A Tribute to George Riehl
June 8, 1931 - August 7, 2012
These pages celebrate the life of a man whose contributions and dedication to the Club are remarkable, possibly without equal. George Riehl (accurately, George W Riehl Jr), had a passion for the Chrysler 300 Letter Cars and served as the Chrysler 300 Club International president for many years. In that capacity he spread his love for the "Banker's Hot Rods" across the country, indeed across the world.
Our current Club President, Jim Krausmann, relates this story:
I think back to 1981 when bought my first old car. That K convert needed everything and I knew nothing. The seller mentioned some people in nearby Ann Arbor were part of a 300 club. Sure enough, my first copy of Hemmings listed the Chrysler 300 International club ad with George and Eleanorís phone number. During our very first phone call they invited me out for a visit. What a visit! They welcomed me with open arms into their home and into the Club. Over the years I spent a lot of time at their house soaking up all things 300. My first 300 ride was in George's F Ė which like the Moons, Iíll never forget it. Next I learned about Killer K's and saw all kinds of neat letter cars at the Quonset hut. I vividly remember there was always a pot of coffee percolating and other great people named Cunningham, Dupin, McTaggart, and DelGrande would call or stop by. George was my mentor and Eleanor had the kindest heart. Together, they left us so much more than a hobby. It is a legacy. They left me with some of my fondest memories.
A familar sight, George at the podium
and as you can tell, George was at the podium for years
George during the concours judging at the Lake George meet, 2011
Some Charter members of the Club
Terry McTaggart, Jim Bartuska, Arnold Leuth, Gil Cunningham, George Riehl, Dave Werner
George conducting a seminar on Chrysler transmissions
A parking lot repair, Lehigh Valley meet, 2004
Eleanor and George
George at the Lake George meet in 2011
George in the J