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Desert Storm Parties: Choose Your Vibe


There’s plenty to do after dark with your fellow performance-boat enthusiasts during Desert Storm. Photo courtesy/copyright Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.

If you had to break Desert Storm in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., set this year for May 2-7, into three main events it would go like this: Thursday’s nine-and-a-half-hour street party on McCulloch Boulevard, the following day’s poker run on Lake Havasu and Saturday’s top-speed shootout on the popular Colorado River-fed waterway. From street to fleet, those are decidedly communal activities where performance-boat enthusiasts can rub shoulders with their own.

But as more than one out-of-town visitor has observed at Desert Storm during the years, the community—by nature of spread out lodging for those not staying at the Nautical Inn, the event’s official host hotel—gets dispersed, especially after dark. With the poker run the following morning after the noon-till-9:30 p.m. street party, most folks call it early on Thursday night. And Friday night, the poker run dinner and awards party takes center stage.

But that doesn’t mean you have to be on your own socially Wednesday and Saturday nights. To kick things off, Horizon Motorsports LLC, which took over the facility at 1515 Industrial Boulevard once occupied by ill-fated Oregon Custom Marine, is having its annual open house starting at approximately 6 p.m. and shutting down around 10 p.m. Open to the public, the catered event will be well stocked with adult beverages—available at no charge—to attendees in the relaxed and cordial environment.

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