Buckyball Racing Club: Past Events
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Race to the Poles

In the late 19th century, when humanity was pushing to discover the most obscure corners of Mother Earth, the Polar Ship Fram was built with unusual specifications to allow her survive, and keep her crew alive through, being trapped in the ice of the planet's polar seas. To celebrate the voyages of Fram and the explorers who sailed in her, Buckyball Racing Club brought you a race to the north and south pole stars, or as close as can actually be reached, calling along the way at stations named after the three expedition commanders.

Race to the Poles Results: Extreme Explorer class

Race to the Poles Results: Fram DBX class

 

Close Encounters

Close Encounters wass a race between some stations in rather low orbits, including the famously cloud-skimming Robert Aitken Orbital in Firdaus, a station which has seen an SRV make its way from the surface to dock there, and an asteroid base within the rings of a gas giant.

Close Encounters Results: Scout class

Close Encounters Results: Open Unlimited class

The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2018

The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2018 was a special live event for those attending Lavecon 2018.

The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2018: Results

Falling With Style: An SRV Base Jumping Festival

Back on Earth in the decades around the turn of the 21st century a thing called "base jumping" was a popular past-time for the spoiled and reckless (basically an urban underclass who dressed and spoke like they were poor yet could seemingly afford to hire helicopters to drop them at the top of mountains or spend weeks of voluntary unemployment travelling the globe looking for tall buildings to scale). The name "base jump" came from the acronym B(uilding) A(ntenna) S(pan) E(arth), things the base jumper would climb and then, you guessed it, jump off. Typically using parachutes or wing-suits to survive the fall, the objective was to have a "wild ride man!" and survive to make a cool video about it that could be shared on social media. Fast forward nearly 1500 years and we found ourselves parked on top of the 15km high mountain next to Smith Base in the Beta Sculptoris system thinking, well basically ... "let's do this thing!"

Falling With Style Results

The Galaxy's End: A Buckyball Pub Crawl

Buckyball Racing Club invited pilots to try their hand as designated pilot for the "Glorious Golden Kylie", a pub crawl visiting the bars in the home systems of seven of the galaxy's finest beverages, as well as four more rough-and-ready space bars, before finishing at the famous curry house The Galaxy's End in Ochoeng.

The Galaxy's End Results

Poisson d'Avril

One of ancient Earth's more intriguing customs took place on April 1st of each year when people would play pranks on their friends, typically by trying to trick them into believing outlandish claims. The gullible victim would be labelled an April Fool and the day was often referred to as April Fools' Day. In the country of France it was also popular for children to attempt to affix a paper cutout of a fish on to an adult's back without being noticed. Such a fish was known as the poisson d'avril, which can be literally translated as the April Fish.

Buckyball Racing Club celebrated the whimsical old tradition with a race between Poisson Orbital in the Kappa system and Poisson Enterprise in Trevakat. Racers had to visit four fish-themed stations along the way, and could earn bonus time by carrying out various optional challenges.

Poisson d'Avril Results

Chicken Run

In classic ride-testing style, Buckyball Racing Club invited pilots to pit their skills against landings on ever higher gravity worlds - with a few breakable objects on board, of course.

Chicken Run Results: Open Unlimited

Chicken Run Results: Healthy Hauler

The Medevac Memorial Challenge

With growing threats facing humanity throughout occupied space, the need for competent ambulance pilots has never been greater. In conjunction with the teaching institution at Harris Hospital, Buckyball Racing Club presented a test of skill for interstellar ambulance pilots and speed enthusiasts of all kinds.

The Medevac Memorial Challenge Results: Dolphin

The Medevac Memorial Challenge Results: Experimental

The Last Gasp

This race came with a challenge; to get as far as you can, and back to the start, without life support and before your oxygen runs out. It was an event that left racers gasping for every last bit of speed!

The Last Gasp Results

 

Land of Hope and Glory

Land of Hope and Glory was a short scramble around the iconic abandoned settlement of Dav's Hope.

Land of Hope and Glory Results

Hermaszewksi Celebration Race

As a special event in conjunction with The Winged Hussars, to mark their second anniversary, we presented a race in celebration of Mirosław Hermaszewski, the first (and so far, only) Polish astronaut.

Hermaszewksi Celebration Race Results: Adder Class

Hermaszewksi Celebration Race Results: Free For All

Yggdrasil

Buckyball Racing Club brought you a race in honour of the ancient norse religion originating from the northern part of the European continent on Earth. Racers were invited to try two courses: one as a bird seeking to beat Ratatoskr, the squirrel who runs up and down the world tree Yggdrasil to carry messages between the eagle and the hawk Veðrfölnir (both perched atop Yggdrasil) and the dragon Níðhöggr; the other to slither around the nine worlds as a snake.

