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CMU Buggy Alumni Association
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The internet home of Carnegie Mellon's Buggy tradition
The internet home of Carnegie Mellon's Buggy tradition

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Rolls start this weekend and the BAA is gearing up for another great year!

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lots of pre-raceday goodness packed into one big post

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It’s the time of year when exciting buggy things start happening pretty much every day. I hope you’re not trying to get any work done, because today is one of those days.

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Teams took advantage of two full days of brisk but dry weather to close out the “regular season” of freerolls. Most teams got all of their drivers qualified and are ready for truck weekend which is coming up fast. Thanks this week to Ben Matzke and Shafeeq for the notes on rolls as I was out of town again. If you’ve got pictures or additional observations (especially from Saturday), don’t be shy, share!

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It may have been April 1st, but there’re no pranks here, rolls happened on Sunday, they were fun, and we’ve got the details for you. Saturday was rained out, but in one day we got more headline material than the last couple of weeks put together. One new buggy, one radical renovation, one new team on the course, one new animal-theme paint job, and a spin for good measure. Lots of alumni in the chute and following along with our live streaming broadcast was just icing on the cake.

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After two weeks off for spring break, we find ourselves right in the heat of things with just 4 weeks to go. Push practice started this week and has enjoyed absurdly comfortable March temperatures. Rolls are scheduled for all 8 remaining days before raceday, so lets hope the good weather continues unabated. So that’s how our 10 (hopefully 11, SAE?) orgs are preparing, what are you doing to get in shape? Nothing yet? Don’t worry, we’ve got some ideas for you:

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When the alarm went off it was dark and it looked cold and I considered getting back in bed. What was I thinking?! Rolls are awesome, I just needed a reminder, and the first day of rolls did the job. Apex made it out, PiKA made it back out, CIA rolled the first new buggy of 2012, and 6 other teams came out to start the spring with a healthy crowd. Sunday was deemed too cold to roll (26 F, 8mph wind) so everyone had a short buggy weekend to get back into the groove.

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Classes are back in session, the (so far, mild) winter is moving right along, teams are presumably hard at work in their garages getting into the meat of their 2012 builds. For alumni who aren’t taking classes, mostly stay inside, and don’t get to build buggies anymore this can be a bit of a slow time. Once it gets going though, it all happens real fast, so we’re doing a bit of thinking ahead now.

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Help a new team figure out how to do things cheaply

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