Rolls Report: Oct. 13 – The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy

Welcome back for another exciting Rolls Report installment. This weekend we saw the debut of a new team and the return of an old so our buggy family is growing bigger and bigger! Sweepstakes was a bit of an odd tri-generational mish mash with Jake missing and Tishya still broken. Willy Clark (last year’s Assistant Chairman) was a real hero and stepped up to fill in for Jake. And I gave Tishya a HAND (badum tss) with her Safety Chairing duties. There was of course the addition of Bingo (Diya’s dog) to this weekend’s Sweepstakes Committee, tagging along in the safety vehicle when things got RUFF (I’m on fire today).

Also it has been brought to my attention that I have been misspelling PiKA’s buggy’s name. I apologize for the error and will make sure Cleeyona is spelled properly in future rolls reports.

In Attendance 

ApexPhoenix, Firefly, Solaris
CIAEquinox, Tempest, Emperor
FringeBoson, Blueshift, Bumper, Blind Faith
PiKARaptor, Cleeyona
SDCAvarice, Vice, Vanity
SigEpBarracuda, Hydra
SpiritInviscid, Kingpin II, Zuke

Observations (Sunday Gallery)

AEPi has returned to the course! AEPi has been on a buggy hiatus, but brought Kamikaze back out of retirement. Unfortunately, Kamikaze’s front hatch, had other plans and AEPi’s first roll of the year came to an early end shortly after the Hill 2 push off. They then scratched for the rest of the day to work out their hatch attachment issues.

Apex was getting buggies out fast and efficiently and it nearly brought a tear to my eye to hear an Apex pusher yell at SDC mechanics to get out of THEIR way. Something I never thought I’d experience. Although, it looks like Firefly has a boo boo from this picture. Get better soon, Firefly!

CIA got a few rolls in without any issues and it looks like Emperor got a haircut from the previous week.

DG made its debut appearance at rolls this weekend and (sort of) got their first roll ever in. Sorority Delta Gamma is the first of this year’s new teams to successfully get out onto the course. DG got some rolls experience with sister and PiKA driver, Katy trying out their buggy, Brazen (a loaner from Fringe). Their first roll was a little too slow to make it through the chute unassisted, but Brazen proudly made it around in the next.

Fringe is safe from my sass and criticism this week.

PhiDelt and AEPi flaggers were running a little late and drove down behind Spirit’s follow car in the first roll. However, they seemed a little confused by the concept of flagging as both flaggers were still in the car after driving around. Don’t worry, they eventually got to their positions.

Argo had a more serious accident when it jumped onto the curb and into a sign post just before the transition flag. The driver was alright, but needed to be extracted and the team scratched for the rest of the day. We hope to see them out and around the course next rolls!

PiKA was feeling a little antsy about not getting enough rolls in (especially with their driver spending so much time in Brazen) which led to a few complications later on. Chairmen from all teams were confused and upset by the sight of a lone Pike buggy taking over and rolling in DG’s place from some miscommunication issues. Needless to say, Pike did not get that roll counted, but rolls were able to continue on without any delays.

SDC was out, with Vice, Vanity, and Avarice (that’s a lot of v’s) getting in a roll in all three cycles on Sunday.

SigEp had a minor accident just past the Westinghouse memorial where Barracuda spun and hit the curb. It happened so quickly that their follow car didn’t notice and drove past, leading to some confused Radio Club members alerting Sweepstakes of the missing buggy. Judging by those rather large chunks that came off, Cuda will need some bodywork, but no major components were damaged.

Spirit seemed to have an uneventful but productive day at rolls, getting two to three rolls in each of their buggies.

We had a great turnout this Sunday for parents weekend, so I’d just like to thank all of the families and alumni that attended rolls or any of the other Scotty Saturday activities (including Tom Wood’s talk or the tabling). Thank you for all the support!

Rumor of the week:

The Sweepstakes Assistant Chairman, Jake, was mysteriously absent this weekend. Word on the streets is that he got into business with some bad people and was kidnapped. Luckily, Sweepstakes was able to use all of PhiDelt’s fine money to get him back in time for the Chairmen’s meeting Monday night.

