UW-Madison Bucky Wagon Project

October 17, 2011

The Bucky Wagon at UW-Madison Homecoming 2011

Filed under: Bucky Wagon — Tags: , , , , — markonfire @ 11:10 am

Here’s a slideshow of all the fun we had over the weekend showing off the Bucky Wagon to students and alumni in Madison for homecoming celebrations.

From the murmurs in the crowd at the homecoming parade, it seems like a lot of students and alumni heard all about the new and improved Bucky Wagon’s journey to this its debut by reading and watching stories about it last week, and for that we owe great thanks to all the local media that helped get the word out:



Lots of very kind print stories were published as well: 
Wisconsin State Journal
Channel 3000
Channel 27
Appleton Post-Crescent
Fox 11 in Appleton
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

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October 12, 2011

Bucky Wagon: Ready for Launch

Filed under: Bucky Wagon — Tags: , , , , , — markonfire @ 3:03 pm

The Bucky Wagon made the trek back from Appleton on Monday. Now, only some last minute polish is necessary to get it ready for the big debut at the homecoming parade on Friday. Bower and his students had to clean bugs off the Bucky Wagon from its ride home on a trailer, and ride home on a trailer, and every so often a faculty member will stop by the garage to see what the finished wagon looks like with all the lights on at once. Students are still tinkering with things like the programmable message board at the top, and Bucky himself has yet to check out his new ride before the parade. But after a two year journey, the Bucky Wagon will finally be back in action soon.

The Bucky Wagon, with all the lights on high. Note the LED spotlight on the grill, just so Bucky remains visible even during night games.

The Bucky Wagon, with all the lights on high. Note the LED spotlight on the grill, just so Bucky remains visible even during night games.

Pierce Manufacturing didn't just stick this plaque in place in exchange for all their hard work–it's covering a small hold in the original body piece that was no longer necessary.

Pierce Manufacturing did not just stick this plaque in place in exchange for all their hard work–it is covering a small hold in the original body piece that was no longer necessary.

The new steering wheel is smaller, but still easier to handle than the old steering column.

The new steering wheel is smaller, but still easier to handle than the old steering column.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association and the College of Engineering give a huge thanks to Glenn Bower, his students and the corporate donors that all worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.

The Wisconsin Alumni Association and the College of Engineering give a huge thanks to Glenn Bower, his students and the corporate donors that all worked tirelessly to make this project a reality.

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