Wimpy: The Lemonwood Yellow Chevelle Convertible

Lynda and Chris Jacobs nicknamed their 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible “Wimpy,” but it’s far from it. Under the hood, it packs an GM LS3 engine making 528 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. You can find them cruising around their hometown or at speed on road courses, such as here, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car, sanctioned by the Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA).

“We bought it from a couple who wanted to attend Goodguys shows,” Lynda, of Elburn, Illinois, said. “Back then, their cutoff vintage was 1964, and the car was too new to get into the event. They were looking to buy an older car.”

The Jacobs bought the car completely stock 19 years ago. They nicknamed it “Wimpy” after the signature color of the car. Then, they made a series of changes over the years. At the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, they swapped out engines for the current one and installed a 4L602 transmission. The car then received an invite to Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“That was the first time I road-coursed the car,” said Lynda. “We bolted in a chromoly roll bar, hidden under the convertible top, so it would not detract from it being a real SS. We didn’t want to destroy the car’s integrity. That’s why we also kept an automatic transmission in it.”

Now, the Jacobs love taking their car out on the track.

“I’ve never won an event, but I can hold my own,” Lynda said. “When [Chris] drives the car, you can see how well it performs. For me, it’s fun and I enjoy the heck out of it. Driving on the road course is such a release.”

Lynda underwrites residential mortgages for a living. Chris works as an operations manager for a fence company. The two have another 1966 Chevelle, a hardtop, with a Roadster Shop chassis and LS7 engine, that they autocross with. Their fleet also includes a 1979 Chevrolet pickup and a 1987 Callaway Corvette, with an LS9.

“Our cars live with us,” said Lynda said. “Wimpy is one of the greatest loves of my life — it will never leave my possession.”

Mike Adaskaveg

This year marks the Rock the Curb Director of Photography’s 51st year of covering auto racing. Adaskaveg has been a columnist, writer, and photographer, in racing and in mainstream media, for several outlets, including the Journal Inquirer, Boston Herald, Stock Car Racing, and Speedway Illustrated. Among Adaskaveg’s many awards are the 1992 Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Ace Lane Photographer of the Year and the 2019 National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) George Cunningham Writer of the Year.