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Russell Clifford Durant

Also Known As: "Cliff"
Birthplace: Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, United States
Death: October 30, 1937 (46)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Billy C. Durant and Clara Miller-Durant-Bottler (Pitt)
Husband of Lena Pearl Durant; Lea Durant and Charlotte Durant
Ex-husband of Adelaide Pearl Rickenbacker
Brother of Private and Margery Pitt Durant

Occupation: Racecar driver
Managed by: Private User
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About Russell Clifford Durant

Russell Clifford "Cliff" Durant was an American racecar driver. He was the son of William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors. His wife Adelaide Pearl Frost (1885-1977), whom he married September 1, 1911, was a singing star who later married Eddie Rickenbacker. Durant had four wives: Pearl, Adelaide Pearl Frost, Lea Gapsky, and Charlotte Phillips.

He was a co-owner and president of the Beverly Hills Speedway (1920–1924), a board track located where the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is today. Jack Prince designed the track; Cecil B. DeMille was another co-owner. In its day it rivaled the Indianapolis Speedway.

In May 1923 Durant shattered eight world speed records for events 75 miles (121 km) and under at the Beverly Hills Board Track.

In 1919 he was named the “Pacific Coast Champion”, winning the Santa Monica Road Race. He competed at many tracks and events around the country, including Elgin, Tacoma, Cactus Derby, Corona, and the Indy 500 from 1919 to 1932. In 1923 Cliff had the largest fleet of cars (6) to ever participate in the Indy 500 until modern times. He came in 7th that year.

Cliff Durant was the financial backer of the famous Harry Miller racing engines which dominated the racing world in the 1920s–30s.

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Russell Clifford Durant's Timeline

November 26, 1890
Flint, Genesee County, Michigan, United States
October 30, 1937
Age 46
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles County, California, United States