I’ve actually lost track of how many LS Fest events have been put on by Holley (my guess is 9) in Bowling Green, Kentucky, but I’ve been to every single one. Why? Well, besides my love of LS engines, it’s just a great event for those that like to see cars actually being used. Yea, there’s a huge car show at the event, but the real draw is all of the driving-based things going on. Drag racing, autocrossing (at TWO very different venues), road course, countryside cruise, and the infamous 3S Challenge. And while all of the cars share the common trait of being powered by Chevrolet’s awesome LS engine (or the new LT variants if you need the latest-and-greatest) the variety of cars in attendance is mind boggling.
Sure, there are the expected Camaros and Corvettes along with classic Chevy cars and trucks that has been LS swapped. But looking around it’s apparent that anything can benefit from LS power. Jeeps, old Buicks, Jaguars, VW bugs, hell, we even saw an LS powered donk that run 11s on the drag strip! The weather ended up being great and the day was spent bouncing from one great venue to the next. The drag racers were doing test-and-tune in the morning and in the afternoon they started the qualifying in preparation for tomorrow’s battle through the brackets. There were two awesome autocross courses set up; a tight technical course at Beech Bend raceway and a faster, less twisty, course over at the National Corvette Museum where they also had a road course set up. There’s also a huge vendor midway, dyno competition, and the previously mentioned show and shine. As an added bonus the neighboring amusement park will be open tomorrow for LSfest participant fun. Add it all up and it’s easy to see why this is one of our top “must do” events of the season. So click through the attached gallery and, if you’re in the area, come by on Saturday to check out of the high-speed action!
Photos by Steven Rupp