In 1964, with many teams following Lotus's example and moving to rear engined "funny cars", Watson built a pair of cars based on Rolla Volstedt's successful car. These worked well, but could not reproduce the success he had with his front-engined "roadsters". he built monocoque rear-engined cars in 1966 and 1967 with ever-decreasing success.
From 1969 until 1977, Watson ran Eagles and then built a small series of highly derivative new "Watson" cars in 1977, 1978, and again in 1982 based on Lightning and March designs before retiring. He is frequently listed on the Indy 500 entry sheet as the "race strategist" for PDM Racing, though his role with the team is largely honorary.
After leaving A.J. Watson's place, the gang loaded up and headed out for the second stop on this year's run. You will want to come back to Suede and Chrome throughout the following day's as I'll be posting more pictures from the 8th Annual GodSpeed Blanket Run.