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Olin Hopes
Born: Amsterdam, NY

Olin Hopes met Red Vogt in 1950 and in 1963 began to work for him building engines, including a 1963 Sting Ray. In 1964 he went to work for Ray Fox, would get mad at Ray and go back to work for Red. Olin went back and forth between the two of them for several years. He also worked for Marshall Teague for a time. Later he would work for the Daytona Marine Engine Corporation at the old boat yard. He spent ten years there building engines for cigar boats. A few of the clubs he is involved with are: Living Legends of Daytona; Victory Lane Racing Association - Daytona; J. B. Days Birthday Party for Raymond Parks; GA Hall of Fame - Dawsonville, Back To The Roots - Daytona and Daytona Beach Street Rods.















Excerpt from the book 'Winning More Safely'


Editor: Information on Olin Hopes is surprisingly sparse on the internet. Please send any stories, facts, pictures to be added to this page HERE.



In Olin's right hand, he's holding a picture of a record-setting B Dragster as seen in the photo below

Record-setting B Class / Dragster with Olin Hopes driving (kneeling, right)
Actually ran against Big Daddy Don Garlits down in the Miami area in the 50's


Another Dragster with Olin Hopes driving.

Here's a story about Ray Fox who reportedly had a hot temper as told by Marvin Panch. The question is... who really had the hot temper?


What does Marvin Panch remember most about driving for Ray Fox? Fast cars and . . .

"He was hot-tempered," Panch laughed. "But he had good, fast engines."

Fox admits he was temperamental during his many years of competition. During a typical outburst, he yelled at his shop rats and tossed wrenches through windows and doors.

He even had a fistfight with an employee, Olin Hopes, that started in the parking lot of Fox Engineering and ended up in a garage bay.

Ray Fox Jr. and another employee watched in amusement as the two men exchanged blow after blow.

In the Ray Fox biography, Hopes remembers Ray Jr. shouting, "Hit him for me, Olin! Hit him for me!"

First speedway modified built by Olin Hopes. Driver: "Old Man Winters".
Notice Stephens Pontiac sponsorship, a later Smokey Yunick sponsor

Olin Hopes served as a crew member for Fireball Roberts (top right) at Bristol Speedway

1963 Split-window Corvette with Johnny Allen driving.
Ran in the Daytona Paul Revere 250 and the 12 Hour of Sebring
Also ran other road tracks in the south

Crewing the Jack Cook Late Model at New Smyrna Speedway (Olin 2nd from L)

Rare photo of the Buick Test at Daytona Intl. Speedway
(L to R) Larry Flynn, Bobby Johns, Tiny Lund, ____?___ (connected with Buick?), Larry Frank, Fireball Roberts, Marvin Panch (With Marvette and Richie)
Olin Hopes was a fueler on the project, showing the fuel transfer car (below) so the Buick's would not have to stop, all at 120 miles per hour!


Olin Hopes (L) - Ray Fox (R) - Replicar built by Olin Hopes of the 1961 Pearson Pontiac on display


Race-car builder Ray Fox in the driver seat of the re-creation of the '61 Pontiac Catalina-built by Fox and his crew mechanic, Olin Hopes -that won the '61Charlotte World 500, Firecracker 250, and Atlanta Dixie 400-all with Pearson as the driver.

David Pearson

Olin helped build this Junior Johnson repli-car. Picture in the Living Legends of Auto Racing in South Daytona, FL - Local sponsor was the Daytona Beach Kennel Club. The original car was built in only one week after an owner made a last minute request to run. Junior had not been asked to run until he got to Daytona.

Olin quoted in news article in 2006

Living Legends

Volunteers save history, keep alive stock-car racing's early days

February 15, 2006|By Ludmilla Lelis, Orlando Sentinel Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- Before NASCAR became a multimillion-dollar industry, the people who were a part of auto racing's earliest days never expected to make a mint.

There were no corporate sponsorships to fuel the sport. These pioneers usually had to scrape together what they could to put a car into the weekend races.

 “The money part is no comparison," said Rex White, a leading racer of his day and the 1960 national champion. "It was a lot of hard work, trying to win a race without spending a lot of money."

But it was the love of racing that kept them going back then. And it is the love of those good old days of racing that brings them together each year.

White, David Pearson -- another champion of his era -- and dozens of former drivers,  mechanics and car owners enjoyed a moment in the sun Tuesday during an afternoon beach parade on a bright but brisk afternoon, cruising the beach in their antique autos and restored racing cars.

It was a free show organized by the Living Legends of Auto Racing, a nonprofit band of volunteers who have scraped together what they can to keep the history of racing alive.

The Living Legends, along with the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse sponsor annual events at the lighthouse, which will feature several of the replicas and restored racing cars.

An annual parade is one of the biggest annual events for the Living Legends, founded in 1993 by the daughter of a race-car driver who tracked down others who had raced alongside her father. They had become forgotten pioneers from the early years of stock-car racing.

"NASCAR has gotten so big, and there are fans who don't know anything about the old timers who made the sport what it is," said Olin Hopes, a car fabricator and mechanic of race cars in the 1950s and 1960s.

Vicki Wood, whose claims to fame include being the first woman to drive at the Daytona speedway, agreed.

"It took a long time before they decided to do something to commemorate this history," she said.



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