(Editor’s note: On Monday we are running a story about a bunch of old school turbo drag cars that you have probably never heard of before. This is one of them. We ran this little mini-feature a couple of years ago when we saw the car at the Holley NHRR. Here’s another look. There were lots of turbo cars back in the day…most of them didn’t work, but this one did.)
Ohio George Montgomery is one of drag racing’s Gasser Gods. He was a driving force in the class from its earliest days right up until it moved back toward the realm of the Competition Eliminator sportsman ranks in the early 1970s. His introduction of late model body styles is blamed by many for the class’s fall from prominence, but in reality, it was the only evolutionary step left for gassers. On display here at the Holley NHRA National Hot Rod Reunion, is his 1969 Mustang featuring a twin turbocharged Boss 429 engine, it is amazing.
In talking to George, we learned that the car ran its best passes in the 8.40 range, but at a blazing 174-175 mph. He said that sorting out the turbos, mechanical fuel injection, and chassis was a multi-year project that ultimately payed off when he won the Gatornationals two years in a row (1973/1974).
He did not tell us how much power the engine made, but he did say that in order for it to finally be drivable on the track he had to remove more than 400 hp off of the top. By running smaller fuel nozzles and shrinking the port size in the heads, thereby increasing velocity, he had a car that was capable of being driven.
The car ran with a number of different engine combos over the years, but it is this one that’s most impressive, especially considering that it was done in the early 1970s and actually made to work. Lots of these type of projects got started then and were eventually shelved because they were never sorted. Montgomery was (and still is) an extremely adept mechanic and engine builder whose ability in those two areas often seemed to be overshadowed by his on track accomplishments. Te fact that this car was made to work, and actually won on a large stage is a testament to his dedication and skill.
That’s a quick look at one of the coolest door slammers and really a car that is the grand-daddy of the modern turbo Pro Mod.