Tri-5 Nationals (Image Heavy)

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The Tri-5 Nationals are an annual event at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, KY devoted exclusively to '55, '56, and '57 Chevys. They have a car show, swap meet, and drag race that has been very well attended. I heard the announcer state that there were around 2,800 cars on the property but I think that was pretty optimistic. I certainly didn't count them but my estimate would have been about half that. Regardless there were a bunch and I had a great time.

Uh, OK, a Micro '57
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Evil Eye
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BelVette - The '55, '56, and '57 Chevys are BelAir models. This owner put a '57 body on a Corvette chassis and called it a BelVette. I didn't see the engine but the interior was 100% Corvette right down to the digital dash.
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Black Knight (far lane) and Excalibur (near lane) Andy and Lester Johnson (father and son) both running Top Sportsman class. I've seen Excalibur run a number of times but this was the first time I've seen Black Night. Black Knight laid down a 231mph pass at 6.something seconds.
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This was another Top Sportsman car. Very quick ...
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This one is a Super Pro car, 9.0 second bracket. I like it because if you look closely at the front brake caliper you can read "Wilwood" on it. Who says the Sigma 18-300 doesn't resolve well? That's at about 150mph.
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And the inevitable gaggle of gassers ...
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Thanks, guys. Much appreciated.

Yep, Black Knight is really cool. Turbocharged (Procharger) Hemi in a chopped '55 body. I was waaaaay off trying to get action shots of them, the one I included above is the only one I got. I had been shooting 10 second to 12 second cars all day, and when those two lit off I was way to slow and lazy to keep up with them.

I did make one mistake above though. I said "Andy and Lester Johnson (father and son)" and actually Lester is the father. If you do Facebook (I don't) they have a page there. LJ Motorsports, LLC is the name of it and I think they post to it frequently.
 

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