The All-American Watson

The master builder himself: A.J. Watson in his workshop in Indiana. Lou Timolat of Falls Village has a Watson Roadster. Photo Submitted

FALLS VILLAGE — For Lou Timolat, his 1959 A.J. Watson Roadster isn’t just a cool car or a masterpiece of design — it represents a uniquely American tradition of individual innovation and gumption.

Timolat described the postwar period in American motor sports and the divide between those who looked to European cars, drivers and tracks, and the American racing world, with a lot of local tracks and the Indianapolis 500 as the ultimate event of the year.

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