The Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama is a magnet for virtually every type of specialty vehicle powered by a piston engine. You can see a sampling of the machinery on display here at the International Expostion Center in Cleveland, Ohio, elsewhere on this website. Right now, let's have a look at one of the most popular automobiles produced by Detroit: Tri-Five Chevys.
The theme for the 2018 Piston Powered Auto-Rama is "Auto-Rama Rolls—Then Cleveland Rocks." To our minds, if rock 'n' roll drove a car it would be a Tri-Five Chevy. Can you think of another car that could be a better symbol of classic rock 'n' roll than Chevy's classic mid-century offerings? Like that music, these cars emerged in the Fifties and have never faded in popularity. More than 60 years later, Tri-Fives and early rock have both come to represent that decade. Like classic rock, Tri-Fives are nostalgic, but remain timelessly appealing. Our prediction is that fifty years from now people will still be listening to Elvis, Chuck, Buddy, and Little Richard—and will still be building and driving 1955, 1956, and 1957 Chevys.
Tri-Five Chevys have been built in many different styles—from restos, to customs, to Gassers, street machines, and more. This gallery of Tri-Five Chevys from the Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama should show you what we mean.