If you've never been to Holley's LS Fest, it's definitely something to add to your bucket list. The weekend is jam-packed with Bow Tie insanity, including a 3S Challenge (speed, stop, and steering), freestyle autocross, an autocross shootout, and drag racing. There's also Super Chevy's Dyno Challenge, an engine swap competition, and hundreds of LS-powered Chevys of every description.
The three-day event at Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was much larger than in previous years, and the Super Chevy dyno competition was far busier than usual, too. We had almost 60 cars and trucks compete to take First, Second, and Third Place titles in two classes—Power Adder and Naturally Aspirated. The dyno ran throughout the day Saturday and Sunday on a first-come, first-serve basis. Redline Motorsports' own Matt Bell did a great job keeping tabs on each car throughout both days.
Check out the full list of competitors and how they performed at www.superchevy.com/events/1309_super_chevy_dyno_challenge_ls_fest_results/.
Taking Third in the Naturally Aspirated class with 485 hp was a '06 Corvette owned by Chance Tozer of Springfield, Illinois. Second Place belonged to Drew Tyler (Lewisport, Kentucky), with a 516hp '01 Camaro SS. And the winner, with 542 hp, was Anthony Cooper (Empire, Alabama) with a blue '02 Camaro.
The top three Power Adder winners boasted a bit more power, to say the least. Coming in Third with 839 hp was Rob Melcher's turbocharged and nitrous-equipped '02 GMC Sierra 5.7L out of Ladson, South Carolina. With 19 added horses bringing the total to 858, Joshua Tyrell's Vortech-supercharged '02 Corvette slid into Second Place coming from Susser, Wisconsin. First Place belonged to a turbocharged LS2 engine housed in a blue '01 Pontiac Firehawk with 859 hp, owned by Ian Smith out of York, Pennsylvania, beating Tyrell out by a single horsepower.
LS Fest also hosted an Engine Swap Challenge sponsored by sister magazine Car Craft. Two teams were each given an equally prepped running car and an LS crate engine on a stand. It all came down to who could install the LS in place of the older engine and get it running in the shortest amount of time, before taking the car on a lap around the event space without breaking down. The teardown for the contestants was far more involved than in years past. The winning team, Adam Leigh and Peter Eskew, completed the challenge in just one hour and forty minutes to beat their competitors, Kelium Griffin and Mike Edwards, and were awarded the LS crate engine equipped with numerous bolt-on parts from Holley Performance, including an EFI system.
By the end of Saturday, Editor Jim Campisano and yours truly compiled a list of our top 12 favorite Chevys in the show. Keep in mind that the turnout was tremendous—the biggest Fest car show yet—and choosing only 12 was possibly one of the most difficult tasks ever. But we managed to get through it, so turn to page 94 to see our list of the best LS Fest had to offer. For more pictures of our favorites, check out www.superchevy.com/events/super_chevy_choses_a_dozen_at_ls_fest/.
We are pumped for LS Fest 2014 and can't wait to make our way back to Kentucky for some insane LS action. See you there!
LS Fest Editor's Choice Top 12
|1. Malcolm McMullan—'67 Chevelle 5.3L|
|2. Steve Rutter—'55 Bel Air LS1|
|3. Jeff Williamson—'72 Nova Supercharged LS1 383|
|4. Elizabeth Cruz—'70 Chevelle LS|
|5. Tim Poole—'69 Camaro Supercharged LS3|
|6. Brandon Miller—'70 C-10 LS1|
|7. Michael Barnes—'66 El Camino LQ9 6.0L (driven from California)|
|8. Alan Gross—'70 Chevelle convertible LSX|
|9. Charles and Monika Kestell—'91 Camaro convertible|
|10. Missy Waddell—'79 Camaro LS1|
|11. Mike Teague—'67 Impala LS1|
|12. Billy Utley—'72 Nova 416 LS3|