Tragedy at the Lime Rock Historics: Lee Duran, 73, Dies in Crash

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We mentioned a few weeks ago that vintage racing is incredibly fulfilling, but is also fraught with the very real consequences of high-speed driving. According to and the Hartford Courant, Lee Duran, 73, of Lyme, Connecticut was pronounced dead at Sharon Hospital of unspecified injuries after a single-car accident in his 1934 MG PA Special at the Lime Rock Historics.


Press officer Rick Roso said that Duran lost control of his car in the Downhill turn, which then flipped over and came to a rest upside down.

Gene Mann, a spectator from Bayville, N.Y., told the New London Day that he was seated in the hospitality area during the race, and saw the accident at the last turn of the lap.

“It was the opening (of the) turn and he lost control,” Mann told the Day. “The car flipped on the track and unfortunately, it looked to me that his belts were loose.” 

The Day’s article noted that Duran was a self-employed, retired architect and entrepreneur who later went on to design hydraulic systems. His wife Judith said that he had been racing cars for 50 years.

“Lee Duran was a name that we would see virtually every year at the historic festival,” Roso told the Hartford Courant. “I know he has been racing his whole life.”

State police said the crash remains under investigation.

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  1. Correction* he was 73 not 78 years of age.

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