Yggdrasil Results

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing

Long time Buckyball racing fans and notorious mobsters jovial entrepreneurs Anthony "Fat Tony" Lonnegan and Enoch "Little Nuk" Lonnegan - aka the Lonnegan Brothers - invited racers to join them for a week-long festival of Buckyball racing at Brash Orbital in the beautiful Siren system. Festival events included a traditional short range scramble around nearby stations, a quick lap of the bubble for longer range racers and trips out to the Wasat Cup Rally course in neighbouring Wasat for those who prefer to fly things with eight wheels. The festival also featured The Ironbucky Trophy, for crazy racers who think they can run all three events back to back without repairs, and the return of viewers' favourite The Lonnegan Brothers' Scale of Hotness.

Ironbucky Trophy

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Ironbucky Trophy

Open Unlimited

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Open Unlimited Overall

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Open Unlimited Station Scramble

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Open Unlimited Bubble Tour

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Open Unlimited Wasat Rally

Cobra Classic

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Cobra Classic Overall

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Cobra Classic Station Scramble

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Cobra Classic Bubble Tour

Fat Tony's Festival of Racing Results: Cobra Classic Wasat Rally

The Lion's Back

The Lion's Back was a simple run across the major star systems of the constellation known as Leo, with a bit of variety of waypoints along the way.

The Lion's Back Results: Open Unlimited

The Lion's Back Results: Regulation Adder

Prison Brake

Penal colony authorities across Federal and Independent space are concerned by analysis of the automated Incoming Traffic Profiler and Threat Assessment Network which has highlighted the possibility for a skilled pilot to bring a ship fast enough inside the security perimeters, sabotage prison structures or pick up escapees and flee before the prison defenses even had a chance to react. Even the most accurate simulations can't compare with live testing on the field though, so the need has arisen to find a way to repeatedly stress the automated systems with live incoming ship traffic. As a result, Buckyball Racing Club brought you Prison Brake, including a landing on the (in)famous moon Mitterand Hollow!

Prison Brake Results: Eagle Regular

Prison Brake Results: Open Unlimited

Armed and Dangerous

In the interests of increasing awareness of the long arms (colloquially known as "doom hammers") at Viete Colony and Bushkov Dock, Buckyball Racing Club brought you a short race between the two.

Armed and Dangerous Results: Adder Special

Armed and Dangerous Results: Open Unlimited

Double Action Jackson

The Buckyball Racing Club, sponsored by MetaDrive Inc., presented an event to test the mettle of even the most reckless courageous racers! Seeking information on the effects and mechanics of Frame Shift Drive Supercharging, pilots were invited to swing around and through Jackson's Lighthouse, the bubble's best-known neutron star. This event also commemorated beloved science fiction hero Doctor Daniel Jackson's original discovery of the first "Stargate," by passing through stations Carter and O'Neill.

Double Action Jackson Results

 

The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2017

The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2017 was a special live event only available to those attending Lavecon 2017.

The Lavecon Buckyball Race 2017 Results

Nebulocity

In recent years racers have seen significant improvements made to their vehicles, and humanity has been pushing the boundaries of the bubble farther and farther, some organisations even establishing stations in the deepest regions of space. In celebration of all that human progress the Buckyball Racing Club hosted Nebulocity, which started at the newly constructed Rebuy Station in the Fullerene C60 system, and took racers on a whirlwind tour of four nearby nebulae, some familiar and others less so.

Nebulocity Results

The Aquarian Job

The Buckyball Racing Club partnered one more time with Clayakarma Electronics, for the promotion of their upcoming motion picture "The Aquarian Job", a modernized reboot of the 30th century original classic "The Lavian Job". Participating members were involved in a promotional race covering the main locations of the events portrayed in the movie; namely, the populous London Relay in the iconic Epsilon Indi system, the solitary Bridger Town planetary outpost in Chi Herculis, and the far-flung Cooper Arena settlement in the 241 G. Aquarii system, around which the main movie plot revolves.

The Aquarian Job Results: Adder Fodder

The Aquarian Job Results: Open Unlimited

The Aquarian Job Results: Big Air Challenge

The Aquarian Job Results: Frequent Flyer's Club

Heavy Metal Results

Advanced Options

Buckyball Racing Club welcomed pilots to Haisheng Orbital in Noatiaca, for a short and simple circuit of the local systems. Simple, that is, aside from a variety of hilarious options available to improve the recorded time.

