Back in 2015, disaster struck the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. While on a practice run Carl Sorensen went off track between the summit of the mountain and Devil’s Playground. Carl didn’t survive the crash, and his passing has change the Race to the Clouds forever. However, Carl isn’t the only hero of the mountain to be lost recently, and one such loss strikes home for the Colorado Law Tigers at the Metier Law Firm.
Heroes of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Back in the 1990’s, the Pikes Peak Hill Climb was a much different race. It was still regarded as one of the oldest races in the U.S., and it was considered one of the most dangerous. That was because the course was unpaved, yet cars and motorcycles still raced to the summit on dirt, rocks and gravel. It was in this exciting period of the race’s history that Charles (Chuck) Randall Hopper Sr. came to shine.
Chuck was from Brownsville, Texas but eventually came to Colorado to raise a family while pursuing his passion for automobiles and motorcycles. He became a motorcycle racer in the 1970’s, riding Pro AMA Motocross. It was in the 1980’s that Chuck started riding the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, and in 1994, he won the 250 Pro Motorcycle division! He finished the race on a Suzuki RM 250 with a time of 13.22.81.
On December 8, 2016, this champion passed away in his Colorado Springs home. He was survived by his wife, children and several grandchildren, some of whom are carrying on his racing legacy. Chuck’s sons—Chuck Jr. and Johnny—as well as his grandson—Randy—are all motorcycle racers too. Maybe someday, they will get to race and win the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb just like their predecessor.
On the day Chuck passed, the Metier Law Firm also lost a member of our family. Laura Hopper—Chuck’s wife—is the marketing agent for our firm and with the PPIHC firing up for 2017, we wanted to take a moment to remember this great man and his legacy.