Enthusiasts of GM LS powered vehicles are focusing again on the largest U.S. event, the Holley LS Fest. Slated for September 5-7th 2014, the 5th Annual Holley LS Fest will again be held in Bowling Green, KY, at the historic Beech Bend Raceway. Last year was huge and the crew at Holley is putting it in high gear to make the 5th year anniversary of LS Fest the best yet!
Sponsored by Scoggin Dickey, the drag racing events at the LS Fest feature a variety of classes for all levels of participants. Lingenfelter Performance is bringing two new drag classes to LS Fest for 2014 that include C7 Corvette and the COPO Camaro classes! The PAC Racing Springs Pro Extreme Drag class pits the fastest LS cars on the planet against one another in an 1/8 mile, head-to-head, open rules format to see who has the ultimate LS. This makes for a total of nine drag classes over the course of the three day event which also include the 5th Gen. Camaro Challenge, LSX All Motor, LSX Drag Radial, LSX Real Street, LSX Rumble (index) and True Street classes. LS Fest remains one of the four races comprising the awesome Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series!
For those who’d prefer twists and turns, the QA1 Autocross course will put technical vehicle handling to the test. In addition, all LS Fest autocross competitors are invited to compete in the Baer Brakes 3S Challenge, a three-part competition combining elements of an autocross and a speed-stop event into one. Holley introduced the 3S Challenge in 2013 which stands for Speed, Stop & Steering. Like the autocross, the 3S Challenge puts the limits of car and driver to the ultimate test.
By far, one of the most anticipated events during the Holley LS Fest is the Car Craft Engine Swap Challenge. This will consist of two pre-selected teams that are presented with equally prepped, running vehicles and two GM LS engines supplied by Holley. From there each team must face off to see who can install the LS engine in place of the older engine and get it running in the shortest duration of time. Adding to the difficulty, the teams won’ t know what vehicles they’re working on until the starting whistle blows and the cars and engines are uncovered. The winning team gets to keep the engine along with the Holley LS aftermarket parts used during the swap! .
The Lucas Oil Drift Challenge brings talented drivers and their wild LS equipped imports and domestics to compete in tandem competition around a predetermined course. Competitors create massive plumes of smoke as they gracefully slide their LS powered vehicles sideways navigating the course competing for cash and Holley parts gift certificates!
For those who would rather not burn rubber, but still want to flex their LS muscles, the ERL Performance Dyno Challenge allows any LS Fest participant to have their vehicle measured for power and torque. The dyno challenge is open to any participant attending the LS fest. First, second, and third place awards will be given to those who pull the highest numbers in both power-adder and non-power adder categories!
A welcome break from competition can be found at LS Fest’s Bowler Transmissions Countryside Cruise, which gives competitors the opportunity to socialize and take in the beautiful winding back roads of Kentucky. The cruise allows competitors to involve the entire family in the event and show off the highway manners of their ride. Participants of the Countryside Cruise are also invited to compete in the digital photo scavenger hunt where a $500 product certificate is awarded to the team with the most items photographed from the list. Those competing to be named LS Fest Grand Champion, will also be glad to know that the digital scavenger hunt on the countryside cruise adds five points to a competitor’s overall score.
For those interested in to showing off their LS powered pride, this year’s Snap On Tools Show And Shine offers 12 different classes to compete in, including “Just Because” and “Under Construction”. Experienced judges will be on hand along with the Holley crew awarding special awards to their favorite vehicles. Along with the Show N Shine, Holley has integrated an LS Swap Meet into the event for those who are looking to sell or obtain parts related to the GM LS engine. This is the second year that the Swap Meet will be a part of the event and with the growing trend of installing LS engines into just about anything, the Swap Meet can be a great resource for buying or selling parts.
The LS Fest Vendor Midway provides enthusiasts with a selection of LS engine parts and performance upgrades for the rest of your car as well. Other special events include the Holley LS Fest Grand Champion competition, Chevy High Performance Magazine’s High Noon Shootout, Vette Magazine’s Fastest Vette, and the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational.
No matter what level of participation you feel comfortable with, LS Fest is like a horsepower show where your vehicle is the "E-ticket" ride! For more information, visit the LS Fest event website at www.lsfest.com or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lsfest.