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Rolls Report: Oct. 5 & 6 – Breaking Buggy

I thought this dramatic picture of Jake (Assistant Chairman) was too cool to not include in this rolls report.

Welcome back for another rolls report (now with double the days and double the content)! Since you’re reading this, I’ll assume I didn’t offend you too much with my first report so here goes Round 2.

I meant to have this published sooner… but I accidentally broke the Safety Chairman. It turns out two Safety Chairmen together does NOT equal double the safety (see below).

In Attendance 

Apex Phoenix, Firefly, Azula, SolarisPhoenix, Firefly, Solaris
CIA Equinox, Tempest, Emperor, Aurora, Icarus Equinox, Tempest, Emperor, Aurora, Icarus
Fringe Boson, Blueshift, Bumper, Blind Faith Blueshift, Bumper, Blind Faith
PhiDelt Argo🙁
PiKA Raptor, Cleohna Raptor, Cleohna
SDC Avarice, Vice, VanityAvarice, Vice, Bane, Vanity
SigEp Kraken, Hydra
SigNu Bungarus Krait
Spirit Inviscid, Seraph, Zuke, Kingpin II Inviscid, Seraph, Zuke

Observations (Saturday Gallery | Sunday Gallery)

This chilly weekend we had a full weekend of rolls where teams got up to 4 rolls Saturday and 5 rolls on Sunday (unless you’re Fringe and squeezed in a 6th). Sweepstakes kept things running smoothly and quickly, even with the number of incidents. Here’s the breakdown:

Apex’s Phoenix lost a back hatch, but that’s not news. Apex also got an amazing Hill 2 push off from their favorite alum (spoiler: it was me).

CIA trying something a little new with tufts testing on Emperor hoping to get some air flow data on their shell design (emphasis on hoping). We did notice Emperor popped a couple wheelies from catchers yanking on the pushbar so I wonder what that’ll do for their data. In other news, they are going fast and are in no means easing into the semester judging by their A team level push offs and asking Sweepstakes to “race against each other”. Though that’s something we tend to avoid… even on raceday. Unfortunately, Aurora had a spin and lost a wheel in the chute. Hopefully she’ll be back out this weekend! I would love to eventually see that pushbar go all the way down.

Fringe had another rough weekend of rolls. Bumper lost a fairing cover, Boson was mysteriously carried off the course without an explanation, and Blueshift earned this year’s first Accident Report with a brief curb clip at the base of Hill 3. Congrats guys, you beat SDC to it!

PhiDelt made a triumphant return to the course this year on Saturday. PhiDelt brought out two new drivers but unfortunately, didn’t get very far. Their first driver fishtailed to a stop at the Stop Sign where the Safety Chair and I conducted an impromptu driver extraction. The driver reported visibility problems and was brought back to the top of the hill. However, PhiDelt didn’t get the notice that their buggy was still waiting in the grass for them to collect until shortly before their next turn. Their next driver reported a foggy windshield and came to a stop in a similar spot on the second cycle and was also extracted. The third roll came to an even earlier stop right at the Hill 2 push off. What could have been a great redemption story came to an end when PhiDelt’s rubbing brakes kept them from even getting to the top of the hill for the last roll of the day. It was a rough day, but we’re all hoping to see them push through (pun intended) and get in a roll this weekend.

PiKA is mostly safe from my snarky remarks this week and racked up some rolls without any issues. All two of their mechanics at the top of the hill seemed to have everything under control. Keen to give 110%, they gave Cleohna one of the longest Hill 2 pushoffs seen on the course.

He had actually made it a bit further down the freeroll before I thought to take a picture.

SDC brought out a fleet of bagged buggies out on Saturday where each of their new drivers got a chance to get some rolls in without any problems. Sunday was less successful when Bane had a spinout in the chute. But like champs, they quickly got going again after getting the EMS clear and pushed Bane back up the backhills. The following buggies also got the clear, but from some miscommunications rolled into the chute with the SDC follow car and safety car still there. Luckily, the bagged drivers were able to make the turn and stay clear of the vehicles. It would’ve been cruel irony if the safety car was involved in an accident. Avarice later had a spin and lost a wheel at their chute flag in a following roll and was carried off the course. The next roll saw Vanity rolling all alone (perhaps fitting of the buggy’s name) until Vice rejoined for the last roll.

