Mini 500

Ani Benge & Jack Crawford

Reck Club Homecoming Co-Chairs

Brandon Dobson

Mini 500 Sub-Chair

Josh Thrift

Mini 500 Sub-Chair


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5:30PM October 29th



The Tradition

The Mini 500 is an annual 8 lap tricycle race that takes place around Peter’s Parking Deck on the Friday afternoon before the Homecoming football game. It is one of Georgia Tech’s most unique traditions put on by Ramblin’ Reck Club since 1969. Teams consist of seven members: four racers and three pit crew who are responsible for maintenance and tire rotations. Each team is required to rotate their front tire three times throughout the course of the race, typically following the second, fourth, and sixth lap. All teams attempt to complete all 8 laps as quickly as possible without destroying their tricycle.

Sign Ups

Sign-Ups opened on Monday September 20th and will remain open until Friday September 24th. You can sign up here Before registering, be sure you’re logged in, and then press "Get Tickets." Scroll until you find Mini 500.

Tricycle Pickup

Tricycles will be distributed a few weeks prior to the race to allow for proper modification. Please keep an eye out regarding further communication of exact dates and pick up location.

Tricycle Modifications

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:

  • Changing out the front tire to be a larger and more reinforced tire
  • Adding padding to the seat and handlebars for your arms to rest on
  • Adding a foot stopper to the back of the tricycle

  • Race Day Info


    Check-In

    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). Teams should arrive with their racers, pit crew, tricycles, and any approved tools required for wheel rotations. Mini 500 shirts will be provided at your assigned pit.


    Racers

    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!


    Apparel

    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! In the spirit of ’Halloweekend,’ teams have the option to dress in costume. Please remember that the Mini 500 shirt should be able to fit over your costume.


    Pit Crew

    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.


    The Wheel Rotation

    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.


    Have any questions? Reach out to us at georgiatechmini500@gmail.com or rrchomecoming@gmail.com.

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