Baja Eve: Teams arrive, connect, tour labs

Published 05.16.2024

Photos by Rob Hinkal, social media specialist, and Alexandra Butler, photographer

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Wolfpack Motorsports, an engineering club from North Carolina State University, arrives on the Penn College campus and pauses for a group photo.

’Twas the night before Baja, when all across campus, teams rolled in, revving up happiness!

And so it begins! Penn College's main campus in Williamsport was hopping late Wednesday with pre-competition excitement.

Penn College’s Baja SAE team members were stoked to welcome the visitors and proud to show off their labs, including the Baja Room. Guests were impressed.

The 100+ teams competing in Baja SAE Williamsport will make their way to the competition site this morning. For more information, visit the event site

Team members from University of Wisconsin-Madison's Badger Racing oblige a photographer's request for a photo.
Johns Hopkins University is in the house (actually, the parking lot).
Shenanigans from the NC State Wolfpack
Under a pop-up tent, Georgia Tech makes a few last-minute tweaks to its car.
In the Baja Room: Penn College and Johns Hopkins students get acquainted.
Penn College alumnus and former Baja team member Clinton Bettner (on left) discusses an older car frame with Johns Hopkins' Ben Lehrer. Bettner has been serving as a consultant for the alma mater's team.
Talking shop in the Larry A. Ward Machining Technologies Center
Queens University students from Canada enjoy their tour. Team captains are Cleo Lazdar (far right) and Jacob Title (at center in darker gray Queens University shirt).
After traveling from Brazil, competitors Bruno Sabag (center) and Gabriel Nargin connect with Penn College's T.J. Bodei (on left).
Members of the Zips Baja Racing Team from the University of Akron (Ohio)
Working on the entry from Pittsburg State University (Kansas)
Team trailers are decked out in a colorful array of designs and mascots, like this University of Arizona wildcat.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Blue Jay Racing – Johns Hopkins University
And, of course, the home team's trailer!