VIC IN ACTION
When Vic Guilmino picked up his brand new 1970 Mercury Cyclone Super Cobra Jet, he was not excited. “I wanted a Pontiac!” The car served basic street/strip duty for the first year of ownership. In 1972, he took the car off the street, and it was raced for the next four years. Here is a quick look back at the car’s early years. 1 The Cyclone was originally equipped with body-color 14x6 steel rims with dog dish caps. Vic quickly picked up a set of Cragar S/S wheels and bigger rubber. A set of Lakewood traction bars was installed to cure wheelhop and properly plant the rubber for launch
2 Dave Bishop supplied this picture of Vic racing at Bristol, Tennessee, in 1973. Vic was running IHRA E/PS (Pure Stock), where he remembers he qualified Fourth.
3 At the 1973 NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey, Vic won the D/S class. That’s Vic pictured in the winner’s circle with the trophy.
4 This awesome shot by legendary photographer Tom Loughlin shows Vic racing his Cyclone at the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1976. Vic won the E/S class trophy at the prestigious event.