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Growing up, Jeni Yeakel-Swanson’s father, Fred Yeakel, raced a 1957 Corvette. Sh

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Growing up, Jeni Yeakel-Swanson’s father, Fred Yeakel, raced a 1957 Corvette. She would go to races with him, and he taught her all about how the car worked. When she was old enough, she started driving on the racetrack as well. ⠀

In 2007, Jeni’s father found the 1964 Corvette pictured above in an ad in @vintagemotorsportmag. It was painted red at the time, and the owner had it in storage outside Milwaukee. When they bought the car, it came with documentation on its history as a race car in the 1960s. ⠀

Using old photos, Jeni’s father restored the Corvette to its former glory, and she became its primary driver. Her name is painted on the car next to the original sponsor from the 1960s—Tero Corvette of Rolling Meadows, Ill.⠀

The two started going to races up and down the West Coast, from San Diego to Portland, Ore. Jeni and her father trailered their cars together, had their pits side by side, and sometimes even raced against one another. Along the way, a family friend gave the Corvette its nickname: Nuclear Carrot. ⠀

Last year, under her father’s supervision, Jeni, a real-estate lawyer in San Diego, rebuilt the 327 V8, along with new rods, pistons—the works. Their next race will be at Sonoma Raceway in the spring. To get the car ready, she will drive from San Diego on Saturdays to Anaheim, where the car resides. Sometimes her husband, daughter and best friend, Leslie Verfaillie, will come, and her father will be there. ⠀

“I love to race and I love working on this car, but what I love most is doing those things with my family,” says Jeni.⠀

Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀

📷: @davidwalterbanks⠀

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