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time I never realized it because it was the only drag car that I drove. There wasn't anything else with which to compare it. On the first day I drove the Mustang, I couldn't believe how much nicer it handled. But it was only when I got back into the Willys that I realized how big the difference was. I kept saying to myself, if I can just make it to the finish line, I'll never drive this thing again.” The first time out with the Malco Mustang Gasser, it ran in the 9s. The new setup led him to Super Eliminator titles at the Spring Nationals and Nationals in 1969. Next came the Mr. Gasket Gasser, a one-off 1969 Mustang Mach 1 hand-crafted fiberglass body from the Ford drag racing program. A 1933 Willys frame was used to meet class rules. “Ohio George” used a variety of engines to campaign this car to the Super Eliminator win at the 1969 US Nationals and Super Eliminator wins at the Gator Nationals in 1973 and 1974. Though the switch to the Mustang body in 1967 improved the performances of his cars, the move proved costly to the class. The newer bodies didn’t have the identity with the fans that was established with the older body styles and the emerging late-model Funny Cars began to grab the fans' attention.

In 1976, George debuted his last drag car, a 1974 Ford Pinto powered by a turbo-charged 2000 cc 4 cylinder engine which produced approximately 500 HP. George closed his long, illustrious on-track career with his last run in this car at Indy in September 1985.

"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.

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