The famous basketball player, Julius Erving, once said, “I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot greater, than popularity.” We agree, but we think it’s possible to having your cake and eating it too. Such is the case of the modern LS-series engine.
Never before has a lump or aluminum (or iron, in some cases) been more highly adored and followed like a religious figure from some twenty centuries ago. The reasons fort this are simple; they’re light, powerful, easy to work on, reliable, provide tons or tuning capabilities, and thanks to their OHV design, offer compact and efficient outward physical dimensions. In a word, it’s perfect.
Which is why there have been actual racing events solely based around the LS-series platform for almost ten years – the Holley LS Fest being among them.
During the weekend of September 5-7, we visited Bowling Green, Kentucky for the 2014 edition of the ‘Fest. It was the fifth annual event held at Beech Bend Raceway, and if you’re a fan of the LS-series engine platform like we are, then you would have been in Heaven!
We’ve been visiting the ‘Fest since the inaugural event back in 2010. With each passing year, the turnout continues to grow, and the scene continues to evolve. If you have never been to the event, and you only expect to find late-model Corvettes and Camaros, you would be in for quite a surprise! Literally everything you could think of with wheels, short of a 1912 Stanley Steamer, is at LS Fest packing a late-model GM powerplant!
We were on hand taking in all of the sights and sounds from the event. Since we only had one man on the ground at the event, it was difficult being everywhere at once. But we managed to grab plenty of great shots, of the track, autocross, car show, swap meet, and vendor corral.
To see the results from the weekend, you can simply head over to the official LS Fest website, by clicking here, and getting them directly from Holley. See you next year!
Rick Seitz is the owner and founder of GMEFI Magazine, and has a true love and passion for all vehicles. When he isn’t tuning, testing, or competing with the brand’s current crop of project vehicles, he’s busy tinkering and planning the next modifications for his own cars.