Holley’s LS Fest is one incredible show. If you haven’t heard about it, it’s the celebration of the Chevy LS motor. Any car powered by an LS engine is able to enter and compete, and you’d be surprised at what shows up!
The LS platform launched in the late 1990’s, but didn’t gain the popularity it has now for a few years. Once gearheads started to figure out their power capabilities and that they are reliable, everybody started to swap them and kicking out their big-blocks and small-blocks. Just about every major brand of car was represented at the show, with LS power under the hood. There was a ’66 Ford Mustang, a late 2000’s BMW, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Wrangler, and even a ton of Nissan’s. What really blows you away is when you see a little Nissan go by you expect it to have the typical four or six cylinder engine noise but you hear a big V8 roar!
Kicking off on Friday, the had great attendance. The dragstrip was roaring all day long, the autocross was busy all day, and the show and shine was filling up fast. There was plenty of action for everybody and we enjoyed all of it.
Saturday brought a ton more people! We couldn’t believe the line of cars waiting to get into the event. Even with the mass crowds, there was still plenty of room to watch the cars race, and see all the cars polished to perfection. Saturday also had the engine swap challenge, which was better than ever this year when two teams competed to swap motors in C10 pick-ups. There was so many people watching the action, it was hard to find a place to see anything.
During the day we hopped over to the National Corvette Museum race track and checked out some of the action at the track cross. This is where the cars are on a road course, with a few cones thrown in to keep speeds down. But don’t let that fool you, the cars were hauling the mail and making fast laps!
Topping off Saturday night was two special events. First, the drift competition took place. If you’ve never seen drifting before, it’s quite a show! These guys beat the snot out of their cars, and more importantly they destroy their tires in a ballet of smoke and exhaust all to please the crowds. We all love doing burnouts, but these guys step it up a ton! They run a course, sliding all the way around it, then do drift in pairs! Everybody loved the action and it was packed.
Topping off Saturday night was a special performance by country singer James Otto! We were able to meet him, and he’s a down-to-earth guy, and an even bigger car nut! His LS powered C10 was on display in front of the Holley booth, waiting to be finished before heading off to SEMA.
Sunday’s action was just as good as the rest of the weekend, with finals taking place for the drag racing. The autocross was finished and was transformed into a start/stop challenge. What makes this event really great is that two competitors are racing at the same time. This means they are not only competing against the clock, they are racing against their competitor for bragging rights! Lots of tire smoke and attempts to be King of the Hill were taking place.
A little bit of rain mixed up the schedules, but everything finished up and the 2015 Holley LS Fest was a success. We absolutely can’t wait to go next year!