Al Joniec First Cobra Jet Winner
Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
March 14, 2018
Photos By: TEN Archives

As we’ve pointed out on this page a few times, 2018 is the 50th Anniversary of the Cobra Jet, and the car’s initial debut was at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, California, in February 1968. The first winner in a Cobra Jet was Al Joniec, forever cementing himself in Cobra Jet lore by defeating Hubert Platt in the final of SS/E (12.12 at 109 to Hubert’s 11.59 at 113—the stock classes feature handicapped starts so a quicker ET could lose the race based on several factors). He then went on to the overall Super Stock class final where he won the whole shebang by beating Dave Wren’s 1963 Plymouth with a 12.50 at an off-the-throttle 97 mph. Here’s Al in the winner’s circle, getting it on both cheeks from Miss Hurst Golden Shifter Linda Vaughn (left) and an unknown “trophy girl” (right).