While doing research, I came across one of those stories that is just too ironic to pass up: Charles Underwood quit racing after his wife told him it was too dangerous. So, a week later he got killed in a car accident, coming home from a race he had attended as a spectator.

All we know is the two sentences Underwood merited in the Milwaukee Journal, August 14, 1951. I did some basic searches for him and cannot find anything else about him. Racing-Reference turns up nothing on him so I suspect his racing was limited to the lesser events of the day.


Charles Underwood should be remembered. Let's make him the patron saint for those who are told to quit doing something because it is "too dangerous."

"Too dangerous? Why, I could get killed in a car accident any day now. Like Charles Underwood." In fact, quitting something because it is too dangerous would be a slap at the memory of Charles Underwood.

Observe a moment of silence for Charles Underwood. And, in honor of him, carry on doing those things which others think are "too dangerous."

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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 23 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible. He also wrote Chrysler's Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit's Coolest Creation. You can hear his podcast Lehto's Law on iTunes here.


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