Maybe it’s the excellent weather, but whatever the reason the crowds at this year’s Holley LS Fest are insane. People everywhere are crowding in to catch some the LS-powered action at the Bowling Green Kentucky event. You see, while there is a rather large car show on site, the real draw is seeing all the LS (and LT) powered rides in action. There’s an autocross so massive that the field had to be split in two and rotated through two separate autocross tracks (one at Beech Bend and the other at the National Corvette Museum). In addition to all of that, hundreds of cars showed up to try out the drag strip where the action was continuous all day and into the evening.
The spectators were also treated to a drifting demonstration and the largest vendor midway in Holley LS Fest history. There was also a power adder challenge and a chassis dyno competition. Given all of that there was a little, and sometimes a lot, of something for everyone this year.
On the drag race side so many cars showed up that the brackets filled and a Grudge Match category was added so people could get in on the racing action. The autocross sold out months ago and the attendance through the gate smashed last year’s record. I guess it’s safe to say that LS-powered cars are popular out here. And that’s another cool thing about this event. Since it’s all about the engine, and not a particular brand of car, the variety of rides in attendance is nuts. Mustangs, imports, Mopars, you name it, it’s all here and powered by on of GM’s next-generation LS mills. But, as you would imagine, the vast majority of cars and trucks here are Chevys both new and old. So, if you like seeing your favorite cars in action then check out this gallery of LS-powered rides, and if you’re in the area start making plans to be here next year for is sure to be the biggest LS bash on the planet.
Photography by Steven Rupp