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Photo Gallery: Holley LS Fest 2012

Holley LS Fest Chevy Corvette engine

BOWLING GREEN, KY. — On a predominantly picture-perfect weekend at Beech Bend Raceway Park—a fantastic old dragstrip nestled next to a rustic amusement park featuring a hilltop wooden coaster begging for a ride—racers, race fans, and car enthusiasts gathered to celebrate General Motors’ LS engine at the Holley LS Fest, Sept. 7-9.

It was a weekend full of fantastic cars, drag racing, autocross competitions, a 0-60-0 contest, a show and shine, and the OPTIMA-sponsored Ultimate Street Car competition.

A Z06, which the owners claim is the world’s fastest Corvette, ran a 7.6-second quarter mile at nearly 204 miles per hour. Rad.

The Holley LS Fest is a Chevy man’s dream. There were Camaros and Corvettes from nearly every generation. There were plenty of Pontiacs. There were many interesting cars with LS engine swaps, like Nissan 240SX drift cars, BMWs, Mazda RX-7s, Honda S2000s, even (*gasp*) Ford Mustangs, as well as many more common swaps to classic ’60s-’80s GM muscle cars. Since the LS engine is so popular in the aftermarket, tons of companies were on hand to display their wares for hopping up or swapping LS engines into almost any vehicle imaginable.

Jeff Lee of HammerHead Housings, whose company builds a 12 bolt replacement independent rear suspension kit for new Camaros (available soon) and other upcoming applications, attended Holley LS Fest as well.

Lee contributed to this report, and provided a bunch of fantastic images from the LS Fest. You can follow him at @JeffLee ( on Twitter.

Orange Z06 C-6 Corvette
Holley LS Fest rat rod
Purple Chevy Bel Air with LS engine
Green Chevy pickup with LS engine
Gorgeous resto mod with LS engine
1957 Chevy hot rod with LS engine
Yellow C-2 Corvette with LS engine
Yellow Ultima GTR
GMC rat rod with Corvette wheels
Holley LS Fest rat rod
Pontiac rat with LS engine
Vintage Chevy pickup with LS engine
Chevy hot rod with LS engine
Red Pontiac Trans Am
Chevy II with LS engine
Black Cadillac CTS
LS engine swap
2005 Chevy Corvette
Black C-2 Corvette
427 LSX engine
Fifth-gen Camaro
Second-gen Camaro
El Camino with LS engine
COPO Camaro Number 6
Red Z28 Camaro with LS engine
Red C-3 Corvette
LS engine swap
Red Chevy Impala with LS engine
Ford Mustang with LS engine swap
Good Guys Dodge Challenger
Black second-gen Camaro with LS engine
First-gen Camaro with LS engine
Camaro LS engine
Red Chevy pickup with LS engine
Black Pontiac Firehawk
Black Chevy Camaro

The owner of this vehicle claims it is the world's fastest Corvette. We watched it run in the mid 7s at more than 200 mph. So, we're not inclined to argue.

This Chevy Corvette screams down the track, pumping out low nine-second runs.

That's the COPO Camaro No. 6 on the right. It's fast. And it sounds incredible.

The Canadian Pontiac Firehawk, eh?

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  1. Pingback: Little write up on the car from the Holley Fest… « CarlyleRacing

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