SigEp still has nothing to report, which I guess here is a good thing. They were out Saturday and got three rolls in Hydra and two in Kraken.

SigNu also made a return to the course on Sunday, getting in four incident-free rolls in Bungarus Krait.

Spirit got in a solid number of rolls and has almost found that sweet spot at the top of the hill where their buggies don’t scrape the ground on the way back.

Rumor of the week:

While CIA mechanics insist this is part of air flow analysis, it is rumored that the night before rolls someone accidentally spilled Rogaine on Emperor, leading to this…

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Rolls Report: Sept. 28 – Dawn of the Planet of the Buggies

Hello again all you crazy buggy enthusiasts! Whether you’re new to the sport of buggy or just here reading for inaccuracies, I welcome you to the 2019-20 season with this first Rolls Report. Here, you’ll find pictures, data, snarky commentary, or whatever else I feel like including in the follow up to this past weekend’s rolls practice. So let’s get started.

*Also I figured since rolls got delayed so many weeks, I would delay the posting of this rolls report in solidarity with the Sweepstakes Committee.

As you may know, this is the 100th year of the races so it’s a big one. Despite getting a later start than Sweepstakes had hoped, Saturday was a pretty solid day of rolls. We saw the return of 7 teams and 19 buggies!!!

In Attendance 

Apex Phoenix, Firefly, Solaris
CIA Equinox, Tempest, Emperor, Aurora
Fringe Boson, Blueshift, Bumper, Blind Faith
PiKA Raptor, Kleona
SDC Inferno
SigEp Kraken
Spirit Inviscid, Seraph, Zuke, Kingpin II

Observations (Saturday Gallery)

We saw plenty of new drivers out on the course (8 to be exact!) and a couple more observing the veterans. There was a bit of readjusting with three teams (SDC, CIA, and Fringe) being displaced by Posner renovations and forced to relocate their staging areas to the base of Hill 1, but teams were able to get up to 3 rolls on Saturday.

Apex had to do some scrambling in the dark when their staging area in Posner Hall suddenly lost power.

CIA was hitting full speeds (including Hill 1s) after shedding their bags off of Emperor and Equinox.

Fringe…. was off to a bit of a rougher start. Blueshift lost a fairing cover on one of its rolls, but it was quickly recovered. Seems like the team just COULDN’T CATCH a break as shown with this quickly infamous picture of Blind Faith. Note Dave’s very concerned expression.

PiKA was trying out some new turning technology with the longer side of Kleona’s axle’s sticking out of the right side of the buggy, so we’ll see how that works out for them. The enthusiastic flooring of their follow car (VROOM VROOM) was cut short by the Sweepstakes Chairman scolding them. In their excitement, they also accidentally abandoned their buggy at the top of Hill 1.

SDC kicked off this year with Inferno getting in the first roll of the semester, while their new drivers observed.

SigEp. Hmm. Not much to report here besides getting some solid rolls with a returning driver in Kraken. They may have been on their best behavior so as not to embarrass Jake, Sweepstakes Assistant Chairman and former SigEp team member.

Spirit brought out their fleet with only a slight hiccup where a new driver got a little lost and went to the right of the monument.

Unfortunately the ominous clouds were not just there for dramatic effect, and rolls were called to an early end between 8:30-8:40 due to rain. But with no major delays or accidents, I would call this Saturday a success. Good work Sweepstakes! Hopefully, teams can squeeze a few more rolls in this upcoming weekend.

CMU Central MarComm was also out taking pictures and interviewing students to build up hype around the big Buggy 100 race.

Sweepstakes has also confirmed that the dumpsters and units on Hill 4 will be moved over, clearing up some space for buggies and pushers.

