Hooptie Ride Driving Service was founded in Spring of 2001 by Virginia Tech alumnus David Robinson. Designed to provide students and other members of the local community with safe, reliable, smoke-free transportation, Hooptie Ride offers a convenient alternative to drinking and driving. Before founding Hooptie Ride, Robinson used as his daily driver a 1972 Buick Electra, which he customized and nick-named the "Purle People Eater." For months, Robinson provided free ride service in the "Purple People Eater" on weekend nights, accepting donations only. On March 1, 2001, Robinson received operating authority and Hooptie Ride began operations as a limited liability corporation.
Today, Hooptie Ride is your full-service transportation company, including expert service to regional airports. Hooptie Ride patrons enjoy riding in the luxurious stylings of customized automobiles, with service licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and backed by extensive liability coverage. In short, Hooptie Ride provides "Safety in Style," adding a unique touch of flair to the local party scene. The next time you go out, don't just get there...get there in style!
Since September 2008 The Blacksburg Hooptie Ride changed hands to its new owner Ken Jones. Ken is a long-time resident and Virginia Tech Alumni. His goal is to carry on the classic Hooptie Ride image of safe, reliable and stylish transportation while upholding respect for the velvet.