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From Vegas with Horsepower

Recap of the Winners at Holley LS Fest West

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Jamie Dent

Photography by Scott Killeen

Organizers L to R: Chad Reynolds, Adam Hanna, Carrie Strange, Mike Morrison, Betsy Bennett

Las Vegas, Nevada, baby! Picture this: the Holley LS Fest West roaring into town like a beast on four wheels, revving up the asphalt at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway from April 26-28, 2024. This shindig ain’t your average car meet; nah, it’s a full-throttle celebration of all things LS engine from GM. You got your gearheads from every corner gathering round, ready to rip it up in Autocross, Drifting, Drag Racing, Off-Road showdowns, and then some. But it’s not just about the racing; it’s about the vibe, man. Folks bonding over their love for LS-powered rides, swapping stories, and soaking in that sweet, sweet automotive culture.

Now, let’s rewind the tape a bit. The roots of this bash stretch back over a decade to Bowling Green, Kentucky, Holley’s stomping ground. Started off as a small gig for LS muscle cars, and now? It’s a global phenomenon, baby. LS Fest West popped its hood in Sin City back in 2017, bringing the party out west. And year after year, it’s grown into this monster of an event, drawing in folks from all walks of life to witness the LS engine flex its muscles in drag races, off-road tracks, and sideways drift battles.

Fast-forward to 2024, and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is buzzing like a hive of horsepower. Car show? You betcha. Classic rides, modern beasts, all strutting their stuff, showing off what an LS engine can do. But the real showstopper? The Grand Champion showdown, where drivers throw down in multiple events to snag that top spot. And hey, it’s not just about the races; you got vendors peddling the latest LS tech and aftermarket goodies, turning this fest into a gearhead’s paradise.

So, in a nutshell, the Holley LS Fest West ain’t just about burning rubber and throwing sparks; it’s a full-blown celebration of LS power. It’s where petrolheads come to swap stories, push their rides to the limit, and soak in that sweet, sweet camaraderie that comes with being part of the LS family.

Couldn’t make it to the event? No worries! The Auto Builder has got you covered. Join us as we recap the big winners of Holley’s LS Fest West 2024.

Holley LS Fest West Grand Champions

From L to R: Grand Champion, Late Model Class: #96 Duke Langley, from Umatilla, NV, with his 2002 Chevrolet Corvette. Grand Champion, Vintage Class: #95 Richard Lammi from Morgan Hill, CA, with his 1977 Datsun 280Z. Grand Champion, Truck Class: #36 David Carroll from Great Falls, MT with his 1973 Chevy Blazer.

Holley’s LS Fest West isn’t just another competition; it’s where automotive legends are made. The Grand Champion title isn’t handed out lightly — it’s earned through a grueling series of challenges that test both machine and driver. From the adrenaline-fueled drag races where street tires grip against high horsepower, to the precision-demanding road courses and the balance-testing skid pads, every aspect of automotive performance is put to the test. It’s not just about power; it’s about finesse, control, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Winners in each class — Late Model, Vintage, and Truck — may take home cash prizes and coveted jackets, but the true reward lies in the respect earned as the ultimate master of automotive prowess at LS Fest West.

Dyno Challenge Winner

Griffin Steinfeld's supercharged Volvo wagon, built for street and strip, quickly became a crowd favorite. It made its debut on the dragstrip, flexing its muscles with a swift run, clocking in at just under 9 seconds. With its 370-cubic-inch LS3 engine, powered by a Magnusson 2650 supercharger fed through drive-by-wire throttle bodies, this beast was poised to dominate the power adder leaderboard. Pumping out an impressive 876 horsepower at its peak, with only 20 pounds of boost, it confidently claimed the top spot.

3S Challenge & Autocross Winner

In the adrenaline-fueled 3S Challenge, the S's stand for "Speed. Stop, & Steering". Drivers blaze away from the start line, expertly maneuvering through a demanding 180-degree turn before racing back, aiming to halt within a marked box without grazing a single cone. Duke Langley secured victory in the 3S Challenge, showcasing his unmatched skill behind the wheel of his 2002 Chevrolet Corvette. Langley also claimed the top spot in the Autocross challenge.

Grand Champion Drag Race Winner

Andy Voelkel scored the fastest quarter mile time in the Lingenfelter 2021 Corvette, sporting an experimental C8 package with a massive supercharger under the hatch. We'd say that the experiment is a huge success.

Drift Challenge Winner

Speed's a thrill, but drifting takes it up a notch with finesse, precision, and style. It's that primal urge to break traction, get sideways, and control the chaos. The LS engine? It's the perfect match for this symphony of power and torque. LS Fest West? It's where the masters of momentum turn asphalt into their own sideways playground of automotive bliss. Matt Coffman secured the top spot with his LS equipped S13 Nissan 240SX.

Car Show Winner

Best of Show winner went to Michael Cooper of Lancaster, CA, with his beautiful 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle.

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