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Will Overhead

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Pre-WWII Racing

Will Overhead
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Ficticous person created through a newpaper editor's famous mistake.

In 1933, a newspaper editor with the Walsenburg World-Indpendent (Colorado) mistook an editorial term, "will overhead", as a driver's name in that year's Indianapolis 500.  The newspaper carried the headline "Overhead Wins Indianapolis Race" and told the story of the race, with the added information that a driver named Will Overhead had passed Babe Stapp for the lead and won the race.

Lou Meyer actually won the 1933 Indianapolis 500.


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