Josef Hoppen, who founded JHM in 1990, was for years the head of Volkswagen of America's Motorsport and high performance activities.
successfully oversaw the winning North American competition efforts of Porsche, VW and Audi
Before accepting the position at VWoA, Hoppen worked as a Service Manager, Race Car builder and driver at the Porsche VW Dealership in Daytona Beach, winning several events, championships and factory awards.
came to America in 1957 after leaving the Porsche Factory Racing Department.
Educated in Germany, Hoppen joined Volkswagen of America in 1962 as an engineer, overseeing technical matters, quality control and warranty matters while also providing technical dealer support.
Hoppen soon found himself being asked to oversee Volkswagen of America's interests on the motorsport/performance front.
, this Porsche Audi motorsport involvement expanded to the IMSA and SCCA with Porsche Carrera, 924-944 turbo, 934 turbo, 935 turbo and finally 952 turbo programs with nearly 200 victories and countless Championships in Trans-Am, National & Regional races, Camel GT, GTO, GTU, GTX and Prototype events.
also started the Indy project for Porsche.
In addition to making all models champions, Hoppen
also made the Audi/VW powered 914 and 924 National Champions.
On the VW side, Hoppen
started making VW powered Dune Buggies Baja 500, Mint 400 and Baja 1000, winning products and National Champions.
made the GTI and Scirocco National Champions and introduced America's first one make Championships with the Scirocco Cup, Golf Cup and Bilstein Rabbit Cup.
Hoppen continued with Audi to develop specially prepared Quattro's for this event, winning six years from 1982 onwards with such drivers as John Buffum, Michele Mouton, Walter Rohrl and Bobby Unser.
masterminded the Quattro's AWD turbocharged entrance into the Trans-Am and GTO tours.
guided the engineers through the maze of U.S. regulations to produce cars that were able to achieve a strong advantage over their rivals in both championships.
While concentrating on these headlining opportunities, Hoppen
also oversaw Audi's involvement in SCCA Showroom Stock racing, where the 200 turbo Quattro proved itself a success with victories at such venues as Sebring and Road Atlanta.
of America's head, Hoppen
was key in helping to shape Audi
's entry into road racing competition arena, working with Audi engineers directly to create the kind of vehicles to make the brand a champion of this side of the Atlantic.
In the time since, Hoppen
has continued to use those relationships to form a partnership with Audi
's high performance engineers, as well as Volkswagen
counterparts and the leading Audi/VW tuners in Europe to create, develop and import the finest and most appropriate after market performance packages available for Audi and Volkswagen drivers.