Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
December 12, 2017
Photos By: TEN Archives

On January 28, 1968, Hubert Platt introduced the 428 Cobra Jet Mustang to the racing world during the AHRA Winter Nationals held at Lions Drag Strip near Los Angeles, but the “real” debut that most people remember was the NHRA Winter Nationals at Pomona on February 2. As told by the resourceful website 428cobrajet.org: “Gas Ronda, Jerry Harvey, Hubert Platt, Don Nicholson, and Al Joniec [raced] six 428 CJ-equipped Mustangs. The Mustangs raced in the C Stock Automatic (C/SA, 9.00 - 9.49 lbs. per advertised horsepower), Super Stock E, and Super Stock E Automatic (SS/E manual transmission, SS/EA automatic transmission, 8.70 - 9.49 lbs. per advertised horsepower) classes. The engine lived up to expectations as four of the cars made it to their respective class finals. Al Joniec won both his class (defeating Hubert Platt in an all-CJ final) and the overall Super Stock Eliminator title (defeating Dave Wren).”

This photo from the TEN archives shows Joniec on his way to a round win.