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Tri-Five Chevys Invade the Summer Nats

Tim Bernsau Jul 22, 2016
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One year ago, Street Rodder traveled to Milwaukee for the Car Craft Summers Nationals. Our sister magazine was holding its first event at this venue and we wanted to be part of the excitement. Car Craft Magazine doesn't cover early rods and STREET RODDER doesn't cover muscle cars and street machines, but like all siblings, SR and CC have things in commons despite our differences. Fifties and early Sixties cars have a place in both magazines, and Tri-Five Chevys—55s, 56s, and 57s—have as much appeal for CC readers as they do to us.

In 60 years, the Chevys from this three-year window seem to have never dipped in popularity, and have never gone out of style. Their classic status is so strong that it's hard to believe that 50 years ago hot rodders were picking them up for cheap—and bashing them up on dirt oval tracks all over the US. A lot of cars survived those days, and have been built up in the years since..

The Summer Nats is a great event for fans of these timeless classic Chevys. We didn't have to walk far to see one nice example after another. As you will see in this galley of of Bow-Tie iron, the variety was a extensive as we remembered from a year ago. The majority of the Tri-Fives at the CC Summer Nats were mildly modified, but there were a few that went a little wilder with eye-popping paint and menacing motors. Mild or wild, rough or polished, we've never seen a Tri-Five that didn't make us want to go over for a close look. We hope (and suspect) that the classic Chevys being restored and hot rodded today will continue to survive and will still be attracting attention at car shows 50 years from now.


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