Since the beginning of bass tournaments, outboard motors have been about bigger and faster. It’s hard to say which one drove the other. But I came across the program for the 1966 Sentinel Sports-Travel-Boat Show (Wisconsin) that was published on March 11 of that year, and in it are a pair of ads for a new engine being introduced by Johnson Motors that hit the 100hp mark, a milestone of sorts, called the Golden Meteor.
They state, “Never has an outboard engine provided such blazing response or so much usable power. What’s more, fuel economy is eye-opening. This new V-100 uses no more fuel than two-cycle outboards of substantially less horsepower.” The motor featured a “high-thrust, low drag lower unit,” which supposedly did wonders for acceleration after hole shot. There was also a tuned exhaust, improved carburetion, and a straight-through fuel induction system.
Other internal features included die-cast, aluminum alloy pistons, molybdenum-filled rings and Electramatic drive. There was also a 2 year warranty on both parts and labor. And if that wasn’t enough to sell you on the motor, the other ad featured a pair of “Go-Go” girls hauling in what looks like a fake fish that bit a giant worm, all while fishing out of their Glastron boat paired with the new 100hp Johnson outboard.