Advanced Options Results: Unlimited Class

Advanced Options Results: Old-School Cool Class

Tunnel Vision

Buckyball Racing Club took to the tunnels, with a series of close encounters with military and civilian installations, as well as buzzing both Federal and Imperial dockyards, including a bonus for getting larger ships through the tunnels.

Tunnel Vision Results

Swoop 'n' Scoop

As a quick warm up to a new season of racing, Buckyball Racing Club invited pilots to a quick swoop and scoop in Orrere. This was a planetary surface race which tested supercruise, orbital cruise, landing and SRV driving skills as pilots swooped down to the surface of Orrere 2 B and scooped cargo from the wreckage of a crashed ship. For added excitement racers could play their Win it or bin it joker card to earn a time bonus if they dared to fly without shields or hull reinforcements.

Swoop 'n' Scoop Results

 

Grom In 60 Seconds

The Buckyball Racing Club is pleased to announce that it has been granted an exclusive contract to fly stunt vehicles for a new remake of H. B. Halicki's classic 20th century motion picture Gone in 60 Seconds, which is being produced by Clayakarma Electronics Partners. The studio will record the action using the same telepresence technology installed in fighter bay hangars equipped on ships such as the legendary Keelback, providing audiences with the most immersive virtual reality experience ever. Pilots with recording hardware installed aboard their ships will fly stunts which can be relived by anyone with a telepresence playback unit as though they were part of the action themselves. Club members were asked to participate in up to three scenes in which the protagonist must steal either a small, medium or large ship from nearby stations.

Grom In 60 Seconds Results

Kick the Alien

The Alien shipwrecks have been scanned, mapped, photographed, recorded, refuelled, patrolled, defended, mined, worshipped and shot at. It's time for the Buckyball Racing Club to step in and do their thing.

Kick the Alien Results

Day of the Dead Stars

Buckyball Racing Club paid homage to the dead... stars, that is, with a race around seven white dwarfs.

Day of the Dead Stars Results

Alphabet of Science

For many centuries we, humankind, have reaped the benefits of the work of a few, talented people. This race ran to honour a handful of these people.

Open Unlimited

Alphabet of Science Results: Open Unlimited

Open Stock

Alphabet of Science Results: Open Stock

Cinco Maxxxxxer Mixer

The Buckyball Racing Club, sponsored by Drinx Inx, presented an event to test route plotting, silent smuggling, and crazy SRV acrobatics skills to the limit with the most turnt racing action you'll find anywhere outside Jaques' mysterious stills! (have you ever been inside one?)

Cinco Maxxxxxer Mixer Results

BURNOUT!

While there are many stations throughout The Bubble with "fast" in their name, Fast Ring in the Manktas system is the only large starport among them. As such, they earned the right to host the fastest race ever organized by the Buckyball Racing Club: a simple jump out and back with the added challenge of burning as much fuel as possible.

Burnout Results

Heavy Metal Megadeth

Following a spate of reported crash landings on high gravity planets, it was decided to do a bit of testing with pushing ships to their maximum tolerance during high-g landings. Pilots were invited to gather in the Dog and Thargoid bar, Cook Gateway, Medzistha, for a quick plummet.

Heavy Metal Megadeth Results

Total Recall 2

Once again we teamed up with TrakMark tyre company to organise a stress test of SRV tyres around some rather challenging base locations...

Total Recall 2 Results

Glorious Bast-erds

On 30th June 3301 Newton Dock in the BD-02 4304 system was quarantined due to the outbreak of a plague of unknown origin. The Cerberus Plague eventually spread to over 20 systems and claimed 100,000 lives. Thanks to a massive effort by a group of independent pilots, a cure synthesised from Ceremonial Heike Tea was discovered and used to treat plague victims at Hart Station in the Bast System. This cure was then mass produced and shipped to other infected systems. On 10th August 3301 the last infected systems were declared to be free of the Cerberus Plague.

In tribute to the heroic efforts of those glorious BAST-erds and Ceremonial Tea Baggers one year before, the Buckyball Racing Club hosted a racing event at Hart Station involving a scramble around nearby medicine production facilities and a speed run to Brunel City, Heike.

Glorious Bast-erds Results: Unlimited

Glorious Bast-erds Results: Regulation Cobra

The Long Haul

Jaques Station, the famous moving starport, put out a call for supplies to help with repairs following the aborted jump to Beagle Point. This was no simple task, with a supply line stretching nearly 22,000 light years. Speed was of the essence to meet Jaques' demand in time to get the best rewards, so what better opportunity for a race? Buckyball Racing Club called on all traders, haulers, explorers, racers and pilots everywhere to show what they can do, all in the aid of helping this far-flung outpost of humanity.

