Recently I had the opportunity to chat with my friend Riley Hopkins and was fascinated to hear that he recently qualified to participate in the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. This is the end-of-year championship race for the Sports Car Club of America Club Racing’s amateur competitors. Riley drives an open wheel car that belongs to the class called Formula Atlantic. Formula Atlantic cars are the fastest of the open wheel formula cars. But there’s more to the story. Back in 1984–30 years ago–Riley won the Formula Atlantic National Championship! And he did it driving the car you see pictured to the left. When he learned that this year’s championship would take place at the world-renowned Laguna Seca raceway, which was the exact course on which he won in 1984, he decided to dust off and rebuild the car and transporter and get back on the racing circuit. On Memorial Day he came in 2nd place in Seattle, over July 4th he came in 2nd in Portland and most recently over Labor Day weekend he placed 3rd in Topeka. Riley is looking forward to the October 12 race at Laguna Seca and he is hoping to repeat his championship title. We wish you the best of luck Riley and we’ll be following the results!