Video: Holley’s LS Fest West Recap

LS Fest West has come and gone, but it was such an amazing event we’re still talking about it months later. In case you didn’t make it out, the inaugural “Fest” was one hell of a good time and a first in a lot of regards. Not only was it the first time LS Fest was held anywhere other than the mecca that is Bowling Green, Kentucky, it was the first time that the off-road crowd was spotlighted—and those dudes know how to have a good time.

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While there were many first at this year’s event, one constant at every LS Fest is drag racing. The field may not have been as big as back east but we suspect that the event will be double the size next year.

In the months since LS Fest West, we’ve brought you same-day coverage, features, highlights, and even a recap of our LSX Magazine cruise to Hoover Dam. And while we do our best to make it feel as if you were there yourself, we can’t be everywhere at once. Luckily for us, Holley had enough videographers on hand to basically be omnipresent—and they got some great footage from the first-ever Holley LS Fest West.

One of these days, people are going to start shooting these things in virtual reality, but until that day, this is likely the closest you’ll get to being there in person if you missed it. No worries though, you can always just put it on your schedule for next year since it will be going down again the exact same time and place in 2018. We’ll be on hand with several of our projects that are currently underway, and the cruise to Hoover Dam will be taking place once again.

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The Dirt Alliance guys had no reservations about going wide open towards a 20-foot hit.

One of the highlights in the video, and in real life for us, was the Dirt Alliance guys “sending it” in the massive dirt course Holley built for the event. Even video doesn’t capture how awesome it is to watch massive off-road trucks huck themselves off a 20-foot tall dirt jump with reckless abandon. Pair that with the awesome soundtrack of a myriad LS engines at damn near full tilt, and you have yourself a recipe for a good time.

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The Ultra 4 guys showed the LS Fest crowd what horsepower is all about.

Another first for LS Fest was the burnout contest put on by the guys from Hoonigan. And while we—naively perhaps—assumed that the contest would be attended mostly by drag and drift cars, we were pleasantly mistaken when some of the Ultra 4 guys rolled in to lay down some smoke. Watching a buggy spin massive 37-inch tires is an awe inspiring sight and a reminder as to just how potent, capable and reliable the LS engine really is.

It still amazes us to this day that the LS engine can bring people from all walks of life together for a weekend full of bad ass automotive action, but we are thankful to Holley for making it all happen. From off-road guys to drift nuts, Holley LS Fest West had it all and had something for everyone. Hopefully this video can tide you over until next year, but if it can’t, we’ll see you in September for Holley LS Fest proper. See you there!

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Chase Christensen hails from Salt Lake City, and grew up around high-performance GM vehicles. He took possession of his very first F-body— an ’86 Trans Am— at the age of 13 and has been wrenching ever since.
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