Let's Go The "2016 Tri-Five Nationals!"
Belonging to the Dallas Area Classic Chevy Club (DACC) as well as attending the Lone Star Classic Chevy Convention car shows, I knew many car enthusiasts still dabbled with Classic Chevys of the years '55, '56, '57. Still, I had no idea, that I and my fellow Texas Tri-Five owners were a part of a much larger following of our beloved Classic Autos. Sadly, I chose to not attend the 2015 Tri-Five Nationals myself, yet many of my club mates made the drive to Bowling Green, Kentucky.
My club mates enjoyed their experience at the Tri-Five Nationals. They happily reinforced friendships within the club and with other car people from across the nation and the world. If you are lucky enough to attend the next Nationals you will surely meet people who, like yourself, love arguably the most beloved three years of Classic Cars in the world.
At last year's Nationals there were over 1800 cars registered. That number is amazing to me. I did not perceive that many car's would show up, but show up they did. However, of the 180 dues paying members of the DACC club only a dozen made the trip to the Nationals. I must digress. The not having members showing up for events is sadly true for the many local club events as well. Why is it that club members do not show up, my inquiring mind wants to know? If you would like an explanation go to my post in this blog entitled "Recipe for a Successful Car Club"
- The convention is too far away, my car may break down
- My car is not good enough and would not compete in the Show and Shine
- Costs too much money
- I can't get away from work, family obligations, etc., etc., etc.
I have a little voice that helps me get up in the morning to get out of the house. That little voice counters my
- The convention is always going to be too far from my home. But, that is the reason to attend. Getting together with friends and club mates to caravan to an event is not all that scary and tedious. In fact, caravanning with friends or club mates is in fact it's own adventure. They say, half the fun of going to the Nationals is the trip itself. Who are they? I don't know, that is why I call them they!
- Don't be so hard on you Classic Ride. Think about the following statements:
- Find a friend with experiences of going to the Nationals to talk to about your perceived fears. You will find that there are cars of course better than yours, but your car will be better than many other cars. Really, that is not what the Nationals is about. You are there to celebrate all things Classic Chevy.
- If you feel your car is not right for an activity at the Nationals, skip that activity and do another one. Don't worry you will keep busy during the show.
- Don't put to much thought into the showing or racing of your car. Keep in mind that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Do not let worrying about losing or your wounded pride to stop you. Go, enjoy, compete, don't compete. There will more than enough activates at the Nationals than you can do during the extended weekend. See more Plugola below.
- If you can get away from work to go on vacation, you can get away from work to go to a distant Tri-Five event, you can make the Nationals your vacation as you will gladly find out that both are one in the same.
- To make your family want to go with you, you need to start locally with making Classic Car events and your classic car super fun.
- With your enthusiasm and the car's proven fun factor at local car shows, your family should be pressing you to take them to Nationals, not the other way around.
Now that we have all the human feelings taken care of, now we will do for the American Tri-Five Association, along with , Second Annual
Beech Bend Race Way also has an entire amusement park www.beechbend.com that includes world class amusements. Such as: rides, water slides, mini-golf, go-carts, petting farm, live shows and entertainment. Beech Bend also offers first hotels and camping facilities.
Unless you have been living on Mars the past year you no doubt have heard about the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals that was held August 14-15, 2015 in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Beech Bend Raceway. Over 1850 Tri-Five Chevy’s came out to the event which makes this the largest gathering of Tri-Fives in history. All manner of cars were represented from stockers, projects, RestoMods and way over the top custom builds. It truly was a sight to behold…Tri-Five Chevy’s as far as the eye could see and stuffed into every nook and cranny of the raceway grounds. There was also an AutoCross course and Drag Racing and a huge Tri-Five swap meet, vendors like Holley, Edelbrock and Lokar….something for everyone. Next years 2016 event is already being planned for August 12-13, 2016 and we expect it to be even bigger than the 2015 show. If you did not attend and you are a Tri-Five Chevy owner or fan this is one show that you should plan to attend. Get more info at