Winning the GM Design Award for the Best Chevrolet Hot Rod at the SEMA Show is no fluke, and when you scroll down the page and see the images of this ‘55 Chevy 150, you will see exactly why this was the winner. This tri-five, named ‘Fairway 55’ by the builders from Ironworks Speed & Kustom, has a stance that differs from almost every 55-57 Chevy that you will see. The body has been “wedge-sectioned” to drop just the front end of the car by 3.5” giving it the just the right attitude they were looking for, and apparently, what the judges were looking for as well. When we laid eyes on the ‘55 Chevy for the first time on Tuesday in the Vortech Superchargers booth, we fell in love.
The orange paint, a mix from PPG named “orange haterade,” is one of the focal points. You could not possibly walk past this Bel Air without stopping to take notice of its sheer beauty and metallic finish. Once you stop, your eyes will move to the spindle-mounted and machined front wheels with a center locking system. The contrasting look of the wheels and the attention-grabbing paint are what makes this car a head-turner here at SEMA this year.
Under the hood … wait …there is no hood on this ‘55! This was done intentionally as they wanted to show off their LSX 376-B15 V8 that powers the Fairway '55. A Vortech V-20 Supercharger bumps up the horsepower enough to melt the tires down anytime that you so choose. The clean look under the hood is really done right and gives you more of an appreciation of the detail that the crew from Ironworks Speed and Kustom put into this Chevy. Inside the car, Dakota Digital supplied the gauges as well as the under dash AC unit while Budnik handled the black steering wheel.
Talking with Rodger Lee, the builder from Ironworks Speed & Kustom, you can feel his passion for his work and this particular ‘55 is close to his heart. The final product is a picture-perfect Tri Five that any car lover can appreciate and would love to take down the street on a evening cruise. It has just the right combination of subtlety and custom that made it a 2015 SEMA Show GM Design Award Winner.
As we bring the 2015 SEMA Show to a close, stay tuned to us here on The BLOCK. We will have continuing coverage of the event with our favorite rides going into the next couple weeks and you can see it all of our SEMA content at TheBLOCK.com/sema. See you next year SEMA!