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Virginia Tech Inc.

26 Prices Fork Rd.

Blacksburg, Virginia,24061

United States

Company Description

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech is the most comprehensive university in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is among the top research universities in the nation. Today, Virginia Tech's nine colleges are dedicated to quality, innovation, and...more

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Hooptie Ride offers taxi service with a twist

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David Robinson, founder of the company, has three vehicles running - the purple Electra, a gold Cadillac Sedan Deville and a lime green van he calls the "Mystery Mobile," reminiscent of the Mystery Machine in the old Saturday cartoon "Scooby Doo." "I try to go with a different style that you don't see all the time," Robinson said.The company name comes from the cars - Robinson said the term hooptie means "big old car." "You get dropped off VIP style," Robinson said. But Hooptie Ride is about more than riding in style.Robinson said his service, which runs primarily after 7 p.m., is an alternative to driving after drinking. "We are specializing in being a designated driver service," he said."When we get them out, we feel responsible for getting them home safely." Robinson said getting intoxicated people home can be a tough job at times. Drivers must travel with loud people in the vehicle, and make sure no one brings an alcoholic drink on board because the driver could face penalties under Virginia law. But few customers seem to mind. Robinson said he is not in business to compete with Blacksburg's other cab companies, although Hooptie Ride does offer airport services. Robinson also holds a certificate of public convenience, which allows him to carry up to 15 passengers in a vehicle.The standard cab certificate allows for six passengers. Catering to groups is a specialty of Hooptie Ride.Robinson works with fraternities and sororities at Virginia Tech during special events.He tries to make it more than just a ride. "When you pull up, people are checking you out," Robinson said."There is a local pop culture behind it." Jason Swayze, a "virgin rider" as Robinson called him, agreed."You can get a picture of you and your buddies to remember the night," Robinson said. Also on the Web page, one can see Holmes, an English bulldog and the official Hooptie Ride mascot. Robinson keeps his job fun, but is serious when it comes to safety.He said the size of his cars and their heavy frames contribute to their excellent safety records.Robinson also said drivers are never in a hurry to get where they are going."There is no need to hurry in a Hooptie," he said. Robinson and two other drivers keep the business rolling.With Hooptie Ride, he said, customers will not have to wait more then 15 minutes and there is normally a car around the corner.It is not just a service for Virginia Tech students, he said, although they have been the primary users. Rides are $2 for groups and $5 for individuals, though pricing is different for special services. Robinson said his business is not making money yet, though it is supporting itself. Robinson is on the lookout for a fourth car, although he is not sure what it will be or when it will be purchased."I will know it when I see it," he said. As for the future Robinson said he would like to see Hooptie Ride franchises in other college towns. "If done properly, we could go a long way with this," he said. On the Net: www.hooptieride.com Click here for today's headlines.Click here for the past seven day's headlines.


Roanoke Times/roanoke.com Archives

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David Robinson, founder of the company, has three vehicles running - the purple Electra, a gold Cadillac Sedan Deville and a lime green van he calls the "Mystery Mobile," reminiscent of the Mystery Machine in the old Saturday cartoon "Scooby Doo.
"I try to go with a different style that you don't see all the time," Robinson said. The company name comes from the cars - Robinson said the term hooptie means "big old car." "You get dropped off VIP style," Robinson said. But Hooptie Ride is about more than riding in style. Robinson said his service, which runs primarily after 7 p.m., is an alternative to driving after drinking. "We are specializing in being a designated driver service," he said. "When we get them out, we feel responsible for getting them home safely." Robinson said getting intoxicated people home can be a tough job at times. Robinson said he is not in business to compete with Blacksburg's other cab companies, although HooptieRide does offer airport services. Robinson also holds a certificate of public convenience, which allows him to carry up to 15 passengers in a vehicle. The standard cab certificate allows for six passengers. Catering to groups is a specialty of HooptieRide. Robinson works with fraternities and sororities at Virginia Tech during special events. He tries to make it more than just a ride. "When you pull up, people are checking you out," Robinson said. "There is a local pop culture behind it." Jason Swayze, a "virgin rider" as Robinson called him, agreed. "You can get a picture of you and your buddies to remember the night," Robinson said. Also on the Web page, one can see Holmes, an English bulldog and the official HooptieRide mascot. Robinson keeps his job fun, but is serious when it comes to safety. He said the size of his cars and their heavy frames contribute to their excellent safety records. Robinson also said drivers are never in a hurry to get where they are going. "There is no need to hurry in a Hooptie," he said. Robinson and two other drivers keep the business rolling. With HooptieRide, he said, customers will not have to wait more then 15 minutes and there is normally a car around the corner. It is not just a service for Virginia Tech students, he said, although they have been the primary users. Rides are $2 for groups and $5 for individuals, though pricing is different for special services. Robinson said his business is not making money yet, though it is supporting itself. Robinson is on the lookout for a fourth car, although he is not sure what it will be or when it will be purchased. "I will know it when I see it," he said. As for the future Robinson said he would like to see Hooptie Ride franchises in other college towns. "If done properly, we could go a long way with this," he said. Robinson (left), founder of HooptieRide, greets his passengers with Ride taxi service: proprietor David Robinson (center), drivers Josh


Company History | Hooptie Ride

hooptieride.com [cached]

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.


Company History | Hooptie Ride

hooptieride.com [cached]

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.


hooptieride.com

Email David Robinson directly if you're interested in licensing opportunities: hooptierideweb@hotmail.com


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