It's the middle of August and every hot rodder already knows they should be at the historic of historic race tracksBeech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Not everyone has or even wants a Tri-Five Chevy (shame on you!) but there is no denying the popularity of the holy grail post-war era hot rods.
It's time for the 3rd Annual Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals put on by the American Tri-Five Association under the watchful eye of Chris Sondles (who you may know from Woody's Hot Rodz and the builder of three Street Rodder Road Tour cars including this year's ARP / Street Rodder '57 Chevy Presented by Chevrolet Performance.) The event started a few years ago to the tune of 1,500 Tri-Fives with last year bringing in about 2,100well, it's Friday early afternoon and we have nearly 2,600. So, I guess there is one record that's already been set. And there is every chance the numbers could climb to 2,700 or even 2,800. (Dare we say that it could go 3,000nah, not this year but maybe next.) The next number is spectator attendance. So far this is the largest Friday ever and it looks like it will be the largest day everand there is still tomorrow to go. It should also be noted that this is the largest gathering of Tri-Five Chevy's not only in the U.S. but the world too! We are talking a very popular event.
To kickoff Friday's excitement there is plenty of drag racing from the standard fare 1955, '56 and '57 Chevy car, truck or Corvette. You will see the plentiful street machine Tri-Five as well as the obligatory nose-up gasser look. A quick look around and one realizes there are 100 or more industry manufacturers, large swap meet area, and cars on display under and around every tree on the grounds. (Beech Bend has a storied past and is one of the more revered race tracks in the country.)
Added to all of the kick-off excitement there is the 1957 Chevy gasser giveaway car (built at Woody's Hot Rodz and based on a Golden Star Classic Auto Parts reproduction of the venerable and classic '57 hardtop), Pro Mod cars making thundering passes, all followed by Jeff Lutz new 1957 Chevy featuring a steel roof and rear quarter panels while the remainder of the car is carbon fiber. Building of this "street" rocket began on Christmas Day of 2016 and was debuted here at Beech Bend at the starting line to the thorough enjoyment of the crowd. Power comes by way of a twin turbo big-block (540-inch) Chevy putting out an estimated 3,500 hphow's that for making your body rumble!
Sit back and thumb through the photo gallery of what we are seeing here on Friday at the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals.