I know, I know. As the headline states, I’m already hyping up next year’s 25th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and it’s only been two days since Greg Olson held up the 2012 Top Gun trophy at the 24th annual event in Missouri after making a seriously impressive 192-mph run in his Eliminator Boats 33 Daytona with twin 1,800-hp GT Performance engines. But believe me, next year’s silver anniversary will be something you don’t want to miss.
From jaw-dropping runs such as the one from Olson, who lives in Alliance, Neb., and another from Brad Rowland, who drove his South Bay powered by triple 300-hp outboards to 112 mph to claim Top Gun in the non-professional pontoon class, the thrill of watching and hearing runs like that have defined the Shootout for parts of four different decades. Fortunately over the last few years—and hopefully for another 25—the event has surpassed just being a two-day top-speed race as organizers now deliver a full week of activities in and around the sprawling Lake of the Ozarks.