Now. For something new! Presenting the first installment of the RUMOR OF THE WEEK section.

Rumor of the week:

It looks like this year’s Sweepstakes committee may have gone over budget already and resorted to delaying rolls to mine for gold outside Phipps. I’m not sure who told them there was anything precious underneath the asphalt, but it seems their mining attempt with a pickaxe was unsuccessful. Guess those new Sweepstakes jackets will just have to wait.

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Rolls Report: April 6 & 7 – Truck Weekend

Carnival and Raceday 2019 are upon us! Pittsburgh’s weather has finally picked a season and it should actually feel like a Spring Carnival this year. The warm, dry weather was a boon for teams scrambling to get in their last few rolls this past truck weekend. Hopefully, the rain will hold off just long enough for an amazing Raceday.

This coming weekend we will see 9 organizations battle it out with 24 women’s teams and 28 men’s teams. A complete listing of the 10 women’s heats and 13 men’s heats can be found here.

Following tradition, you won’t be getting the details of last weekend’s practice as we are sending out the much anticipated Raceday Preview tomorrow. This year our dedicated team at the BAA has compiled team summaries, photos, alumni interviews, predictions, and other buggy-goodness into one amazing document. You may be asking yourself how you can get your hands on such an amazing piece of Buggy Awesomeness. The answer is simple: pay your BAA dues ($10)! BAA dues go a long way to helping us keep you up-to-date on the latest buggy news as well as provide critical support to the current students. Plus, you get the Raceday Preview; that alone is worth the $10. You can join the BAA or renew your membership here.

We would feel bad if we kept all the news from Truck Weekend from you, though. Below you’ll find the attendance from Rolls and timing data from a video-based system.  We’ll let you pore over the numbers and make your own predictions for RD2019!

In Attendance

Org Saturday Sunday
Apex #lit, Azula, Phoenix, Firefly #lit, Azula, Firefly
CIA Equinox, Tempest, Icarus, Aurora Emperor,Equinox, Tempest, Icarus, Aurora
Fringe Blueshift, Bumper, NB19 Blueshift, Bumper, Boson, NB19
PhiDelt Argo Argo
PiKA NB19, Cliodhna NB19, Banshee, Cliodhna
SAE Eileen
SDC Bane, Vice, Vanity Bane, Vice, Vanity
SigEp Kraken, Barracuda, Beyonce, Hydra Kraken, Barracuda, Beyonce, Hydra
SigNu Krait  Krait
Spirit Kingpin, Seraph, Inviscid Kingpin, Seraph, Inviscid

Observations (Saturday Gallery | Sunday Gallery)

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Rolls Report: March 2 & 3 – Why is there still snow?

It was a cold Saturday morning, with temps were hovering just around freezing and overcast skies hid the sun. Road conditions have not improved as the freeze-thaw cycle of a typical Pittsburgh winter continues to chew up the concrete around Flagstaff Hill. Sweepstakes appeared to resort to drying the course with a roll of paper towels prior to rolls.

Teams seemed to be scared away by the low temperatures and attendance on Sunday with only PiKA, SDC, Fringe, CIA, Spirit and Robobuggy turning up to roll. In addition all the teams were generally sticking with 1 – 2 buggies per roll. With all those factors we completed a whopping 8 full roll-orders.

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Rolls Report: Feb. 23 – Above Freezing

It was another beautiful winter-turning-to-spring weekend last week in Pittsburgh. Temperatures creeped to just above freezing to reach an almost comfortable 33F. Unfortunately, Sunday Rolls were cancelled due to wet forecasts. It did rain between Saturday and Sunday, but high winds ended up being the real danger on Sunday.

With Raceday just 6 weeks of questionable weather patterns away, teams are beginning to take a serious look at their Hill 2 push offs. Unfortunately, the pot holes along the hill make it exceedingly difficult to get much definitive information. Perhaps next year we can introduce a new sport: Buggy Slalom Races.

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Rolls Report: Feb. 17 – Chilly Return to Rolls

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s that time of year we’ve been waiting for since that time last year: spring rolls are here! Sort of.

