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NCC Volunteer Spotlight
Robert Hopkins
By Jack Raymond | Photos by Robert Hopkins and as credited
I
remember first meeting Robert at an
autocross a few years ago. Since then,
he has become an accomplished
driver as well as NCC's Tourmeister and
Secretary on our Board of Directors.
dBrecently had the good fortune to catch
up with Robert for this interview.
dB: How did you first become involved
with NCC BMW CCA?
Robert: In early 2014, I was fresh out
of college, I had a job to bankroll my
endeavors, and I was looking for a way to
scratch my autocross itch. I had picked
up this itch after participating in the
collegiate Formula SAE competition.
To summarize, you spend all your free time for three semesters building a car
with a team of other students, creating a Formula-style car to compete in a
series of drag races, skid pad exercises and autocrosses. I had gotten to the
end of this process, and after driving the FSAE car on a short practiceautocross
course that we set up, well, it had an effect on me (in a good way).
July I August
(Top) Here's Robert with his 2008 Honda S2000, photo by Dennis
Shyu. (Above) Out testing the Dash through the Mountains Tour
with the S2000, on a " nice day " , albeit a bit too cold for top
down weather.
I started talking about this new itch with
one of my coworkers, who is a CCA
member and had an E36 M3 - a '98
Alpine White four-door manual example
with 200k miles on the odometer.
He told me about the club's autocross
program. I went home and signed up for
the Spring Autocross School and drove
my bone-stock Honda Fit.
I initially focused on autocross
only, but once summer rolled around,
I started to attend the social events.
I enjoyed talking about cars, seeing all
the different BMWs and I liked this initial
taste of the culture of the club. It was a
nice place to come after a busy day at the
office to grab a drink, relax, and enjoy
good food with other people. After running the Honda Fit for an autocross
season and modifying it extensively, which just caused more frustration than
improvements in my lap times, I decided that I needed a faster car, so I traded
up for an S2000. I wasn't in a BMW yet, but I decided to dip my toe into the
water of RWD dynamics. I'll get to the BMW part of this story shortly.
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