While a lot of focus is always on the drivers as being the stars of the series, there are a lot of individuals who leave their impact behind the scenes. One of those is Josh Watson, who has left his stamp on OSCAAR in a couple different ways through the years.
“It’s great to see the club celebrating 30 years and still continuing to grow,” Josh Watson said. “It was a challenging few years previous to last, but last season was a big success; seeing positive things happening is great for their future.”
Although his roots are connected to the super late portion of the series, Watson was also one of the individuals behind the creation of the Knightworks Design OSCAAR Hot Rods presented by Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park. When series president Dave Gainforth initially pitched the idea, Watson is among the original group that helped develop the rulebook.
“Growing up at the race track, these cars were what was familiar to me,” he explained. “Steel body, hand built race cars needed to make a comeback after local tracks changed their rules regarding plastic bodies. Also having the kids have an attraction to older cars is fantastic, my daughter just loves the cars, especially Tyler (Hawn)’s. Keeping classic car history alive is important to me and having them at the race track will help with that and the younger generations.”
In seeing the continued growth of the class over the years, Watson says he couldn’t help be happier.
“You never know what to expect when creating such a series,” he commented. “Dave, the staff and drivers have done an amazing job each event to make a great show for the fans. I wish them the best once the 2020 season gets moving.”
Watson also has put his own personal stamp on the series, putting a bunch of hours into the sheet metal and paintwork for Tyler Hawn’s 1961 Pontiac Beaumont.
“To be honest I have no idea how much time I have in Tyler’s car – a lot,” he said. “But I enjoy working on that car; I feel an attachment to that car. I have lots of help with the car also, never a one man show; Tyler, Ryan and Alyssa bust their asses to help make the car look the way it does.”
Before his recent additions, Watson was involved in the series through the Super Late Model ranks. With a lot of effort behind the scenes, he helped in leading his father Glenn to several Super Late Model Championships.
“The years racing with my Dad and family have been the best,” he commented. “We have been at it a while now. Competing in the OSCAAR Series was a lot of fun, being a part of Dad’s success through the years was great. It means a lot to me seeing my dad as being one of the best OSCAAR competitors and being able to be so competitive through the years. Seeing him smile, makes us all smile!”
Of all the success they had, Watson’s biggest memory draws back to the final season of OSCAAR Super Late Model competition and the Autumn Colours Classic.
“Dad won the last Super Title before the series headed a different direction,” he noted. “We had four generations at the track that days, from my grandparents down to my daughter; it was great day celebrating with family and friends.”
Through the years, the schemes on the No. 22 Super Late always shined through, thanks to the handy hand-paint jobs by Josh Watson. He notes the color red has always been a favorite for him, but is also his dad’s color.
Beyond the cars he’s painted in OSCAAR, he’s also done several outside of the series for various drivers in divisions across the province.
“Of my favorites that I have done myself, it would be a throwback to Chance Isherwood’s Impala Thunder Car, he ran at Barrie Speedway around 2009 I believe,” he commented.
While the racing days have been fun thus far, there’s nothing wrong with looking to the future, which Watson admits it’s hard to predict what is in the crystal ball for OSCAAR.
“The past couple seasons have shown strong growth for OSCAAR,” he commented. “I hope that continues in the years to come. The 2020 season has been dampened by Covid, but I know Dave is working behind the scenes trying to improve the series despite the situation at hand. Whether we race or not this season, I think OSCAAR will be one the clubs to watch once we do, especially as the Hot Rods continue to grow.”
Be sure to keep up with OSCAAR by staying tuned to the series website at http://www.oscaar.ca. Also, make sure to “like” the official OSCAAR Racing Facebook page, while following both the Twitter and Instagram accounts (@OSCAARRacing) to keep up to date on everything you need to know.
OSCAAR’s 2020 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., Touchwood Cabinets, Sauble Falls Campground, The Fyre Place & Patio Shop, Ohsweken Speedway, American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
By: Ashley McCubbin