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I tried to get there early enough so I could get a spot to shoot the Engine Swap Challenge. Unfortunately, with it being one of the more popular events, the tent was packed. There was hardly any standing room! I decided I would get a few photos and come back later to see how things are going.
Some of the best celebrations were had on the drag strip. Competition was heating up as LS powered cars of all kinds were making passes. More popular this year was the Pontiac Fiero, with many more hitting the strip than last year. I saw two at the strip and one in the Show N Shine. Fans really enjoyed all the drag racing throughout the day.
A highlight was the race between the only non-LS powered cars there: two jet cars. Being without earplugs, I chose to keep my hearing and not get a photo while they were going down the strip. 276 mph is pretty fast, though!
The Show N’ Shine offers participants a chance to showcase their LS-powered car among others for awards. Easily one of the most noticed and talked about cars were Thomas West’s LSX 454 swapped Honda Civic hatchback. Thomas is running nitrous and has plans to procharge the car. I talked with him and he said we’d definitely be able to see more! Many other cars participated in the Show N Shine, including these two unique trucks on Trailblazer SS platforms. Also there was Holley’s Project S14, with a LS2 dropped in it. This one was built to dominate the Autocross competition.
Another more populated event this year was the AutoCross. Trucks, muscle cars, American icons, Miatas, all LS powered, took to the course in order to improve their previously set times. The Miatas looked right at home on the course while some of the bigger and heavier cars seemed to have a disadvantage. Among the Corvettes on the track, this particular Grand Sport kept catching my eye. It looks so mean!
Since last year’s drifting competition was a success, LS Fest had to invite more drifters this year! Drivers included Geoff Stoneback, Rapper Dan Savage, and Mike Skudlarek, all competing in US Drift; several other drivers attended, a few which also participate with Rapper and Skudlarek in the Midwest Drift Union series. Nick Thomas was also back to shake down the car and get ready for FDTX. And plus you’ve got to love the “Don’t Suck” sticker from the guys over at Traction Optional!
Something you don’t always see is the Nissan S12! The one here is the only LS-swapped S12 in the world. How’s that for originality?
All in all, LS Fest was a blast and a nice laid back atmosphere for enthusiasts of all ages to come out and celebrate the heritage behind the LS motor.
Today we take a trip up to Kentucky with Ty Cobb and Cory Stovall’s R32 Skyline GTR.
Photos By: Ty Cobb
Cory’s build started about 2 and half years ago. When the Skyline was purchased and immediately stripped bare and rebuilt from the ground up. Cory’s vision with the Skyline was to improve the cars driving characteristics but stay true to the exterior beauty of the R32 with the N1 Air ducts and headlights.
Cory decided to go with jet black paint to keep the car somewhat low key, since it does already get a lot of attention. Cory works at a body shop so he was able to handle the paint himself.
The power plant begins with a Rb26 from the N1 R32 GTR. The Rb26 works with the upgraded Precision 6265 billet wheel t4 turbo, and a long list of helper upgrades (listed below). The build was done by Cory as well except for the engine tuning which was done at Dynosty.
The interior remains subtle with the most noticeable upgrade being the Nardi Suede steering to match the suede accents.
Gonna end it with a up close side profile shot, and you can really see how well of a job Cory did restoring the Skyline by the look of the body panels. I always think that the hardest part of restoration is putting it all back together the way it originally was. We will continue to follow up with Cory and his R32, but he is very satisfied with where the car is at the moment so it may remain the way it is for a while
Thanks for looking!
24u n1 rb26 fresh rebuild
Precision 880cc injectors
Tomei 1.2mm head gasket
Tomei metal intake manifold gaskets
Tomei oil pan baffle
Tomei oil restrictor
Power enterprise Kevlar timing belt
Tilton twin disk clutch
Obx fuel rail
15 gal aluminum fuel cell
Bosche 044 inline fuel pump with -6/-8 nylon braided fuel lines
Custom -10 braided nylon valve cover catch can lines to Cusco catch can
Nismo clutch fork pivot ball
Short throw shifter
Precision 6265 billet wheel t4 turbo
Custom oil drain for head to oil pan
Nismo motor/trans mounts
ATI crank damper
Hks limited edition black ssqv bov
Bmpc 3.5 inch fmic
Tial 44mm waste gate
Custom piping by Wade Hill
HKS high power catback exhaust
Custom intake with his superflow filter
Cusco brakeman yet cylinder stiffener
Ls2 6.0 coils on custom bracket.
Aem uego wideband
Defi oil pressure/water temp/boost 60mm gauges
Nardi suede steering wheel
full restoration done by me super jet black DuPont paint
Gram light 57 wheels 18×9.5 +12 offset
N1 front bumper ducts
solid rear toe arms to custom hicas eliminator bar
Hks hypermax d coilovers
Apexi strut bars rear/front
Drilled and slotted rotors
After owning several modified cars like a VW Scirocco, a Merkur XR4Ti, an Alfa Romeo GTV6, and a BMW 540i, Michael Starling was looking for more. As a sports car enthusiast over 6 feet tall, there’s not much out there in terms of comfort, which is why Michael likes sport sedans. While reading on the forums about a M5 owner that had a Jag keep up on the interstate, Michael became curious. After selling his 5-series, he picked up the Jaguar S-Type R you see here. If you are like me you may have never even knew these existed, most people do not. We first spotted the car at Fall 2012 Import Alliance, we wanted to get a hold of the owner, and follow the progress of this unique build. The 4.2L Supercharged v8 makes 460hp with the current modifications. Mike’s future plans include re-doing the exhaust setup, and possibly a twin screw supercharger to replace the factory supercharger. He has also considered getting new wheels that don’t rub. Oh, and the license plate? It’s Michael’s way of pissing off Mercedes drivers, especially when they can’t keep up!
Photos By: Ty Cobb
As a MINI owner myself, I am constantly browsing the MINI forums, looking for ideas and giving insight to what I think would work and what wouldn’t. I follow several builds, two of which I’ve had the opportunity to showcase for you here: Robert Jaeger’s MINI Cooper S and John “Jomo” Monk’s MINI Cooper Coupe JCW.
Inspiration comes in many ways. When looking for inspiration on building a Honda, many look to the roots of the manufacturer. The trend is to follow the styling and performance cues of the Japanese Domestic Market. Rarely does someone leave that behind to create something unique.
PHOTOS BY: TY COBB
Well it was Import Alliance’s final meet of the year at LP Field in Nashville, and I was able to go and check it out for a little while. This event this year was better organized due to some of the problems that happened last year. There was more security to keep the idiots from ruining the event for everyone. We also have a video by Charlie Banks that he shared with us on our FB page, that got a good bit of cars in his video.
Video By: Charlie Banks
Photos By: Ty Cobb
The third annual Holley LS Fest took place in Bowling Green, Ky. Some might ask, why Bowling Green? Being the home of the Corvette, it makes complete sense to have a festival celebrating LS powered cars. Driving the back road to get to the race park, I was struck with an observation. Kentuckians really know how to appreciate heritage behind car power plants.