Forrest Lucas

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Forrest Lucas
Lucas in 2011
BornFebruary 1942 (age 82)
Political partyRepublican
SpouseCharlotte Lucas (1982–present)

Forrest Lucas (born February 1942) is an American businessman, the founder of Lucas Oil.

Early life[edit]

Lucas was born in February 1942,[1] in Ramsey, Indiana, where he grew up, the eldest of four children.[2] His parents Raymond and Marie had a small farm in Elkinsville, where he and his three sisters lived in "rural deprivation".[3]

He was educated to a high school level.[4]


Lucas bought his first truck when he was 19, and his first semi-trailer at 21.[4] He got a job with Mayflower Transit. He built up a fleet of 13-14 trucks, and started freight brokerage. Following the deregulation of freight in 1980, he was the first to get a full licence to deliver freight in 48 states.[5]

In 1988, he founded Lucas Oil.[4] In 2018, he founded Forrest Films, a film production company.[6]

Protect the Harvest[edit]

Lucas is a founder of Protect the Harvest, a nonprofit organization which opposes "the radical animal rights movement" and particularly the Humane Society of the United States, which it calls "a wealthy and successful attack group".[7]

Personal life[edit]

His first wife "couldn't stand to save money ... she'd spend it as fast as I made it", and they divorced in 1969.[3]

He has been married to Charlotte Lucas since 1982, and they have seven children.[8]


  1. ^ "Forrest LUCAS - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". January 9, 2002. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. ^ "Forrest Lucas". Protect The Harvest. June 20, 2014. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Emmis Communications (January 2007). Indianapolis Monthly. Emmis Communications. pp. 107–111. ISSN 0899-0328.
  4. ^ a b c "The Interview Issue: Forrest Lucas | 2015-09-24 | Indianapolis Business Journal". September 26, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Babcock, Stephane (May 2, 2016). "Q&A: Forrest Lucas on Starting and Building Lucas Oil Products - Article". Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Hayes, Dade (December 19, 2018). "Lucas Oil Founder And Actor-Driver Ali Afshar Launch Forrest Films". Deadline. Retrieved September 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Beckel, Michael (May 29, 2014). "'Radical Animal Rights Movement' Gets New Foe". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Forrest Lucas: Entrepreneur Blends Success, Downhome Style". November 5, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2016.