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General Discussion about Racing History Vintage auto racing has a very special place in most race fans heart and mind. The cars, the drivers, the spills and thrills. Please share your auto racing memories. Feel free to start threads/topics in this forum that are non-specific to drivers, cars, or tracks.



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Old 05-12-2014, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default A passing of a legend, A.J. Watson

One of, if not the greatest, American race car builders has passed away. A.J. Watson and his achievements in the sport will never be equaled or duplicated. He designed and built the cars, he was chief mechanic, and pit crew member on several Indianapolis 500 winning cars. His Indy, dirt champ, and sprint cars won hundreds of races, many championships, and help many legendary drivers earn their place in auto racing history. God Speed, A.J. Watson


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mitch...and others, this guy was a genius, I think jerry malloy was at the same level please post as many pics as possible of his various cars
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He was one of a kind.
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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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Three great views of Watson roadsters at Indy. Agajanian's Ol Calhoun #98, Leader Cards #4 with Don Branson, and Johnny White in the #99.
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Oh yeah, when USAC decided rear engine cars were the way to go, Watson built those as well.
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One of, if not the greatest, American race car builders has passed away. A.J. Watson and his achievements in the sport will never be equaled or duplicated. He designed and built the cars, he was chief mechanic, and pit crew member on several Indianapolis 500 winning cars. His Indy, dirt champ, and sprint cars won hundreds of races, many championships, and help many legendary drivers earn their place in auto racing history. God Speed, A.J. Watson


Hey MItch
What a wonderful and talented man A J Watson was. So nice to see "good guys" get rewarded. His roadsters and dirt cars are some of the finest and finest looking cars in history.
His wife Joyce, and my mom kept in contact all the years since my dad retired (68) till my mom died (98) she has the most delicious with and sense of humor and sent jokes and emails to my mom weekly.
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