Update: as stated in the March 12, 2020 university communications, for the safety of our community, on-campus Spring Carnival is canceled for this year to commit to social distancing and to limit the spread of infection. In light of this unprecedented situation this year, CMU will be hosting a virtual carnival.
"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.
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
October 18, 2019
CMU Celebrates Buggy Tradition of Skills and Thrills
April 15, 2019
Witchner, Wood Roll Into Buggy Royalty
April 12, 2019
At CMU's Annual Buggy Races, It's All about Innovation
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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