Ron grew up in Southern California during the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Since he was a young boy, Ron had a keen interest in cars, especially racecars. As a teenager, he was quite active in the Dry Lakes Racing and Bonneville Land Speed Record Racing.
In 1964, Ron and a partner set a Bonneville speed record in a C/Gas Roadster using Chrysler power in a 1932 Ford roadster. Ron’s racing interests carried him through the 1970’s campaigning a Chrysler powered Gas Dragster.
Ron’s love for Fuel Altereds began during the racing tour of 1970, while living in Chicago, the racers used his home as a base of operations.
Ron Hope now lives in Franklin, TN with his wife of fourty-four years, Dianne. Together, they have raised six children and enjoy making their home in Franklin. In addition to owner and full time driver of the Rat Trap AA Fuel Altered, he is also very active in Bonneville Land Speed Record events, driving a modified sports racer.