Hedge fund manager Lauren C. Templeton is following family tradition in more than just her professional life.
With Sir John Templeton as a great-uncle and a father who was passionately interested in the markets, Ms. Templeton was a natural to enter the money management field. She has been investing in stocks since she was 7 years old and now is a principal of Templeton Capital Management LLC, Atlanta, which manages about $120 million — Sir Templeton is an investor in the firm's quantitative market-neutral strategy. Ms. Templeton is even engaged to a hedge fund analyst.
But a shared family appetite for speed that has drawn Ms. Templeton into the close-knit world of car racing. Her grandfather, Harvey Templeton, Sir Templeton's brother, raced until he was 80 years old and invented much of the racing technology still used today, such as zero roll suspension. Her grandmother, father and an uncle all are or were race drivers. Ms. Templeton said her father, Handly C. Templeton, still drives a 1976 Formula Ford car called HR 7260, named for the 1935 Social Security Act.
Ms. Templeton has completed race-driving school, participated in mock races through the Sports Car Club of America, and is in the process of buying her first race car, which requires a different decision-making process than selecting a street sedan. "You decide how fast you want to go, and you pick a car that way," she said.