MAR­VELOUS MO­TOR­IZED MAY­HEM

Hol­ley’s LS Fest West

Drag Racer - - Contents - Text and Pho­tos by Pete Ward

SINCE THE IN­CEP­TION OF HOL­LEY’S LS FEST, MO­TOR­HEADS WEST OF THE ROCK­IES HAVE BEEN PLEAD­ING WITH THE HOSTS TO BRING THEIR WILDLY SUC­CESS­FUL EVENT WEST­WARD. This spring the Hol­ley folks ac­qui­esced, choos­ing the Las Vegas

Mo­tor Speed­way as the home for their new event, LS Fest West.

The LS Fest (based upon GM’s ubiq­ui­tous LS plat­form) is truly a scrump­tious smor­gas­bord of au­to­mo­tive won­der­ful­ness. It in­cludes au­tocross, road rac­ing, drift­ing, off-road, dyno chal­lenge, car show and, most im­por­tant to those read­ing this mag­a­zine, drag rac­ing.

The drag rac­ers were a truly eclec­tic bunch. If an LS could be shoe­horned within the frame rails, it was in the pits. Ad­di­tion­ally, the class sys­tem de­vised by Hol­ley cre­ated a home for just about any wheeled con­fig­u­ra­tion. There was a pas­sel of new, high­dol­lar ’Vettes, Ca­maros and Cadil­lacs, and their own­ers weren’t at all bash­ful about throt­tling their rides as if they were rental cars. Also among the com­peti­tors were a bunch of trai­tor­ous LS-equipped Ford Mus­tangs.

No mat­ter the genre, es­pe­cially drag rac­ing, par­tic­i­pants were deadly se­ri­ous about com­pet­ing, but the fun quo­tient was very high. All in­volved judged this in­au­gu­ral event a roar­ing suc­cess. Well over 400 cars rolled through the gates, and if the level of en­thu­si­asm was an ac­cu­rate gauge, you’d bet­ter be mak­ing your lodg­ing reser­va­tions for next year’s LS Fest West pretty quickly, or you’re gonna be sleep­ing in your car.

Street King fi­nals saw Kevin Lums­den card a 10.490/127/11 (10.50 dial) to take the win over a too-ea­ger Steve Keefer.

Brian Manske and his snorkeled Pon­tiac T/A took the LS Out­law crown by de­feat­ing Clay For­rester, 4.96/152.11 to 5.05/150.90, in 1/8-mile com­pe­ti­tion

The LS Truck ti­tle fell to James Hat­field, who took out Jerry Ost­gard’s nifty Chevy SSR with a 5.27/135.17 in the 18th.

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