Lindsey Hopkins Jr.

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Lindsey Hopkins Jr. (March 10, 1908 - February 14, 1986) was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. He built a career in commercial and industrial banking, owning homes in Miami and Atlanta, where he had close ties to Coca-Cola. He also owned a chain of hotels in the Bahamas.[1]

Lindsey Hopkins Jr.
Lindsey Hopkins .jpg
Born(1908-03-10)March 10, 1908
DiedFebruary 14, 1986(1986-02-14) (aged 77)
Atlanta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Known forCoca-Cola
Auto Racing
Banking
Northern Trust Corporation
Spouse(s)Dorothy Smith Hopkins
Parent(s)

Early life[edit]

Lindsey Hopkins Jr. was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1908. His father was the famous American businessman and philanthropist Lindsey Hopkins Sr.

Lindsey Hopkins Jr. attended the University of Georgia.

Mr. Hopkins was married to Dorothy Smith Hopkins, who was an accomplished pianist.

Business Activities[edit]

Racing[edit]

Lindsey Hopkins Jr. was an American sportsman car owner who continued entering cars at Indianapolis 500 races even when he could not obtain sponsorships. Through the years, Hopkins's entries did not always carry sponsorship nor did they need to as he was purported to be the second largest Coca-Cola stockholder but as costs of racing increased through the years, Hopkins found sponsors. A regular from 1951 through 1982, fielding as many as four cars in some years, he won 11 American Automobile Association or United States Auto Club National Championship races.[2][3][4] In 1971 the Hopkins team used a Kuzma rear engine chassis modified by the Kenyon brothers powered by a turbocharged Ford engine.[5]

Lindsey Hopkins’ first Indianapolis 500 car was a dirt track machine obtained from Lou Moore in June 1950. Henry Banks drove it to that year's American Automobile Association National title as well as to second place in 1951.

Longtime Lindsey Hopkins Racing driver Roger McCluskey won the 1972 Ontario 500 in Ontario, California, and the United States Auto Club National Championship in 1973. Hopkins's team of drivers included Jim Rathmann (second at Indianapolis in 1957 and 1959), Bill Vukovich, A.J. Foyt, Lloyd Ruby, Bobby Marshman, Don Branson, Tony Bettenhausen, Gary Bettenhausen, Wally Dallenbach, Pat O’Connor, and George Amick, among numerous others. He was inducted into the Indy 500 Hall of Fame.[6]

Lindsey Hopkins continued to live up to his role as a gentleman sportsman as he entered cars in the Indianapolis 500 up until his death in February 1986. Through the years, Hopkins never won the ‘500,’ and was touched by tragedy several times, first when Bill Vukovich died in 1955 behind the wheel of the Hopkins Special while leading the Indianapolis ‘500.’ [5] However, even his friend Bill's death has not dimmed Lindsey Hopkins’ appetite for racing. In his words: “Bill wouldn’t have wanted me to quit”.

Rabbit Hat Logo - Lindsey Hopkins

In addition, Hopkins was an accomplished amateur magician. As a result, his cars featured a logo of a top hat and “Thurston” the rabbit.

IndyCar wins[edit]

# Season Date Sanction Track / Race No. Winning Driver Chassis Engine Tire Grid Laps Led
1 1950 September 10 AAA Michigan State Fairgrounds Speedway (DO) 8 United States Henry Banks Moore Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone 3 12
2 1956 November 12 USAC Arizona State Fairgrounds (DO) 78 United States George Amick 1952 Lesovsky D Offenhauser L4 270 ci Firestone Pole 100
3 1957 July 4 USAC Lakewood Speedway (DO) 78 United States George Amick (2) 1952 Lesovsky D Offenhauser L4 252 ci Firestone 3 96
4 August 25 USAC Milwaukee Mile (O) 26 United States Jim Rathmann 1957 Epperly FE Offenhauser L4 252 ci Firestone 5 123
5 1959 April 4 USAC Daytona International Speedway (O) 16 United States Jim Rathmann (2) 1959 Watson FE Offenhauser L4 252 ci Firestone 2 35
NC April 4 USAC Daytona International Speedway (O) 16 United States Jim Rathmann 1959 Watson FE Offenhauser L4 252 ci Firestone 2 17
6 October 18 USAC Arizona State Fairgrounds (DO) 16 United States Tony Bettenhausen Kuzma D Offenhauser L4 252 ci Firestone 8 55
7 1962 November 18 USAC Arizona State Fairgrounds (DO) 1 United States Bobby Marshman 1961 Kuzma D Offenhauser L4 252 ci Firestone 4 21
8 1966 August 7 USAC Langhorne Speedway (O) 8 United States Roger McCluskey Eagle 66 Ford Indy DOHC V8 Goodyear 2 142
9 1968 August 17 USAC Springfield Mile (DO) 8 United States Roger McCluskey (2) 1961 Kuzma D Offenhauser L4 252 ci Goodyear 4 28
10 1972 September 3 USAC Ontario 500 (O) 14 United States Roger McCluskey (3) McLaren M16A Offenhauser L4t 159 ci Goodyear 8 40
11 1973 July 15 USAC Michigan (O) 3 United States Roger McCluskey (4) McLaren M16B Offenhauser L4t 159 ci Goodyear 4 29
Source:[7]
Lindsey Hopkins Letter
Lindsey Hopkins Letter

