Reck Club Homecoming Chair
Mini 500 Sub-Chair
Mini 500 Sub-Chair
The Mini 500 is an annual tricycle race that usually takes place around Peters Parking Deck that occurs on the Friday afternoon before the Homecoming football game. However, this year, the race will be relocated to the Stamps Field Track at the CRC. It is one of Georgia Tech’s most unique traditions put on by Ramblin’ Reck Club since 1969. Teams normally consisted of seven members: 4 to take turns as the driver and three on the pit crew. To monitor numbers, pit crews will be cut and racers will also act as the pit. Each team is required to rotate the front tire of their tricycle three times throughout the course of the race. All teams try to complete 2 laps without destroying their tricycle. The 2020 Mini 500 will be on Friday, October 16th at 6:30 PM at the Stamps Field Track.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, this year's Mini 500 has undergone some new changes to keep participants and spectators healthy. However, the spirit and fun of one of Georgia Tech’s most beloved traditions will be upheld! The event itself has been moved from Peters Parking Deck to the track around the Stamps Recreation Fields. This change will allow for entrance monitoring of participants and spectators. Every person entering the premises will have a standard temperature check and must be wearing a face covering. To limit the amount of teams racing at one time, only four teams will race at a time in a time trial fashion. Each team will start at opposing sides of the field and 4 racers from each team will compete. Racers will complete a half lap before sanitizing their trikes and passing it along to the next rider. Every team will compete two laps around the track! We are excited to be able to adapt the Mini 500 to keep everyone involved safe. If you are interested in competing in the Mini 500 this year please fill out the form here: Mini 500 Form. Stay safe and race on!
Signups for the 2020 Mini 500 are now in early September
Mini 500 Co-Chairs are still evaluating the safest way to distribute tricycles.
Each team must paint their tricycle in order to participate. RED TRICYCLES WILL NOT RACE. This is the only modification that a team must make, but it is highly encouraged that a team uses their knowledge and skills as GT students to modify their Tricycle further because if no further modifications are made the tricycle is almost guaranteed to not make it through the race. Common modifications are:
The Race will be around Peters Parking Deck with the Pits for each team lining the Peters Parking Deck side of Fowler Street and the start being at the corner of Fowler St. and Bobby Dodd Way. Each team will receive an email with their assigned pit number. The team will report to THEIR PIT between 5:00pm and 5:25PM and check in with their pit boss (A member of Ramblin Reck Club). Everything a team will need for the race other than their tricycle and wheel rotation mechanisms will be at their starting pit.
Each team will have four members who are deemed racers. They will take turns completing a lap each until each racer has completed two laps for a total of eight laps done by the team. There are many different techniques used by racers to propel the tricycle so just choose what works best for you!
It is difficult to propel a tricycle as a full grown human and may result in a few scraps and bruises so we recommend wearing some form of bottom that covers your legs (jeans, sweatpants, leggings) as well are wearing reinforcement on your shoes (such as duct tape) or shoes you don’t care about because they will be hitting the pavement and may get scuffed up!
The team will also have 3 pit members who will remain in the pit and facilitate changes in drivers as well as the three front wheel rotations that must be performed after every 2 laps.
After every two laps the team is required to perform a rotation of their front tire. This will be monitored by the pit boss assigned to the teams pit and completed after lap 2, 4, and 6. A wheel reversal consists of removing the front tire, rotating it, and then reattaching the front tire.