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Old 05-13-2014, 09:44 AM   #4
Mitch G.
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Default Re: A passing of a legend, A.J. Watson

Watson's cars won the Indy 500 in 1956, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64. A Floyd Trevis built Watson copy won the Indy 500 in 1961. The first "Roadster" type car he built won the first race it ranů.the 1956 Indy 500.

A later model of the Roadster, J.C. Agajanian's "Ol Calhoun" won the 500 in 1963 with Parnelli Jones at the wheel.

Roger Ward drove for the "Leader Card" team, which Watson was chief mechanic. Here is the Watson built dirt car, a more traditional upright design for dirt, and paved ovals. These cars won hundreds of USAC championship races, and championships. Back in those days you had to run on dirt as well as pavement, in order to win the USAC national driving championship. Which Watson and Ward did several times.

Where do we begin with Watson built sprint cars? A.J. Foyt won his first USAC sprint title in this Watson built car in 1960. This is Foyt in the same car in 1961.

Jud Larson in 1965 in Watson's sprint car, a tough combo to beat in USAC sprint competition from 1963 till 1966.

How about a all Watson front row for the 1958 Indy 500!

It's hard to calculate how many Indy/ dirt Champ, and sprint cars were built using Watson's plans, (he was generous letting other builders copy his cars), won races, and championships all over the United States. With all due respect to other builders, no one was on the same level with A.J. Watson.
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