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Born on this day (27th - April)

Rudolf Schoeller

1902 - 1978


Count Carlo Felice Trossi

1908 - 1949


Russ Klar

1914 - 2005


Bob Bondurant

1933


Don Horvath

1935 - 1965


Helmut Marko

1943


Yves Courage

1948


Ari Vatanen

1952



Died on this day (27th - April)

1907 - 1949


Herbert Ernest Meyer

1892 - 1962


Gioacchino Colombo

1903 - 1987


Judy Ganley

1939 - 2007


Harry Firth

1918 - 2014



Roy Russing
Roy Russing
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UNITED STATES

Born
16 / 8 / 1910
Died
21 / 4 / 1946
One of the top drivers on the West Cost, Russing won over 40 midget features during his career

On March 1, 1936 a sizable earthquake struck the Los Angeles area. That night Roy Russing won the 200 lap season opener at the famous Gilmore Stadium before 12,000 fans. Russing won four more features that season before the track was cut from a 1/5 mile surface to a 1/4 mile.

One of the top drivers on the West Cost, Russing won over 40 midget features during his career and compiled a record of 19 at Gilmore. Included in the Gilmore record was the 1940 and 1941 Turkey Night Grand Prix 150 lap races.

Roy also won the Pacific Coast Championship in 1940 and ’41 and drove for such owners as Barry Snyder, Don Lee and Danny Hogan.

Russing purchased the first Kurtis Kraft Offy when it was completed in March of 1946. The teal #75 would become famous as the first Kurtis, but not with Roy Russing as the driver. On April 7 and April 14th of 1946 Roy drove the car in competition at Stockton, California. The next week while driving Bud Rose’s car Roy was killed in a practice crash.

Roy’s widow, Jo, continued to run the car with Gordon Cleveland as the driver.

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