Jay Cimburek waited until he graduated college in 1979 to buy his first new car. And then he knew exactly what he wanted. Luckily he found it. He was able to buy the very last available blue 1979 Z28 Camaro in the state of Iowa. This car had a Corvette body with a black interior, but it wasn’t the interior that was important to him. “I wanted only blue, my favorite color and I wanted a back seat,” Cimburek says, “and I paid all of $8,600.00 for it!”
“If I were to write an ad to sell this vehicle it would read: 1979 Z28 Camaro, 41,751 miles, automatic transmission, 350 cubic engine, only one owner. Not that I would sell this car. With such low mileage, you can see I haven’t driven it a lot. It was my primary car for the first two years.” But when he went back to school at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, he moved in with his parents and stopped driving to save money.
Cimburek met his future wife, Sherry, in 1980, and they married in 1984. “He’s had that car longer than he’s had me,” quipped Sherry, “and he treats it like his baby.”
“We’ve had other cars, of course, but I wanted to save this one to drive for fun when I got older,” CJimburek said, “I didn’t even let our two children, now 25 and 22, drive this car, not even to their proms!. They both would have liked to drive it, but the car has too much power and I didn’t want to have a tragedy.”
The car has power, but no really loud muffler. Cimburek admits to testing the speed, although he has had no speeding tickets, only one warning. “The fastest I’ve driven was maybe 110 mph, on the highway,” he says.
One of his hobbies is attending figure 8 auto racing on dirt tracks such as Adel and Indianola.
He’s also a big Boston Celtics fan.