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  • A.J. Watson 1960, S.I.

    Maybe seen before, but I stumbled onto this while searching his name.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...49/1/index.htm

    If you wanted to buy a new Watson car for next year's race it would cost you about $15,000, roughly $5,000 less than other top builders charge for just the chassis and skin, as racing people call the body. You would, of course, want to install the standard Meyer-Drake four-cylinder Offenhauser, the engine almost everybody uses in Indianapolis cars, but you would have to buy that separately for another $10,000 or so and install it yourself in your own garage.

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    Originally posted by Dave Long View Post
    Maybe seen before, but I stumbled onto this while searching his name.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...49/1/index.htm
    In the article Watson wasn't kidding about the tires. For whatever reason Firestone had full a treaded tire for use in 1960 instead of the three groove type "slicks" that they had been making seemingly forever. In 1961 I believe they went back to the three groove tires. Firestone also had a full treaded tire that they made special for Monza and some of these found their way onto short tracks like Milwaukee on occasion.

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    • #3
      Very good article, thanks.

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