True confession: I was trying to reach veteran offshore racer Jeff Harris, the throttleman for the 2016 Super Boat International Unlimited Class World Champion Wake Effects team, when I first connected via Facebook with Jeff Harris, the 36-year-old owner of Harris Performance LLC in Dadeville, Ala. That kind of thing happens often to the Alabama-based full-service engine building and rigging company owner, and he actually has come to appreciate and enjoy it.
Based in Alabama, a full-service high-performance powerboat service outfit continues to thrive.
“I do get a lot of perks from that,” he said, then chuckled. “People call me by mistake and they’ll say, ‘Well, now that I have you on the phone, I do need some work done or some parts.’ I talk to Bob Teague of Teague Custom Marine a lot, and every time I call him he says, ‘Is this the racer Jeff Harris or the redneck Jeff Harris?’
“I’m the redneck rigger Jeff Harris,” he added, then laughed again.
For a closer look at the Harris Performance Eliminator 25 Daytona project, check out the slideshow above.
Inspired by his father’s street rod business, Harris started his company 12 years ago. He loved fast cars but was less than enamored with speed limits and such.