September in Bowling Green, Kentucky means one thing: hometown performance hero Holley Performance taking over the grounds of Beech Bend Raceway Park for three weekends of high-performance excitement. Most know Holley for its traveling celebration of the General Motors LS and Gen 5+ LT V8s, LS Fest, the longest-running segment of which began in Bowling Green nearly 15 years ago, then spreading out to Las Vegas and Texas in the years since.
However, Holley has thrown another party for Mopar fans for the past three years on the weekend after the big LS Fest: the Holley MoParty. Unlike the big GM extravaganza where, as Regular Car Reviews says, “on a long enough timeline, everything gets an LS swap,” it’s all Hemis, Magnums and Viper V10s all the time at the MoParty. Thus, we headed over to Bowling Green this year to spend a day at the fourth edition of the MoParty to experience Holley’s youngest high-octane celebration first-hand.
Holley Performance’s schedule of events for the MoParty lines up with both those for LS Fest and the Intergalactic Ford Festival. This means everything from burnout contests and countryside cruises to autocross and drag racing. To make the MoParty stand-out a bit more, though, Holley brings not only Mopar fans to Beech Bend, but also mullet fans with the MoParty Mullet Contest. Those mullets could also enjoy riding shotgun in a Dodge Charger weaving through the cones at the Dodge Thrill Rides on the short track between autocross events.
If Mopars going down the quarter-mile or tackling the cones weren’t enough, a shuttle ride (pulled by a Ram pickup, of course) from the main party grounds brought off-road fans to the Jeep 4×4 Experience. There, they could witness Jeeps, Dodges and Rams crawl over rocks and jump over hills over a pair of courses, then demonstrate how they got it done on a special articulation ramp built to show-off the suspension.
Since the first Holley MoParty in 2020, the Pentastar-blessed celebration has only drawn more and more Mopar fans of all ages and stripes to the Bluegrass State. While only time will tell if the MoParty grows to include other parts of the country, it’s safe to say that this is one party no one should miss, no matter where it’s held.