The University of São Paulo-Brazil left for Pittsburg, Kansas and the SAE Baja design competition this morning, but not before stopping traffic on 10th Street. Team members, local gawkers, and all kinds of passers-by stopped to take photos of our guests in a Super Bowl-like media frenzy.
Tonight S&T’s BAJA! crew heads to a Joplin stopover before moving onto the Kansas Technology Center early tomorrow. They’ll stay in the Hotel Gooseneck, towed conveniently behind the center’s pickup truck. The all-in-one workshop/rain shield/bedding area lacks showers, plumbing, and air conditioning, but the price is right. And price counts.
Last night S&T landscape supervisor and all-round superhero Jim Duncan pitched in to let BAJA! use his mulch and dirt fields for last-minute testing and driver training. It’s an ideal facility. Far from irritable neighbors, lots of dirt to tear up, hills to climb, everything needed to get the Miners psyched for a weekend of kidney-rattling, mud-covered fun, er, design validation.