Posted on: October 26, 2010
Gasoline Alley Unplugged, IMS History, Indy 500
By: Donald Davidson
A.J. Watson with the #5 Car (1959)
Donald Davidson talks about A.J. Watson
Tagged as: A.J. Watson, Car, Centennial Era, chief mechanic, crowd, Flying W's, IMS, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy 500, Indy500, IndyCar, IndyCar Series, Leader Card Roadster, Master Control Tower, Monroe, Rodger Ward, Safety Patrol, Speedway, stands
There are 6 comments for this post.
Indy’s Leonardo da Vinci
Thanks for the memories! I was there in 1959, a high school graduation present from my parents. Was pulling for Jimmy Bryan and the Exhaust Belond Special, but that car never really started the race. Great victory by Roger Ward!
I remember A.J. Watson working for various crews on race day well into the 1990s. STILL HAD THAT FLATTOP HAIRCUT! Donald, what can you tell us about A.J. Watson as far as his current status? Thank you!
Memories of AJ-First, read something somewhere that he was so successful that, in jest, if Watson hung a weenie off the roll bar, every car the next day would have a weenie hanging off the roll bar…was Chickie Hiroshima on Watson’s team…my favorite Watson car though was the simple white no 2 USAC Sprinter with the 4 cam Indy Ford driven by Foyt, Moseley, and others!
Great comparison by David B. Watson is a legend. He built his machines from the ground up, no “out of the box” ready to race cars. We will not see his breed again.
Watson was a genius. The way he kept things simple and the attention to detail in design was amazing. That is a great picture of beautiful car.
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