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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Eddie Rickenbacker


The New York Times
September 3, 1922

American Ace to Marry Mrs. Adelaide Durant in New York Sept. 14.

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 2.-Edward V. Rickenbacker, former automobile racer and American overseas aviator, announced here today that he would be married in New York Sept. 14 to Mrs. Adelaide Durant, divorced wife of S. C. (Cliffe) Durant, automobile manufacturer and once a racing driver.  They expect to sail for Europe Sept. 16 on the Majestic on their honeymoon.

Edward V. Rickenbacker, who is a native of Columbus, Ohio, and not yet 32 years old, was the premier American ace in the World War, bringing down twenty-six German planes.  Before the war he had been one of the leading racing automobile drivers in this country and he went to France as a chauffeur for General Pershing.  At his own request he was transferred to the air service, in which he gained the highest honors, rewarded with the D. S. C. with nine palms and the Croix de Guerre with four palms.  He retired as a Major.  Last year he organized the Rickenbacker Motor Company of Detroit, of which he is Vice President.

In the fall of 1918 the Universal Film Company announced that one of its stars, Priscilla Dean, was to marry him, but Rickenbacker promptly issued a denial.  He first met Mrs. Durant ten years ago in California.  Her wealthy husband was a friend of his and competed with him in many auto races.

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