In just two weeks, many of the coolest boats in the country will converge on Lake Havasu City, Ariz., for the annual Desert Storm Poker Run. Starting on Wednesday, April 18, with the Krusin’ for Kids charity rides and welcome party, the fun jumps to Thursday’s Street Party, Friday’s Poker Run and Saturday’s Shootout. And while the entire five-day event is pretty remarkable for both participants and spectators alike, the show within the show is most definitely the Street Party, which is open from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Just like last year, Mike Smith plans to have his stunning 43-foot Nordic Boats catamaran at the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Photo by Erick Bryner/Fast Loud Photography (click image to enlarge).
In terms of high-performance hardware you’d be hard-pressed to find another day of the year where you can see so many cool boats, tow rigs, engines, equipment and more in the same place. This year, organizers are adding the “Eye of the Storm,” which is expected to be the centerpiece of the party thanks to helicopters, boats, tow rigs, exotic cars, a beer garden, the registration booth and the Boom Room that is part of the 90-foot semi from Kicker Audio—the presenting sponsor of the 2018 Desert Storm Poker Run.
Of course, Lake Havasu is DCB Performance Boats country—if you didn’t already know that—so you can expect to see a full fleet of DCBs ranging from 28 feet to 44 feet along McCulloch Blvd. Both of the El Cajon, Calif., company’s 44-foot catamarans will be there—Craig Hargreaves’ over-the-top Spooled Up II powered by twin Mercury Racing 1550 engines and Mike Stevenson’s breathtaking white M44 powered by Mercury Racing 1100 engines. The well-known Lickity Split M35 Widebody is going to be on display as well as another 10 plus models from DCB, including the first two outboard-powered M33R cats, one of which is the company’s demo model that will be available for test rides via DCB’s Tony Chiaramonte.
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