This past weekend was Holley’s inaugural LS Fest West event - an adaptation of their highly popular LS Fest that occurs annually during the fall in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Because of that event’s success, Holley wanted to also appeal to those folks on the west coast that would have loved to make it to Bowling Green but just didn’t have the time or means to get to Kentucky. This year marks the 8th annual LS Fest proving the event’s staying power that caters to all makes/models that feature Chevrolet Performance’s LS or LT line of engines. LS Fest West was special in that it offered up some brand new motorsports action in comparison to the annual LS Fest.
LS Fest West was held at the world famous Las Vegas Motor Speedway just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition to LS Fest’s drag racing, autocross, drifting, Show-N-Shine, Road Course Challenge, Dyno Challenge and 3S Challenge, LS Fest West added a Burnout Contest, Caravans (organized caravans leaving different cities the Thursday before to “caravan” out to the event), Off-Road Challenge, Poker Run, Desert Launch (that’s right, pre-runner truck jumps ) and other special events. Thursday evening there was a cruise to the Hoover Dam to kick off the festivities.
Friday began with some great excitement, the crowd was good for a weekday, the midway was very strong and the mix of cars and trucks was fantastic. Vehicles ranged from a ‘69 F100 Trophy Truck to a 2017 Camaro SS and literally everything in between. There was an LSX454R powered car from EBMC that finished runner-up in its class on its very first race outing. Also interesting there was a white Gen 6 Camaro that was/is shooting for the “stock block LT1 Camaro record” and has gone as fast as 9.30.
Not only was there drag racing and autocross, but there were cars going sideways with smoke billowing out the rear as they competed in the Drift Challenge. In addition, there were LS-powered pre-runner style trucks launching into the air on the same course as the Off-Road Challenge. That’s what’s so great about these events, there are so many different motorsports disciplines happening concurrently that almost any enthusiast would have a good time, even if you just wanted to walk the grounds gawking at all the Chevy-powered cars and trucks.
Check out the full image gallery below giving you a glimpse into what the Holley LS Fest West looked like. Stay tuned to The BLOCK in the future as we bring you even more coverage of the top motorsports events from around the nation, and be sure to check out our other coverage from the 7th annual Holley LS Fest here. If you’re ready to get in on the action, you can browse all of Chevrolet Performance’s LS and LT crate engines right here.