The Long Haul Results: Unlimited

The Long Haul Results: Classic

The BuckyBubble

In celebration of the first birthday of the Buckyball Racing Club came one of the craziest races yet: the BuckyBubble! Starting from Wolf 359, the route passed through 60 systems drawing out the shape of a buckyball.

The BuckyBubble Results

Fly Me To The Moon

In celebration of the 1333rd anniversary of the legendary first human landing on the Earth's Moon, the historical re-enactment society "Ex Luna Scientia" partnered with the famous Buckyball Racing Club to organize a commemorative race, in the form of one their trademark "Midweek Madness" events.

Fly Me To The Moon Results: Open Unlimited

Fly Me To The Moon Results: Eagle Lander

Multi Ship Madness

Studies revealed that it's more profitable for shipyards, starport operators and insurance companies if pilots own and operate multiple vessels. This induced Wolf 562 Major Inc. and Cookiebot Industries to host a short race over two laps that required pilots to fly two different ships.

Multi Ship Madness Results

4001: A Space Odyssey

Recent events in the Altais system involving the discovery and subsequent disappearance of a large monolith on Altais 2B led Manager Garret Bryant of Altais Industries to request the Buckyball Racing Club to organise an "event" to draw attention to the plight of the system and help boost local businesses – especially drinking establishments.

4001: A Space Odyssey Results

 

Musical Science

The annual Galactic Battle of the Bands festival was held as ever at the Piano Ring in the Bang system. For an additional attraction, pilots were invited to give chartered flights around some musically inspirational stations. All the headline acts signed up, so this was a chance to mingle with the stars.

Musical Science Results

Old World Hustle

Buckyball Racing Club and Elite Racers presented a crossover event which tested supercruise, speed docking and aerobatic skills in the hottest racing action this side of the Xexedi Cluster! Pilots were invited to hustle over to Lave for a race between, and looping around, the classic stations of the Old Worlds.

Open Unlimited

Old World Hustle Open Unlimited Podium
Old World Hustle Open Unlimited Results

Regulation Eagle

Old World Hustle Regulation Eagle Podium
Old World Hustle Regulation Eagle Results

Buggyball: Jailbreak!

In honour of the incarcerated buckyballer Igor Coblimski, currently serving 20 years hard labour at Zalyotin Penal colony in Ao Kang for repeated speeding offences, the Buckyball Racing Club organised an SRV rally race of 90km from Zalyotin Penal Colony to Wells Relay, with 10km and 30km classes available for those with less time.

Jailbreak Results

The Bucky Files: Case of the Missing Comet

Pareco has plenty of stations, but where are the planets? The Case of the Missing Comet invited racers to get a fast ship and head over there for a couple of laps of the system to see whether their travels could shed any light on the mystery.

Main Leaderboard

Case of the Missing Comet Results

Shieldless Stock Sidewinders

Case of the Missing Comet Shieldless Stock Sidewinders Results

Second Star Relay

Buckyball Racing Club was pleased to welcome racers new and old to its very first team event! Teams of three were invited to wing up and show their racing prowess in a relay race round a short lap.

Second Star Relay Results

The Kessel Run, Episode II

The Kessel Run returns! A different end point led to a change of routes, but the challenge remained the same - to call at each and every starport and outpost named Kessel.

Open Unlimited

The Kessel Run Results, Open Unlimited Class

Regulation Cobra mkIII

The Kessel Run Results, Regulation Cobra Class

Beggar's Canyon LIVE

As a special event to mark May the 4th, pilots were invited to join in live canyon racing at Beggar's Canyon on the surface of Okinura 2a.

Beggar's Canyon Results

Swift-Walker Econ Sprint

An easy-to-run, very fast race to keep racers occupied while waiting for the Kessel Run Episode II, the Swift-Walker Econ Sprint added a slightly different challenge - use an economical route, and keep the fuel consumption up!

Swift-Walker Econ Sprint Results

Total Recall

Total Recall was an opportunity to demonstrate ship and SRV handling skills in one go, taking pilots between and across four planets in four different systems.

Total Recall Results

Spring Break

Grant Academics, whose slogan is 'We Make Learning Easy', partnered with the Buckyball Racing Club to provide students with chauffeurs during the Spring Break vacation. Commanders showed off their piloting skills while escorting students from the Exigus campus to the biggest tourism hotspots in the region.