Football[edit]

Lindsey Hopkins Technical College

Auto racing was not Lindsey's only interest. In 1967 he and fellow car owner John Mecom Jr bought the new franchise of the New Orleans Saints football team. He was also part owner of the Atlanta Falcons.[3][8][9]

Coca-Cola Company[edit]

Lindsey Hopkins Jr. was elected to the board of the Coca-Cola Co. in March 1954 and filled the vacancy resulting from the death of Mrs. Lettle P. Evans.[10]

Real Estate[edit]

Lindsey Hopkins Jr. was President of Montauk Beach Company Inc.[11][12] Mr. Hopkins was also head of a corporation which owned and operated Coral Harbour, multi-million dollar club and residential development in the Bahamas.

Banking[edit]

Lindsey Hopkins Jr. founded Security Trust Company in 1938, which held the majority of the common stock and all of the preferred stock in the Montauk Beach Company. The firm provided trust and estate management services, but was not engaged in commercial banking functions. Security Trust Company was acquired by Nortrust Corp. of Chicago in December 1971 and became Northern Trust Bank of Florida.[13][14][15]

Roosevelt Hotel Miami (Lindsey Hopkins Technical College)[edit]

The construction of Roosevelt Hotel was started by Fred Rand, which was slated to be a $2,750,000 Hotel, and was supposed to have 560 rooms. However, the Roosevelt Hotel Project was left unfinished in 1926, and its unfinished walls and rude interior furnished a haven for hobos and the homeless of 10 years, while two hurricanes did their unsuccessful best to ruin it.

In 1936 the Roosevelt Hotel was acquired by Lindsey Hopkins Sr.,[16] Lindsey Hopkins Jr.'s father to both repair and finish. Over one million dollars was spent to complete the Roosevelt Hotel.[17][18]

Upon the passing of Lindsey Hopkins Sr., the building was sold for only $225,000 dollars to the Miami Dade Public Schools by Lindsey Hopkins Jr. and renamed in honor of his father.[19][20][21] Located in the heart of Miami's "Healthcare District", it is now known as Lindsey Hopkins Technical College.[22]

“Dad was a farm boy, from Reidsville, NC., and his first job brought him 50 cents a week. He wasn’t a college graduate, though he studied a little at Chapel Hill, at the University of North Carolina. He was a self-made man, and a self-educated man. He did a good job, because I have met few men who had, a better education – he read widely – he did it himself. The school that carries his name would have made him very proud.” [23]

— Lindsey Hopkins Jr.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "IRL: Indy 500 Hall of Fame inductees named". us.motorsport.com. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "The most persistent, yet hapless, Indy 500 entrant of them all - The Nostalgia Forum". The Autosport Forums. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Hopkins". Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Triplett, K., Triplett, K., & Triplett, K. (1970, January 01). Kevin Triplett's Racing History. Retrieved from http://triplettracehistory.blogspot.com/2016/01/
  6. ^ "HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES FOR 2015 FINALIZED - USAC Racing". www.usacracing.com. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "LINDSEY HOPKINS RACING". Motor Sport Magazine.
  8. ^ "Local Sportsman Lindsey Hopkins Co-Founded Saints". YES! Weekly. February 3, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  9. ^ https://www.si.com/vault/1965/07/12/606341/the-mayor-surrenders-atlanta
  10. ^ Hopkins Named by Coca Cola Board-News_Article__Miami_Herald_published_as_The_Miami_Herald___March_2_1954__p39
  11. ^ The East Hampton Star, East Hampton NY, June 27, 1957
  12. ^ THE EAST HAMPTON STAR. EAST HAMPTON. N. Y.. JUNE 28. 1956, Page 8
  13. ^ http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-histories/northern-trust-company-history/
  14. ^ Security Trust Moving in May-News_Article__Miami_Herald_published_as_The_Miami_Herald___January_3_1973__p25
  15. ^ Giant Bank Seeks Miami Trust Firm - News_Article__Miami_Herald_published_as_The_Miami_Herald___September_3_1971__p21
  16. ^ https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-xpm-1988-01-06-8801020020-story.html
  17. ^ Miami millions : the dance of the dollars in the great Florida land boom of 1925, Kenneth Ballinger, 1936[verification needed]
  18. ^ January 8, 1936 | Miami Herald | Miami, Florida | Page 1[verification needed]
  19. ^ Chief, BUDDY NEVINS, Miami Bureau. "THE END OF AN ERA". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  20. ^ "Aerial View from Miami Daily News Tower in 1930". August 31, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "Early 1950's - Lindsey Hopkins Education Building, home of Miami Technical High School and WTHS by Don Boyd". PBase. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  22. ^ https://www.pbase.com/donboyd/image/149165846
  23. ^ News Article - The Miami News (Miami, Florida - April 22, 1951 - page 62