The Holley LS Fest has been happening for years back east in Bowling Green Kentucky and it’s grown into a huge event that celebrates all things having to do with LS engines. Given the events huge success Holley decided to roll the dice and see if they could generate the same level of excitement with an event out west. Well, the main autocross event, the Grand Championship competition, sold out quickly and by the time the event was ready to start they had three-times the amount of pre-registered cars than they did at the first Holley LS Fest East. This makes sense since the west has a lot of gearheads that love running their cars hard.
The best way to describe the LS Fest is a five-ring circus with a ton of stuff happening all over the place. There’s an autocross, road course, drag strip, drifting area, and even an off road deal. If that’s not enough there’s a car show to check out along with a huge vendor midway. The common thread that binds all of these various events together is that all of the cars are LS powered (or motived by the latest generation LT GM powerplants). Any car can show up, so long at the right engine is under the hood, so you never know what you’ll see out on course.
Our journey here started on Thursday when all of the various titles (Super Chevy, Chevy High, Vette, Street Rodder, Classic Trucks, Car Craft) fired up their cars and cruised them the 250 miles to Vegas. This was also the first big test of our 1972 Camaro Week To Wicked Project and we’re happy to report that the quickly-built Camaro made the journey, through 150-degree heat, easily. We also rolled our 1971 Chevelle wagon which had the benefit of a Vintage Air system and our first Week To Wicked build, the 1967 Chevelle also made the trip. At the event the W2W Camaro ran hard and considering we had never tracked it the Camaro ran very good times and never missed a beat. Tomorrow we hope to get the f-body over to the drag strip and road course to test out our CPP suspension, Falken tires, and Scoggin Dickey/Chevrolet Performance LS crate engine backed up by a 4L75e Performance Automatic transmission.
Saturday will have more racing and bigger crowds, so we’re looking forward to running our Chevys hard under the Nevada sun. Sunday’s main event will be the Super Chevy sponsored 3S Challenge which stands for Start, Steer, and Stop. It’s a fun event that really challenges the cars in a unique way. Check back for more event updates and we’ll be doing Facebook Live broadcasts of the LS-powered action.
Photography by Steven Rupp