We just finished up day two of the Holley LS Fest in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and what an incredible event it has been so far. Vettes of every year, color, and build graced Beech Bend Park - some for show and some for go - and we've compiled a list of our favorites from today. With so many incredible cars to choose from, it was difficult to narrow it down, but here goes nothing...
1. Danny Niceley - 2000 Corvette
From the moment we arrived on Friday, our eyes were drawn to Danny Niceley's sweet red C5. The LSX Challenge veteran hails from Strawberry Planes, Tennessee and the once-daily driver is now running 8.50s at 162mph in the quarter-mile. The naturally aspirated 418 cubic-inch powerplant under the hood cranks out just over 1,000 horsepower. When we spoke to Danny, he had decided to stop running the car for the day as temperatures reached into the high 90s, but we look forward to seeing the beastly Vette run bright and early tomorrow.
2. Danny Popp - 1972 Corvette
We caught this awesome C3 headed out onto the road course earlier today to teach the competition a little something about handling. The 2011 Optima Ultimate Street Car Competitor (and winner) was hard to track down and get a word in, but we knew his car when we saw it. Last we heard, an LS7 was nestled under the hood and it's no secret that the suspension of choice, and immense driving skill, is more than enough to decimate most any competitor brave enough to go head to head with him.
3. Mike Fisher - 2008 Corvette Z06
Coming in from Blue Springs, Missouri, was Mike Fisher with his sinister-looking '08 Z06 hiding in the pits. The beautiful specimen boasts a Lingenfelter GT21 cam, Mast Black Label heads, a FAST intake, and a Williams 102mm throttle body. A Nitrous Express 125hp shot is readily available at a moment's notice. What made the car really stand out from the others were the subtle carbon fiber accents. For example, the "Jake" livery on the custom hood, which is almost ghost-like and really demands a second look. The Z06 produces about 600 rear-wheel horsepower and being its first time on the track, was running somewhere in the low 12s.
We'll be back at Beech Bend Park again tomorrow as Corvettes fight for the title of "Vette's Fastest Vette" of LS Fest and to pick another three favorites, so stay tuned!