Wintry weather on Saturday had Buggies in hibernation for one extra day this past weekend. By Sunday the temperatures had warmed just enough to coax 6 teams out to the course. The first roll was in a chilly 21F, but by the end of practices it was a balmy 24F. Our on-scene reporter relayed that it was “quite chilly if you didn’t have a wind breaker.” So, take that as you will.

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Rolls Report: Nov. 18 – Mini Raceday!

This weekend saw some wet weather and Mini-Raceday! Rain and unsafe road conditions thwarted Saturday Rolls, but the demon Pittsburgh weather gods smiled on the undergrads, gracing the course with a balmy 35F and dry conditions for Sunday morning.

Sunday started with a long delay, as Sweepstakes became aware just after chairmen’s meeting that the entire second row of hay bales were missing from the inner Chute. The organization assigned to this chore had put out only one row. The delay lasted until approximately 7:18 with Sweepstakes and other organizations proving additional hands to get bales in place. Despite these delays we made it through the roll-order five times nearly without any incidents.

For Mini-raceday, Sweepstakes was timing the first Buggy of every org, timing from the crosswalk, Hill 3 line, and finish line. We don’t have the official times from Sweepstakes, but we can say that Fringe had two of the three fastest times of the day and was rolling slightly faster than SDC, CIA, and Spirit. From SDC, Malice was the only Buggy rolling fast, but none of those out had times resembling Raceday speeds. Spirit was by far the most consistent team rolling, with each of the Buggies moving at fair clips. CIA might have put up fast times all around if they were racing Equinox and Emperor up Hill 1. The proximity prevented the trailing Buggy from driving her course. All-in-all the teams performed how we might expect. We’ll be looking to Fringe, SDC, Spirit, and CIA this spring to starting tearing up the course.

Unrelated: Best pusher nickname of the morning: “Daddy Long Legs”

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Rolls Report: Nov. 11 & 12 – Look at Those Roll Arounds

No, you’re not reading the post title wrong, there were indeed 2 days of Buggy this week. Teams graced the course both Saturday and Sunday getting in some chilly practice before ice and snow descend upon the ‘Burgh. Whether it was due to uncomfortable wind chills (< 28 F) or internal reasons, only 5 teams, including Robobuggy, made it out on Saturday. By 7:30am, the small number of Saturday teams couldn’t keep up with the designated roll order and organized chaos replaced the roster. While the temperature still sat below freezing on Sunday, the wind had died down and the course was dry.

One of the more entertaining events of Saturday (from a spectator’s view) was Sweepstakes trying to remove 2 patches of ice from the Chute. After kicking and scraping at the ice failed, they turned to leaf blowers. Unfortunately, leaf blowers only pump out slightly-warmer-than-ambient air. They were eventually able to defeat the ice using a combination of hand warmers and hot packs. The effort was well-worth it as we saw no accidents in the Chute. The Saturday breeze was strong and regular enough to shove the barricades onto the course at both ends of Schenley drive (Hill 2 and Chute turn)

To give an idea of the chill in the air, one reporter overheard a pusher grumbling “I think my earrings are frozen to my ear.”

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Rolls Report: Nov. 4 – Definitely not summer anymore

And we’re back! Due to some unfortunate weather patterns, absentee alumni, missing permits, and Halloween, Buggy reports have been on hiatus for the better part of the last month. Despite the ever dropping temperatures, Buggies finally found their way back to the course and we had a full weekend day of rolls!

Saturday practice was cancelled, but not for lack trying on Sweepstakes end. The call didn’t come until 1am when it was clear that the weather wasn’t going to cooperate. The dreary weather failed to dampen the teams’ spirits and spectators were treated to some mechanics and pushers dressing up in the spirit of Halloween. The wet weekend was a ghoulish nightmare for the sweepers, who had to put in some extra elbow grease to remove soggy leaves from the Chute. This caused a slight delay in the start time.

I have a note here from our reporter on the scene that the quote of the day was: “Only the Friwizard can wear the hat!” Not sure what that means, and sadly we don’t have a picture to go with the quote. 

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