The number or tri-five Chevys laid out before us was almost hard to comprehend. Thousands of tri-five Chevys (Chevys build in 1955, 1956, and 1957) were sprawled out as far as we could see. Every color combo, build style, and body design you could imagine was there to be drooled over. Restored to rusted, custom to gasser, pro-touring to pro-street, you name it and there were dozens to check out. On top of all of those show participants there were hundreds of cars on the drag strip trying to take home bragging rights and prize money. All of this and it was only Friday when most people have to work. We can only imaging the turn out for Saturday! Add in the display cars at the numerous vendor booths and we’re expecting close to 3,000 tri-five Chevys on Saturday.
This year’s give away car for the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals is a stunning black 1955 Chevy street machine built by Woody’s Hot Rodz. The car is stunning with a red TMI interior and parts from top companies like CPP, Speedway, Lokar, Golden Star, Danchuk, Ed Rinke Performance, Holley and others. And what’s really amazing is that every entrant has a chance to win the car just by being here! We did the math and that’s way better odd than the lottery or Vegas! We’re just a bit disappointed that we can’t be in the drawing.
As an added bonus Jeff Lutz is here to run his badass, 3,500 horsepower, 1957 Chevy street car. The car debuted here last year and Jeff has been fine tuning it ever since. In addition to Jeff there are exhibition gassers, Pro Mods, and all the cars that are here to take home some of the cash up for grabs in the bracket classes. There’s also a huge used part swap meet and, of course, a giant vendor’s midway showing off the latest tri-five parts from companies such as TMI, Roadster Shop, CPP, Lokar, Dakota Digital, Wilwood, Baer, Ridetech and others.
Between the drag racing, exhibition runs, and car show it was almost too much to see. If you’re not in the area you can grab your favorite icy beverage, sit back and click through hundreds of our favorite Chevys from the event, we’re sure you will see a few you wish were in your garage. To find out more about this must-see even check out www.thetrifivenationals.com.
Photography by Steven Rupp