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LS Fest 2015 Engine Swap Challenge, Show-and-Shine, and Dyno Challenge Results

By: Alex Healey09/15/2015 < Back to Blog Home
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When you think of LS Fest, the various types of racing are probably what come to mind first, whether it be drag racing, autocross, or drifting. However, there are a variety of events to compete in that don't require a race track at all. The first of those takes place on the Saturday morning of LS Fest each year. Two teams arrive with two vehicles ripe for an LS implant, and race to complete the swap using Holley-supplied components. This year, teams from Kentucky and Alabama brought their own '73-87 Chevrolet C/10 trucks. The team that completes the swap first gets to keep all of the components used, including the engine and transmission.

Early on, the Alabama-based team built a comfortable lead. However, after starting the truck, Team Alabama couldn't get it to shut off. This provided enough of a delay for Team Kentucky to come from behind as they were able to fire their truck up and successfully complete the road test. All was not lost for Team Alabama though, as they were offered all of the Holley components at a significant discount, which they gladly took advantage of.

The Show-N-Shine portion of LS Fest allows anyone with an LS-powered vehicle to get in on the fun by showing off their rides. The show-n-shine features an eclectic mix of vehicles, whether it be a pristine factory example or a wild LS swap into a vehicle that you would never expect to find such a drivetrain. With several categories, the potential to bring home a trophy is there for almost any type of LS-powered vehicle in existence.

  Car Number  Name Year/Make/Model Award
Classic Custom (49-63) 550CS Larry Frieders 1962 Chevy Corvette Plaque
Muscle Car (64-74) 375CS Jerry Fagg 1967 Chevy Chevelle Wagon Plaque
Street Machine (75-95) 361CS Mike Personette 1988 Chevy Monte Carlo SS Plaque
Late Model (96-15) 164 Donnie and Jenny Turley 2010 Chevy Camaro Plaque
Non-Domestic AA32 Randall Farless 1996 Nissan 240SX Plaque
Classic Truck (Pre- 74) 476CS Lynn and Kevin Kirby  1955 Chevrolet Plaque
Muscle Truck (75-95) 418CS Alex Adkins 1993 Chevy Silverado Plaque
Late Model Truck (96-15) 499CS Scott Hamlin 2004 Chevy Colorado Plaque
Just Because 360CS Adam Cunningham 2006 Chevy Trailblazer SS Plaque
Under Construction 440CS Derrick Robinson 1969 Chevy Camaro RS SS Plaque
Best Paint 488CS Malcolm McMallan 1967 Chevy Chevelle  Plaque
Best Interior 436CS Troy Russell 1962 Chevy Bel Air Plaque
Holley Presidents Pick 45AA JB Grainger 1966 Chevy Corvair Plaque
Sponsors Pick 487CS Paul Bealenkopf 1967 Chevy C10 Plaque
Chevy High Staff Pick 309 Brent Schubring 2001 Chevy Camaro Plaque/$500 Holley Certificate
Best of Show 315CS Lynn and Kevin Kirby  1957 2 Door Hard Top $500 / BIG TROPHY


The dyno challenge is another way to establish ultimate bragging rights for the next 364 days. Numbers never lie, and the dyno will always separate the contenders from the pretenders. This year, Kyle Katzenbach's Trailblazer SS put down a monstrous 1105 horsepower to take first in the power adder category, while Charlie Polly's '98 Camaro set the pace for naturally aspirated cars, knocking down 641 horsepower.

    Power Number Name  Year/Make/Model
Power Added Class 1st 1105 HP 452CS Kyle Katzenbach 2007 Chevy Trailblazer
  2nd 839 HP 504CS Joshua Tyrrell 2002 Chevy Corvete Z06
  3rd 748 HP 559CS Clint Richardson 1992 GMC Sonoma
Non- Power Adder Class 1st 641 HP 357J Charles Polly 1998 Chevolet Camaro
  2nd 593 HP 443CS Wesley Hendley 1997 Chevrolet Corvette
  3rd 505 HP 551CS Brian Hendrick 2002 Pontiac Trans AM