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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.

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