One of the great things about the LS engine, besides its ability to make large amounts of street-worthy horsepower while still managing to pull off relatively decent fuel mileage, is that today’s aftermarket offers a plethora of parts to help improve the aesthetics of this fantastic mill. Early on in the LS world we pretty much had to make do with the limited parts available or create something on our own. But today, there are a number of companies that turn out amazing parts and pieces designed to improve the looks of our LS engines. Some are done in a relatively tasteful manner while others are designed with a bit more flair, with the idea of grabbing your attention immediately after the hood is lifted.
So we scoured the grounds of Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at the 6th Annual Holley LS Fest to shoot every LS-based engine we could find in a car that either had the hood opened or we had, or made, access to without getting in trouble. Most car owners were smart enough to pull the keys out of the ignition before walking away from their rides, but for the few who were a little more trusting of us editorial types hovering the area, we couldn’t help but take advantage to pop a few hoods ourselves. In our defense, we knew this event features the largest assembly of LS-based engines than any other in the country so we had to take full advantage while we had the chance.
The idea with this gallery is to show you the many different LS engine build styles we came across. Most lived in Camaros and Corvettes, but we came across a few in Chevelles, Novas, and Tri-Fives; even in a couple of Mustangs. We even found one in a Porsche. Now that’s a good use for an LS engine, right there. Many are stock looking, some are carbureted, and others are done up to appear as anything but an LS. Although some of the engines featured here are from the show-n-shine area, most are from cars competing in one or more of the driving competitions at the event, so excuse the dust, dirt, and the occasional oil and coolant mess that may appear on these engines.
We hope you enjoy all this LS goodness, and if you get some ideas for your build, then that’s even better.