For the wedding of James Karger and Sarah Huggins of Fort Worth, Texas, the bride and groom decided to celebrate their shared interests -- namely, their turbocharged V8-powered Ford Mustang. Since most reception halls frown on burnouts and parking lot drag races, the Karger-Huggins party did the next best thing: Had a groom's cake made that's a near-perfect replica of a General Motors LS1 V8.
The couple built up their Fox-body Mustang with a 6-liter turbocharged LSX motor, doing much of the work themselves to build a monster of a street-legal 'Stang. For the wedding last weekend, the duo tasked cake designer Wendy Collinsworth to construct a copy of the LS1 engine -- complete with pulleys,spark-plug wires and composite intake on top. Collingsworth tells us she needed several days of study with an LS-engine building guide from the local library to get everything just right. Total assembly costs: about $1,000.
Hotrodders know that the LS-series engines make great upgrades for older Mustangs thanks to decades of production and simplicity. Like a Chevy engine in a Mustang, pairings that seem strange at first can often be the most successful.