"Ohio George" Montgomery: Drag Racing's Gasser King

"Ohio George" Montgomery: Drag Racing's Gasser King

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"Ohio George" Montgomery

By Patrick Ertel

As a young man, George Montgomery lived for cars. He came of age in the classic era of the hot rod and fully immersed himself in the car culture. Montgomery took car building seriously and went on to become one of the pioneers of the sport of drag racing. From a little shop in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, he built and raced cars that led the world in innovation and craftsmanship. Montgomery was a leading participant in the famous "Gasser Wars" match races of the 1960s where he earned the moniker "Ohio George," while driving his iconic 1933 Willys to victory after victory. The era of the Gasser Wars was one of the most colorful chapters in racing history and George was one of the most successful racers of the time. Always an innovator, Montgomery built the groundbreaking Malco Gasser Mustang in 1967 and followed it with the revolutionary Mr. Gasket turbocharged Mustang a few years later. After retiring from racing in 1985, Montgomery became one of the most successful engine builders in the country. He is the recipient of the National Hot Rod Assoc.'s most prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is listed as one of drag racing's top 50 all-time drivers.

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