, as the faculty worries about the impact of festivities on its students.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1924-1927

Previous Articles: Intro & 1920; 1921-1923

This week, 100 Years of Buggy History goes further into the 1920s. The course continues to evolve, rules start to become standardized, the Prelim/Finals setup begins, and one fraternity creates the first Buggy dynasty.

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100 Years of Buggy History – 1921-1923

Previous Articles: Intro and 1920

This week, 100 Years of Buggy History takes a look at the early 1920s: 1921-1923. It’s a period full of interesting designs and controversies, plus some rule changes as the students worked to make the sport endure. And…history was made, with the first ever women’s team competing against the boys, 55 years before women’s teams were welcomed more generally into Raceday.

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100 Years of Buggy History – Intro and 1920

Introduction

For those of you who haven’t been refreshing this site every 5 minutes since Raceday 2019 ended, this year is the 100th anniversary of Buggy at Carnegie Mellon!  This year’s Raceday, which we are affectionately calling “Buggy 100” (#Buggy100), takes place on April 16-18, 2020, so make sure you’ve got the dates marked on your calendar.

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New Officers for the 19-21 Term

Ballots have been counted and we are excited to announce our new officers for the 2019-2021 term!

Communications Officer – Linna Griffin

Reporting Officer – Jasio Santillan

Webmaster – Krishan Taylor

President – Michael Darcy

Please help us welcome in these new officers as we start transitioning and ramping into some summer projects and of course dive deep into planning for Buggy 100!