Vintage racing provides fans with the opportunity to watch some of the greatest cars from yesteryear still competing on track against some of their contemporaries. Unfortunately, like any form of motorsports, racing in classics can never be completely safe, a reality sadly illustrated during this weekend's Lime Rock Park Historic Festival on Saturday, August 30.

Lee Duran, a 73-year-old racer from Lyme, CT, was in a single-vehicle accident in his 1934 MG PA Special on the final corner of the track. According to The Hartford Courant, his car spun, crashed and Duran was fatally injured. Track officials believe that this was the event's first fatality since it began 32 years ago. State police are also still investigating.

The crash came on the third day of the Lime Rock festival celebrating vintage cars and racing. According to the track schedule, the event was split among nine groups of various categories with over 30 races scheduled for the weekend.

Our condolences go out to Duran's friends and family.


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      Nick Ricci
      • 3 Months Ago

      For some people the risk to their life is a risk worth taking, others stay safe behind their keyboard. 

      Edsel
      • 3 Months Ago

      He was responsible for his own death but he died doing something that he loved. Unlike the father and his daughter who were killed in a head-on collision in my hometown. They were killed by an overdosing heroin addict driving an SUV. The heroine addict lived, btw. 

      It's far safer to race cars in a sanctioned event, on a racetrack, than it is to drive to the racetrack. 

        yonomo200
        • 3 Months Ago
        @Edsel

        "The heroine addict lived, btw."


        Good thing he did. You can never get enough Wonder Woman.


      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Months Ago

      May he rest in peace.

      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Months Ago

      At least he went out doing something he loved. 

      groingo
      • 3 Months Ago

      He died well, doing what he enjoyed, couldn't ask for better than that.

      delsolo1
      • 3 Months Ago
      Was he sharing the track with Tony Stewart?
      johnnyhedwardsjr
      • 3 Months Ago

      A respectable way to cash out. Better than stupid cancer or Alzheimer's. Go out with a bang with your name in the news. 

      Fazzster
      • 3 Months Ago

      Very sad. I was just leaving when this happened. It was most sad telling my kids the man died. It really put a dark cloud on the rest of the event. At least he was 73 and lived a relatively long life. One thing I can't stand hearing is "he died doing what he loved".

      Brodz
      • 3 Months Ago

      Not a bad way to go... not at all.

      Car Guy
      • 3 Months Ago

      There is nothing "respectable" about dying for something as frivolous as a hobby.  Supporting my family means more to me than indulging in a risky hobby.

      karlInSanDiego
      • 3 Months Ago

      Here's a photo of him and his MG PA Special
      http://www.sportscardigest.com/wp-content/gallery/lime-rock-vintage-festival-2010/mcd_3826.jpg

      FuelToTheFire
      • 3 Months Ago

      Senior citizens should NOT be driving, much less racing. End of story.

        edward.stallings
        • 3 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        Why, because they might die?  lol!  Only young healthy people should be allowed to risk their lives?  Fool to the fire!

          hemijohn
          • 3 Months Ago
          @edward.stallings

          This guy "Fuel to the Fire" has been trolling Autoblog comments section for years. I bet he is an old pedophile. Don't feed into his BS, he is a lonely bitter man with no real friends.

        FuelToTheFire
        • 3 Months Ago
        @FuelToTheFire

        AND the moron was driving a car from 1934. I'm sorry, I can't feel any sympathy for a guy who dies thought his own irresponsible actions, much like I don't feel any sympathy for a heroin addict who dies from an overdose.

          purplewonagain
          • 3 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire

          You are just a horrible human being. I cannot imagine that there is anyone in this world who loves you. 

          May God have mercy on your soul. 

          Nick Ricci
          • 3 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire

          Are you really that afraid of old cars?

          edward.stallings
          • 3 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire

          Nobody wants, needs or gives a crap about your sympathy.  The guys life expectancy, assuming he was an American, white male is only 76 years.  If he had to choose how to die, this would probably have been the way.

          delsolo1
          • 3 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire

          I feel the same way about the demise of Dale Earnhardt Sr, who refuse to wear the proper safety equipment going two hundred miles an hour

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