John “Hawkeye” Hawkinson lived a simple life in a farm house with no running water, no electricity and little insulation.
The story of Hawkeye’s cars is the story of an eccentric collector of “all things beautiful” who shunned his family’s fortune for a simple, solitary life in the Adirondacks. Hawkeye was a master mechanic and an accomplished artist, photographer and writer. He was also a colorful character, perhaps best known locally for driving through Saranac Lake in midwinter with the top down in one of his Packards, wearing a raccoon-skin coat and smoking a corncob pipe.
His grandfather Amos Whitney co-founded the machine tool company Pratt and Whitney
Inside his barns were rows of beautiful 1920s cars, ackards, Buicks, Cadillacs and Pierce Arrows , as well as three fire trucks — one each from Saranac Lake, Lake Placid and Tupper Lake
some of the collection were a Packard roadster, a 1919 Mack truck, a 1930 Cadillac V12, two carriages, a sleigh, a 35-foot ladder truck and most are from the 1920s. Nothing newer than ’31. The oldest one was a 1919 Linn tractor
“Chasing Classic Cars” will focus on Hawkeye’s 1930 Minerva, with a Hibbard and Darrin body,