Spring Break Results

Buckey Ball Raleigh

Three stations. Three days. This was no ordinary Buckyball Rally. This was Midweek Madness. This was Buckey Ball Raleigh! Instructions were simple: "Dash from Buckey Ring in NLTT 57216 via Ball Dock in CD-37 641 to Raleigh Terminal in Ross 720. Observe the fuel restrictions in force for the race. Do not observe the speed limit."

Buckey Ball Raleigh Results

Secret Scramble

A simple scramble race - from the start point, visit any 6 stations from a list of 12 choices, and return to the start. Only this was a secret scramble - until it was over, nobody was told what ships or routes were being used...

Secret Scramble Final Leaderboard

Buggyball: The Wasat Cup

The first in an occasional series of shorter Mid-Week Madness events brought planetary surface racing in the form of Buggyball! The Wasat Cup was offered as a prize for a 50km surface race from Elwood Camp to Ferguson Prospect.

Wasat Cup Final Leaderboard

Turbo Hour

Turbo Hour was a timed endurance race in the style of the ancient 20th century automobile races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Racers competed to see who could fly the greatest distance in a limited time, looping between a set number of stations in the order of their choosing. Competitors who were daring enough to fly without shields could play their single-use "Win it or bin it" joker card to earn valuable extra minutes on the course.

Turbo Hour Winner Turbo Hour Runner Up

Turbo Hour Best Lap Speed Turbo Hour Best Average Lap Speed
Turbo Hour Best Lap Time Turbo Hour Best Average Lap Time

The Art of Pandemonium

Are you easily amused? Do you enjoy crashing into ships, stations and/or planets? Are you gullible enough to take part in a race set by a slightly mad ex-engineer with no relevant qualifications? If so, this was the race for you!

The Art of Pandemonium Results: The Short Circuit, Open Unlimited

The Art of Pandemonium Results: The Short Circuit, Sidewinder Challenge

The Art of Pandemonium Results: The Black Sheep

The Art of Pandemonium Results: The Token Ring

The Art of Pandemonium Results: Overall Winners

 

My True Love Sent To Me

My True Love Sent To Me was a race to get the right collection of rare goods back to Windt Terminal in time for an amazing party early in the new year.

My True Love Sent To Me Results: Albatross Class

My True Love Sent To Me Results: Buzzard Class

My True Love Sent To Me Results: Falcon Class

My True Love Sent To Me Results: Wren Class

Escape Velocity

Buckyball Racing Club requested aid in testing the durability of the new planetary approach suites. These might now have been made available to the majority of independent pilots, but will they really stand up to repeated fast planetary approaches and departures? There was only one way to find out...

Escape Velocity Results Table

The Mischief Mile

Can you fly across the most populated part of the galaxy without running out of fuel? Do you know where the Fuel Rat Mischief is based? Where do most Commanders run out of fuel in the galaxy? All these questions were answered with this rat race from one side of civilised space to the other.

Regulars

Mischief Mile Regulars Class Results Table

Crazies!

Mischief Mile Regulars Class Results Table

The Kessel Run

In commemoration of the classic audiovisual entertainment series from the 20th and 21st century, the inaugural Kessel Run was a race from George Lucas to Jabbah, calling on the way at every station and outpost named "Kessel".

Open Unlimited

Kessel Run Open Unlimited Results Table

Regulation Sidewinder

Kessel Run Regulation Sidewinder Results Table

Regulation Cobra

Kessel Run Regulation Cobra Results Table

Bump n Grind Outpost Dash

All the fun of the fair but without the senseless goldfish death or overpriced candy-floss, the Bump'n'Grind Outpost Dash was a race around a circuit of outpost landings.

Bump'n'Grind Outpost Dash Results Table

Border Hopping

Set in between Empire and Federation space, the Border Hopping circuit was a quick route across the borders between civilisations, powers, and factions.

Border Hopping Results Table

The Ice-Cool Truckers Bootlegger Challenge

The biggest rare-goods hauling event of the year, to prepare for the biggest party of the year (in Alacarakmo, anyway).

Bootlegger Challenge Results Table

Best Trader League Results Table

The Mrs Lonnegan's Ultimate Spa Weekend Trophy

BRC Warm Up Race 01

From Ohm Horizons in HIP 29312, could you visit all of the Seven Sisters and be back before the bar shuts?

Pleiades Hip Hop leaderboard

The Black Riband

Are you the best smuggler in the galaxy? Prove it, then...

The Black Riband is an ongoing challenge to smuggle eight of the hottest rare goods across the width of the bubble, seeking to beat the current record holder. See this forum thread for full details.