Earlier this year, the organizers of the Holley LS Fest West were forced to move the event from the weekend of May 5th to May 7th to the middle of June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public health situation did not improve in time for the June event to go forth, however, so Holley was forced to cancel LS Fest West for 2020.
Thankfully there are actually two LS Fest events each year: LS Fest West and LS Fest East. The east coast edition of the celebration is still set to go forth, with the event to be held at Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky on September 11th, 12th and 13th .
LS Fest is open to all cars featuring a General Motors LS engine of some type or an engine based around the LS design. The event includes a number of different activities for attendees to enter and participate in, including drag racing, autocross, drifting, a road course time attack, dyno challenge, show-n-shine car show, burnout challenge and a fun countryside cruise.
In addition to the various events, LS Fest East will also feature vendors from prominent aftermarket suppliers and other parts, apparel and accessories companies. Last year’s LS Fest East was the biggest edition of the event to date, attracting over 35,000 attendees, 1,714 participants and 107 vendors. This year’s event likely will not be as big due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, though Holley still promises attendees a fun-filled weekend of celebrating the venerable GM LS V8.
Holley’s LS Fest events are mainly for owners of 1997 or later LS or LT V8 powered vehicles, though they still welcome all types of vehicles with LS swaps, including imports, street rods, trucks, muscle cars and more. Attendees usually get creative with the LS-powered vehicles they bring along, too. We’ve seen everything from LS-powered, nitrous-fed BMW drift cars to supercharged V8 Austin Minis show up at LS Fest and we can’t wait to see what this year has in store.