What is buggy?
Good question. In short, Carnegie Mellon students form teams, then put a small person in a non-motorized rolling torpedo-like object and push it around a course like a baton in a relay race.
Just… here, watch this:
In case that wasn’t enough of an explanation, allow us to indulge in story time.
Since the inception of buggy nearly a century ago, a lot has changed. The Campus Week celebration is now called “Carnival,” an extended weekend where undergraduate classes are cancelled to make way for festivities -- including the multi-day Sweepstakes tournament. The tournament saw a blossoming of interest, largely from independent organizations and fraternities. To accommodate the new participants, the racecourse was extended to include uphill and downhill portions, and team roles expanded to include more students. Nowadays, most buggy teams include:
All in all, the Sweepstakes tournament has seen an explosion of innovation, as student groups have devised new methods to race faster, safer, and with more control.
If you’d like, feel free to see how SPIRIT Buggy does its work and what differentiates it from other teams here.