"What's Buggy?" you ask.
It is the quintessential interdisciplinary sport and it's one of Carnegie Mellon University's longest held traditions.
This annual student-led relay race, officially known as "Sweepstakes," partners designers, engineers, mechanics and athletes. Together, these brilliant, quirky, creative minds produce a buggy — an aerodynamic vehicle with no engine. It's powered by brains and brawn alone.
In just over two minutes, teams of power-pushing men and women race around a .84 mile track with buggy and driver leading the way around Schenley Park's Flagstaff Hill, with speeds up to 40 mph.
Every April during Spring Carnival, students, alumni and community fans watch Buggy teams compete for the annual title.
Each team has six members: five pushers and a driver. Behind the scenes, designers, engineers and mechanics join forces to craft a racing machine and a work of art. The best of the best vie for a spot in the finals.
The Buggy has evolved over the last century — in shape, size, weight and material. From punchy machine names to secret Buggy shops, Sweepstakes has a language all its own.
Sweepstakes takes place every year during Spring Carnival. Spring Carnival is one of the biggest events of the school year — it's open to the entire community.
What's in a Name?
Well, a lot. Buggy names are like insider terms around here. These quirky titles reflect team energy, design and tradition.
See who's making a comeback and who's new on the asphalt.
April 27, 2021
Students Give Buggy New Push
April 26, 2021
This is How We Roll
April 15, 2020
Celebrating with the "Godfather of Buggy"
February 17, 2020
Then and Now: 100 Years of Buggy 1946 - 1970
February 5, 2020
Then and Now: 100 Years of Buggy, 1920-1945
January 29, 2020
She's on a Roll: The history of women in Buggy
A Visit to a Carnegie Mellon Buggy Shop
Take a look behind the scenes
90 Years of Buggy in 90 Seconds
Watch this retrospective slideshow
Feel What It's like to be a Buggy Driver
Watch Buggy 360
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