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!
||#lit, Azula, Phoenix, Firefly
||#lit, Azula, Firefly
||Equinox, Tempest, Icarus, Aurora
||Emperor,Equinox, Tempest, Icarus, Aurora
||Blueshift, Bumper, NB19
||Blueshift, Bumper, Boson, NB19
||NB19, Banshee, Cliodhna
||Bane, Vice, Vanity
||Bane, Vice, Vanity
||Kraken, Barracuda, Beyonce, Hydra
||Kraken, Barracuda, Beyonce, Hydra
||Kingpin, Seraph, Inviscid
||Kingpin, Seraph, Inviscid
Observations (Saturday Gallery | Sunday Gallery)
The 2019 Lead Truck Auction is now open for bidding! As a reminder, online bidding closes Wednesday at 11pm ET. Bidding on the Finals heats begins online, with the leading bidders having the option of which heat to apply their leading bid to – That leading bid will then become the starting bid for the selected heat during our Live Auction on Friday Night. Full information can be found here (UPDATE: THE PENS TAKE ON THE ISLANDERS IN NY FOR GAME 2 ON FRIDAY NIGHT, AND THE GAME WILL BE ON DURING THE EVENT!)
So go on and bid now, and tell all of your friends and family that will be at Carnival this year (the auction is open to the public; you don’t need to be a BAA member to win)! Help support the BAA and our sponsorship of Raceday 2019!
The BAA is once again holding our lead truck auction this year! It’s the one chance you (or a, parent, a spouse, a friend, or any buggy fanatic in your life) have of being right in the middle of the action on Raceday. You’ll sit in the back of the lead truck for whatever race(s) you can win! Proceeds help with all the costs of putting on such a spectacular Raceday, including the BAA’s sponsorship and various broadcast and other improvements.
The auction will go live on Monday morning (and don’t worry, we’ll post about it here). Most things are the same as last year (and a description of how it works is below), but first we wanted to highlight the main change this year, and explain how it’s going to work.
Are you excited for next week yet? We sure are and we can’t wait for you all to join for the 99th year of Buggy! One of our favorite events, the Alumni Panel will be back again at the Buggy Design Showcase on Thursday April 11 at 12:30 in Weigand Gym! Our VP, Jeremy Tuttle will again be moderating our band of alumni fools and here’s who’ll be on stage sharing their stories:
Aside from the previous three members who are finishing their second and final terms, our head of the web is up for continuing into his second term and just needs your vote of confidence to keep fixing, updating, and modernizing our beloved home on the net. Since this is the final position that must be voted on this year, let’s lay out the election schedule ahead of us.
- Nomination Period Closes: April 15 @ 11pm EDT
- Elections Ballots Open: April
19th 29th tentative
- Elections Ballots Close & Announcements: May 4th
If you believe Buggy is a sport that should continue, please consider being a part of the team that makes it happen. The BAA operates solely on the generosity of the alumni and the few who donate their time for a couple years to keep things running. If you are interested in any of these roles, would like to challenge someone’s position, or know someone who would fit the role, nominate by clicking the button below!
In lieu of a rolls report this week due to the wet weather, let’s continue the Raceday HYPE and introduce the people you’ll be primarily hearing from this Carnival. BUT! before we introduce all of our amazing broadcasters for this year, a quick plug that we are still in need of some volunteers to help us with a few of the necessary Raceday operations. In particular, we need people to help identify and transcribe finish line times. The only requirement is that you be at the finish-line tent during the finishes. If you can spare a few races during the mornings, we would be incredibly grateful and have some physical gifts in return for your service.
This year, if you’d like to try and see what being a commentator is like, you can have your chance during the Exhibition races! Swing by the BAA Tent at the top of the hill and we’ll get you a spot!
Hey Buggy Alumni! It’s your friendly neighborhood BAA Treasurer here. Can you believe we’re LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY from Raceday 2019? Me neither! As you know, The BAA sends out our Annual Raceday Preview to all members before Raceday. Since those previews will be going out next week, now is the perfect time to make sure you’re a member for the 2018-2019 season! Below is a link where you can check your status. There are 4 possibilities:
1) You are on the list with NO asterisks – You’re all set to receive your preview
2) You are on the list WITH asterisks next to your last name (**) – You’re a member, but we don’t have your email address! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know where to send your Raceday Preview.
3) You are NOT on the list but have already donated this year – If you think there’s an error and we’re missing you, forward your donation receipt to email@example.com and we’ll make sure to update our list and get you your Raceday Preview.
4) You are NOT on the list and have NOT already donated this year – Now’s the perfect time! A $10 donation makes you a full BAA member for the season, which gets you access to the Raceday Preview, but we accept donations of all sizes, small or large! Your donation goes to support the BAA’s activities throughout the year, but most importantly they help support Raceday itself! You can DONATE HERE (or, if you use CMU’s own “Give” page, make sure to select “View All Funds”, then “Other” all the way down at the bottom of the page, and then type in “Buggy Alumni Association”). Once you get your receipt, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll add you to the list of members!
You can check your status here, or feel free to reach out to us at email@example.com if you have any questions or concerns. And get ready for all the things that the BAA has planned for Buggy’s 99th Anniversary, including our annual Lead Truck Auction, with details to come later this week.
You’ve now heard a bit from our Head Reporter and Head of Communications and what it takes to fill those roles. It’s now time to hear from our head honcho, and how much work really goes into leading this band of fools! The BAA operates solely on the generosity of the alumni and the few who donate their time for a couple years to keep things running. If you are interested in any of these roles, would like to challenge someone’s position, or know someone who would fit the role, nominate by clicking the button below!
After two weekends off thanks to spring break and missing permits, Buggy was back on this weekend. However, the Pittsburgh police did not grace us with their presence on either Saturday or Sunday. While the rules now state that Rolls can go on without them, it made for increased traffic at the chute barricade. Interestingly, as we understand it, the police feel it necessary to be at evening push practice, and their absence has caused cancellations of push practice. To quote one of our local alumni “what gives?”
Saturday was clear, dry, and cold with temperatures in the upper 20s. Sunday was a much “better” day weather wise with less wind and temperatures above freezing. Ben Brown out with a modified speed trap design at the monument getting some great results that we hope to share with you soon.
Sweepstakes had a nearly full dance card this weekend, with everyone but SAE out on Saturday and the full horde out on Sunday with a couple new buggies to boot. Several teams were putting in full Hill 1’s and 2’s in preparation for the rapidly approaching Raceday. While this is about when we would expect teams to breaking out the full push-offs, buggies just aren’t going as fast as we might predict. As the temperatures rise, we hope that speed will too.
We are rapidly approaching what’s bound to be another awesome Carnival weekend and if you haven’t already, take a moment to register and sign-up for all the great events that are being set up for you! Scrolling through the Spring Carnival schedule, you might notice that a few regular buggy events aren’t listed there… Well that’s what THIS POST is for! Below you’ll find a list of every important buggy event and BAA activity happening this weekend. We know Carnival is a busy weekend with a lot going on, so we hope to see you at what you can make, and if you’re looking to connect with your old team, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll do what we can to connect you!
A brief plug: These races happen because of the generosity of volunteers who are willing to donate an hour or two of their time. Please consider helping us this year and let us know via THIS FORM.