We didn’t see nearly as much of JBS Racing on the offshore the racecourse as we would have liked to over the years, but we always appreciated it when we did. Despite that the JBS team of owner/driver Jeff Stevenson and throttleman Joe Skrocki (Brandon Weppner eventually took over the team’s throttling duties) rarely went head to head with Turbine-class arch rivals Marc Granet and Scott Begovich in Miss GEICO, that didn’t’ stop the two teams from developing a colorful and often contentious—at least on the offshoreonly.com message boards—rivalry.
Photographer Jay Nichols shot this photo of the spectacular turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran during the Poker Runs America Cape Coral (Fla.) Poker Run in 2010. Using a 43-foot Nor-Tech V-bottom owned by Alec Cloke as a photo platform, Nichols captured JBS Racing accelerating hard and throwing a hefty roostertail.
“The shot was slightly planned, as Alec put the idea into Jeff’s head on my suggestion,” Nichols recalls. “It was one of those ‘while we’re here’ moments.”
With Stevenson’s sale of the cat a couple of weeks ago to Tom Borisch (Read the story) , the 50-foot Mystic’s days on the racecourse are over. Heading to the paint shop for new graphics, the boat—at least while Borisch owns it—will spend the rest of its days on the poker run circuit.
So farewell, JBS Racing. We never saw as much of you as wanted to, but we always enjoyed it when we did.