TRI–FIVE NATIONALS 2018
By Mike Ruth and Eileen Orlowski
One of the cool things about working for Nostalgia Drag World magazine is that I get to travel around the country and report on some of the best drag racing events of the year. I have owned a 1956 Chevy for many years so one of my favorites is the Tri-Five Nationals held every year at Beech Bend Raceway Bowling Green Kentucky. As its name suggest the event is open to all makes models and years … as long as they are Chevrolets and were produced between 1955 and 1957.
Beech Bend Raceway, home of the Tri–Five Nationals
For shoe box fans this is as close as it gets to Nirvana. Every year for one week the city of Bowling Green Kentucky becomes a Mecca for Tri-Five Chevys. 2 doors, 4 doors, hardtops, posts, sedans, convertibles, station wagons, sedan delivery’s, nomads and more. You will see everything from bone stock 6 cylinder 150 models to blown nitro burning monsters and everything in between.
Christopher Sondles, the man who heads up this awesome event.
Ever wonder what the owner of a Tri-Five restoration shop drives?
This beautiful 56 restomod wagon was built by Chris Sondles, too many cool features to list.
The Tri-Five Nationals is the brainchild of Christopher Sondles, owner of Woody’s Hot Rod'z and a huge fan of the breed. The title sponsor for the event is none other than the most recognized name in 55-57 reproduction parts, Danchuck manufacturing. Dan chuck has been heavily involved with this event since day one. For those of you that could not attend this year please enjoy the recap.
The American tri-five association had all kinds of event memorabilia for sale .
This is a must join organization for owners and fans of tri- five cars.
Event title Danchuck Manufacturing had an army of sales and tech guru’s on hand to answer and questions
and had a semi load of parts for sale at great prices.
With their headquarters just a hop skip and jump down the road Holley send a large staff of experts and as you might guess was a popular hangout all weekend.
The staff just before the start. These guys did a great job of keeping everything running smooth.
‘Night Stalker’ was definitely a crowd pleaser.
Got to love a 55 straight axle gasser. This beautiful machine runs as good as it looks.
Another straight axle '56 getting ready to make a run.
Red tinted windows lace everywhere chrome half headlight another throwback hot rod.
The Brew City Gassers came all the way from the beer capitol of the world Milwaukee WI.
Mark Davis one of the head honchos with his “King Rat” double nickel look for an exclusive feature on this group soon.
The Chicago based Shake Rattle and Run has been raced by the Messino family since it was new.
Piloting “The Shake” this weekend was NHRA Pro Stock driver, Kevin Lawrence.
The Messino gang cruising the pits.
Race to the sky, these two guys were going at it all weekend.
TMI interiors had several cars on display with their latest and greatest upholstery work. The quality and craftsmanship that this
California company brings to market is off the chart.
(L) California car covers made the trek to show off their exact fitting covers and accessories.
(R) Dakota Digital showed off real working gauge displays they have dozens of options just for the tri-five cars.
How about a blown injected alcohol hemi in a 1957 Chevy funny car. Steve and Sue Christophersen were on hand
making passes all weekend by the way Sue is the driver and let me tell you this lady can drive.
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