S197 Mustang Leaves Massive Trail of Burnt Rubber LS Fest in Vegas
This S197 may look like a perfectly rude guest at a celebration of GM power but it’s hiding a big secret.
The Mustang vs. Camaro rivalry has been going on for more than 50 years. In that time, bow tie loyalists and blue oval faithful have battled each other on streets, tracks, and website comments sections. There may be some of you out there who can think of nothing more satisfying than stealing the show in a Ford Mustang at a big GM gathering. That seems to be what the driver of this S197 Mustang did during the Holley LSFest West at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway earlier this month. (Key word: seems.)
They certainly brought the wrong car (in all the right ways) to the big bash, which consisted of several events including drag races, autocross competitions, a burnout contest (aka Tire De Fry’O), and an off-road challenge. The driver of this S197 entered it in the Drift Challenge and crushed it.
After building up a head of steam on the straightaway, they yank the e-brake, hook left, and churn out a cloud of tire smoke.
Shortly after that, they send up an even larger plume of vaporized rubber and break the back end loose for a long rightward slide. The massive streak of white behind them may seem like a giant middle finger to GM fans at their own party, but it really isn’t.
In an odd way, the Mustang driver is being a good guest. Just look at the official description of the Drift Challenge. It states that contestants are judged based on their line, angle, and overall style. They can participate in any vehicle they choose to bring…”as long as it’s powered by an LS or current generation LT engine.”
Yep, that’s right. This rowdy Mustang probably has the heart of its fiercest rival. In the ongoing Mustang vs. Camaro war, we’ll just count this particular round as a tie.
Photos & Video for The Mustang Source by Derin Richardson