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The car was displayed this year at the Amelia Island Concours in a special class celebrating the Indy 500 Centennial. The class was titled 'Cars That Changed Indy". It was interesting that the Watson was shown with the Jimmy Clark 1965 Indy winning Lotus, clearly the car that led to the end of the "Roadster Era". In 1966 this
Watson driven by Bobby Grimm was the last traditional Roadster to ever make the Memorial Day race.
The #46 Racing Associates Watson Roadster was selected by the AACA for a 2010 National Award. George and his wife went to Philadelphia in February for the Annual Awards Banquet where they collected the Presidents Cup for Race Cars 2010, a wonderful achievement.
It has been a very busy and exciting season with the Watson Roadster. After the exciting days at Indy this past May, we took the car across the country to display on the lawn at The Pebble Beach Concours in the Special Indy 500 Centennial Class. It was a real honor to be invited to show in this prestigious event with other famous Indy Race
Cars spanning the last 100 years. It was also the first time this car touched down in California since 1963 when A. J. Watson first built the car in Glendale, California.
The AACA Fall National Meet in Hershey, PA was also a wonderful experience with the car. A short track event at Hershey Stadium completed the last remaining requirement for achieving Full AACA Race Car Certification and show judging the following day garnered a National First Prize, truly a testament to the restoration work of original
builer and current restorerA. J. Watson of Indianapolis.
Owner George Lyons just received confirmation that this Watson Roadster has been accepted for display and judging at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance in California this coming August. The car will be in a special class this year recognizing the Centennial Celebration of the Indianapolis 500 featuring cars from the race
going back to 1911.
This year is the 60th anniversary of the Pebble Beach event and having this car accepted for this special class is a great honor.
George Lyons picked up his new Racing Suit from Hinchman Racing Uniforms of Indianapolis in
anticipation of his initial track debut of the car next week at the Speedway. Hinchman was the
dominant supplier of racing suits going all the way back into the 1940's and in 1963 sold Ebb Rose
the exact suit they just duplicated for George.
The records kept by Hinchman are just incredible and they were actually able to find the original
order with all details from that 1963 sale to Ebb Rose. Pictured with George is A. J. Watson and
Nancy Chumbley, the current owner of Hinchman.
The fully restored Racing Associates #46 Watson Roadster will have its first showing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Vintage Day preceding the 2010 Indianapolis 500. This annual event hosted by The Hall of Fame Museum brings together historic Indy cars, drivers and builders and offers the owners a few laps of the Brickyard at the end
of the day.
A. J. Watson will be in attendance with this historic Roadster, the product of both his original build in 1963 and his most recent restoration completed in 2009.
--- Vintage Day at Indy was spectacular with the finished car being debuted at the show and a chance to drive the Speedway with other vintage Indy cars. The car performed flawlessly after final preparation overseen by A. J. Watson and George managed to make his laps in this car that had not circled the track since 1966, the last year it
made the race.