Any Tri-Five event will never be complete without a selection of gassersthe 1955, 1956, and the 1957 Chevy was meant to be a gasserit's a natural look. Such is the case at this year's Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals here in Bowling Green, Kentucky. And the best place to see these go-fast hot rods is the Gasser Corral sponsored by Speedway Motors.
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The Gasser Corral is home to many of the gassers at the Tri-Five Nats but the fact is you have to walk the grounds of Beech Bend to find them all. And, of course, there's a large complement of these nose high, monster motor, big tire thumpers making the rounds down the dragstrip one -mile at a time. You want to see gassers in action then make sure to park yourself under the covered bleachers here at the trackbecause they are all going to come by at some point in time.
You know you've found the gasser enclave when you note the absence of the front bumper, the fenderwell headers, the straight axle (most of the time), the colored (and probably Plexiglas rear quarter windows), there's an unmistakable look that every gasser has and it's addicting to those of us that thoroughly enjoy the roar of a powerful big-inch V-8.
While one can find every imaginable motor under the hood of a Tri-Five the fact is gassers love the vintage bent V-8 the best. Virtually all of the gassers here this weekend had an old-time small-block or big-block Chevy topped with multiple carbs resting on a tunnel ram, or maybe a blower or two could be seen, and (my favorite) a set of really tall and straight injector stacks. Now that's what a gasser was meant to have sticking through the hood.
Watching the burnouts was fun enough but to see these nose-high hot rods make a 10-second pass down a sticky two-lane piece of asphalt is something to behold. Coming hard off the line, rising up onto the wheelie bars, all torqued out of shape with the driver front wheel about a foot and a half in the air while the passenger side supplies just barely enough steering "traction" it's a sight. Ah, those fenderwell headers are one more distinctive gasser trait that makes the personality of these Tri-Five Chevys oh so unmistakable.
Sit back and thumb through the gasser photo gallery and take in the sights we bet you can almost smell the burning rubber, the race gas, and hear that oh so distinctive sound of a muscular V-8 thumping down the quarter mile.