Woody’s Hot Rodz LLC was formed in 2003 by Christopher Sondles. Sondles has spent his entire lifetime surrounded by Tri-Five Chevrolets. Whether he was helping build his father’s award winning ‘57s, working in his uncle’s restoration shop, working as Classic Chevy Int.’s Road Manager or working his way to Executive Vice-President of SoffSeal, Sondles has always gravitated to the Tri-Five Chevy. Woody’s Hot Rodz has been featured on the cover of 24 national magazines, has had over 40 vehicles featured in national magazines, has written over 80 tech articles that have been nationally published, has been featured in The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today all while continuing to build awesome rides for customers across the country each day. Woody’s was awarded the “Chip Foose Award of Design Excellence” in 2012 as well as being named CAR CRAFT Magazine’s Pro Builders of the Year for 2012.
In 2014, Woody’s made the push into retail parts sales. With lead times from west coast shipping entities only getting longer, and having in-house knowledge of the parts available thanks to hands-on experience, it seemed only natural to make the jump to supplying the Tri-Five world with tried and true parts, along with the technical assistance that only comes from actually using what you sell. What started out as a 4x8 closet of small parts has grown into over 1500 in-stock parts, and even more pieces available to ship.
In August 2015 Woody's Hot Rodz produced the inaugural Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The show was considered an outright success by everyone in the Tri-Five industry. With more than 1,900 cars arriving at Beech Bend Raceway, the 2015 Nationals was the largest gathering of Tri-Five Chevrolets ever, shattering the previous Classic Chevy Club record of 775 in Dearborn, Michigan in 1989. The event, now in its 6th year draws, 3,000 1955-1956-1957 Chevrolets and over 10,000 people to central Kentucky each year for a 3-day celebration of America's all-time favorite cars.
During the 2015 Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals, an owners’ association was founded promising to "Stay True to Tri-Fives", even going so far as promising members a total refund of their dues should the club ever stray from those 3 model years. In this The American Tri-Five Association was born, a community for Tri-Five owners. The Association has grown to have over 6,000 members in countries around the world. ATFA publishes 9 issues of their magazine, The American Tri-Five, each year and produces not only the Danchuk Tri-Five Nationals but also a new Tri-Five only event in Bakersfield, California called the Western Invasion. Along with their two marquee events, ATFA produces all inclusive "cruises" across the country for members of ATFA to get out and enjoy the open road with fellow members.
What started in Chris' 2 car garage at his home, has now grown to a full-scale retail parts business for all things 1955-57 Chevrolet, a body assembly shop that builds all NEW 1955-57 Chevy bodies daily, a turn-key production shop that continues to produce top-tier nationally recognized custom cars, and a promotions company that produces all ATFA activities. It’s been a fun road, and we continue to look forward to tomorrow.
Interested in parts for your Tri-Five, a new reproduction body, or having Woody’s build you a complete Turn-Key Hot Rod? Please call us at 855.567.1957.