After making sure its quad 1,700-hp engines fired up earlier today, the crew behind last year’s Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Top Gun-winning American Ethanol Mystic Powerboats catamaran informed speedonthewater.com that the boat is ready to head to Oklahoma in a couple of weeks.
The American Ethanol Mystic catamaran is expected to participate in next month’s GLOC Performance Boat Challenge Shootout in Grove, Okla. Photo by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix
The 51-foot cat, which recorded a 208-mph top speed at the 27th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout last August, is one of several notable go-fast boats registered for the GLOC Performance Boat Challenge Shootout on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Grove, Okla., which is returning July 7-10 after a successful inaugural event last year. Owned by longtime Shootout participant Don Onken, an Illinois farmer behind Oil Filter Recyclers, Onken Racing and Lightning Performance Group, the Mystic is the likely favorite, although Win Farnsworth will be bringing Low Altitude his turbine-powered 50-foot cat to the event as well for the second year in a row.
The cockpit duo that ran American Ethanol 208 mph—driver Myrick Coil and throttleman John Cosker, who owns Mystic—are going to be driving the boat in Oklahoma and using the event as a testing ground to possibly run even faster at the 2016 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout.
“I’m excited to hear that Myrick and the boys are bringing the Mystic to the shootout out here,” said Oklahoma performance boater Carlton Bass, who along with DCB Performance Boats is sponsoring the event’s new one-mile FasTrac racecourse. “I’ve been encouraging a lot of my boating friends to register. I’m even helping some of them get their helmets and Lifelines together, and we’ll be going out to practice our 40-mph starts to get used to that. We’re excited and proud for Grand Lake to have an event like this that showcases this beautiful lake and helps raise money for the area. That’s the main reason I’m supporting it and the reason I got DCB involved with it.”
Bass is planning to run Cat’s Ass, his DCB M35 Widebody with twin Mercury Racing 1100 engines, like he did last year. But thanks to the extended course—the 2015 course was 3/4 of a mile—he expects to run about 10 mph faster and reach a top speed near 150 mph.
Oklahoma’s Carlton Bass is planning to his 35-foot DCB Cat’s Ass (left) in the GLOC Shootout. Photo by Jason Johnson
“None of this is about trophies, you know that, right?” Bass asked. “This is about boaters coming together to enjoy the camaraderie and run our boats all out while raising some money for the local community. It’s the same way at Lake of the Ozarks and any event we go to for that matter. It’s just about being on the roster and running as fast as you can. There aren’t any winners and losers. So often we lose focus of why we’re participating in these shootouts and poker runs in the first place. It’s about giving back and spending time with other people who have the speed gene.”
Some of the notable people and boats expected to participate in the upcoming GLOC Shootout include the 2nd Amendment offshore race team, the two-boat Gone Again fleet of Skater Powerboats catamarans driven by Kenny Mungle and Lee Lockwood of Texas, John Caparell of California in his 32-foot Doug Wright Poker Run edition catamaran, Georgia performance boater Garth Tagge in his Skater, Arizona’s Bo Gregory in his Eliminator Boats cat and Cigarette Racing Team V-bottom owners Mike and Mark Maasen—the brothers behind Poly Lift Boat Lifts in Missouri.
With a few dozen boats signed up for the event, which takes place at the newly constructed Grand Lake Casino and Lakeside Bar & Grill, organizers are encouraging participants to sign up soon in case they reach their 75-boat limit.
For more information on the event, check out this preview and more on the event website.
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