Tri-Five Nationals

Trick Trucks at the 7th Annual Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals

By Tommy Lee Byrd   –   Photography by the Author

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Every summer, the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals takes over historic Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for a great weekend of classic Chevrolet action. With more than 2,500 vehicles on display, there is something to fit everyone’s tastes, whether you like slammed customs, high-riding gassers, or anything in-between.

The American Tri-Five Association and Woody’s Hot Rodz puts together an amazing show each year, complete with a show-n-shine, drag racing, swap meet, and dozens of new parts vendors filling up the beautiful rolling hills at Beech Bend.

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Although most of the crowd leans toward the classic Bel Air, 210, and 150 passenger cars from 1955, 1956, and 1957, we obviously love the trucks. We spotted lots of great trucks in the show field and many of them placed well in the awards, including three that made the cut for the Lokar Top 25 and one that was part of the Top 5 selection. That Top 5 winner was Lana Shivley’s ’55 first series pickup, which features a Roadster Shop chassis, tasteful body modifications, and a slick coat of PPG Ruby Red Flare paint. Specialty awards were also up for grabs.

One of our favorites in the show field was the beautiful ’57 GMC Napco conversion, a true standout in a sea of Tri-Five Chevrolets. But we also loved seeing the patina trucks, the slick show trucks, and the drivers thrown in the mix. The Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals offers plenty of variety for Tri-Five lovers of all ages and kept us entertained all weekend long with a great selection of classic trucks on hand.

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We’re already looking forward to next year—find out more at

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