LS Celebration – Power-Hungry Enthusiasts Gather in Bowling Green for Holley LS Fest

It’s no secret that GM’s LS engine platform has been a dominant force in hot rodding since its inception in the late-’90s, and especially during the past decade. The engine’s following is so strong among performance enthusiasts and racers that it has its own car show series – the Holley LS Fest – that’s been going successfully for a dozen years. The signature LS Fest East was held in Bowling Green, Kentucky September 10-12, 2021 at Beech Bend Raceway and brought together thousands of LS fans and an incredible variety of LS-powered rides for a “Celebration of Everything LS!”

LS Fest combines a laid-back car show environment with healthy dose of motorsports activity. The Beech Bend facility provides for an active weekend of drag racing, burnout competitions, drifting, autocross, and a 3S competition that tests speed, stop, and steering capabilities. Add in a dyno challenge and engine-building contest, and there’s plenty of things to keep engines revving and enthusiasts engaged throughout the weekend.

As for the fields of Show-N-Shine vehicles, the variety goes far beyond Camaros and Corvettes. From vintage trucks and classic Chevys, to imports, street rods, off-roaders, Mustangs, and much more, there were enough cars and trucks to fill 11 different classes. There were also plenty of awards to go around, including the coveted Best of Show – which comes with $500 in addition to the trophy!

Of course, hanging out with friends and meeting other LS enthusiasts are the things that attract most enthusiasts – and they come from all over. LS Fest is a great place to find and share engine swapping advice and performance tips, not to mention shop for the latest performance bolt-ons and accessories among the dozens of companies on the vendor midway.

Contributor Terry Lysak made the trek to Kentucky for this year’s LS Fest East and provided the accompanying images to share with the Fuel Curve audience. They offer a glimpse at all the weekend action in Bowling Green, where horsepower fans got a full dose of the power, performance, and thrill of the LS engine platform.

Photos by Terry Lysak

Editor, Goodguys Gazette

Damon Lee began snapping photos at car shows when he was 10, tagging along with his father to events throughout the Midwest. He has combined his passion for cars and knack for writing and imagery into a 20-year career in the automotive aftermarket, writing for titles like Super Chevy and Rod & Custom and, more recently, working for respected industry leaders Speedway Motors and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association.