Gasser Wars Living Legend “Ohio George” Montgomery to Debut New Book “King of the Gassers” at PRI 2017 with RPM Mag!

| November 1, 2017 More
georgem_picwebThe Legend returns – Ohio George Montgomery is making a special appearance ONLY at the RPM MAGAZINE booth # 4805 during the Performance & Racing Industry show December 7th-9th 2017 in Indianapolis to share his new book with fans young and old.
Ohio George will be at the RPM MAG booth # 4805:
Thursday Dec 7th & Friday Dec 8th 1pm to 3pm
Saturday Dec 9th 10am to 12pm.
George will have a limited amount of books available to be personalized and signed by Ohio George!
Come talk with the legend himself – Wanna know what it was like to drive a bottom 8-second straight axle 1,800hp fuel injected twin turbo Boss 429 monster back in the early seventies, ask Ohio George, he’ll tell you straight up!
“I have said it many times in the past, that to have a clear vision of where we are going we have understand where we’ve been,” says RPM Editor In Chief Chris Biro. “We have to respect and pay tribute to our past in fast cars and drag racing, those who made this sport what it is today. Those outside-the-box innovators, and Ohio George is one them. George was on the cutting edge of technology in chassis tuning and making big horsepower during the heyday of the Gassers and early days of Funny Cars, what an honor to again have him at the RPM MAG booth at PRI. To put things into perspective for our hot rodders of today, Ohio George ran a twin turbocharged fuel injected Boss 429 Mustang over 40 years ago! ”
droppedImage (2)Ohio George’s book, “KING OF THE GASSERS”, is a tell all of how a young man growing up during the very roots of ultimate horsepower drag racing made a name for himself through hard work, determination and innovation.
George Montgomery came of age in the classic era of the hot rod, he lived for cars. Read how he opened “George’s Speed Shop” in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, where he built and raced cars to become one of the pioneers of the sport of drag racing. It was during the era of the Gasser Wars of the 1960s that George earned the moniker “Ohio George”. He developed and drove the iconic 1933 “World’s Wildest Willys”™, the groundbreaking Malco Gasser Mustang and the Mr. Gasket turbocharged Mustang to victory after victory. After retiring from racing in 1985, George became one of the most successful engine builders in the country. He is the recipient of the National Hot Rod Association’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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One of the most colorful chapters in drag racing history is the saga of the AA/Gas Supercharged coupes that created some of NHRA’s most intense rivalries from the late 1950s through the early 1970s. The combination of supercharged engines in full-bodied cars presented a readily identifiable package for the race fans, and the AA/GS entries were, in essence, the forerunners of Funny Car and Pro Stock. In its heyday, the class boasted such talent as “Big John” Mazmanian, Stone-Woods-Cook, K.S. Pittman, Jr. Thompson, and, of course, “Ohio George” Montgomery. No racer in the gasser ranks could match Montgomery’s record in national event competition. The class winner on many occasions at the U.S. Nationals, Montgomery drove his AA/GS machines to major Eliminator victories at Indy on four different occasions and also claimed an additional three Eliminator titles at other events. Montgomery’s domination of Indy was especially significant because it was the only national event on the NHRA schedule for many years – hence the biggest race in terms of bragging rights. Montgomery quickly established his reputation as the top racer in his chosen area of competition by driving his supercharged/injected A/Gas entry to strong 11-second times for back-to-back class and Little Eliminator victories at the U.S. Nationals in 1959 and 1960 when the event was held in Detroit. After the race relocated to its permanent home in Indianapolis in 1961, Montgomery won his third consecutive class title. Soon after the establishment of the AA/Gas supercharged class, Montgomery switched to a blown small-block Chevy engine and won both class and Middle Eliminator honors at the 1963 Nationals with low 10-second performances, and he followed with still another class win in Indy in 1964.
“Ohio George” Montgomery has earned a number of honors for his career accomplishments. In 1983 he was inducted into the NHRA North Central Division’s Hall of Fame. In 1992, he was selected for membership in the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame and also inducted into the Don Garlits’ International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. He was named grand marshal for the 1998 Midwest Hot Rod Reunion and in September 1998 presented with the NHRA Lifetime Achievment Award. In 1999, George and many of his fellow AA/Gas supercharged racers joined together for a special reunion at the NHRA Motorsports Museum in Pomona, California.
MEET OHIO GEORGE:
At the RPM MAGAZINE Booth # 4805 PRI Show 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Friday, December 8, 2017 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

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