Among the highlights of last Saturday’s Top Speed Shootout during the annual Desert Storm event on Lake Havasu in Arizona was the side-by-side exhibition run of Kenny Mungle’s Gone Again, a 32-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran with twin 1,500-plus-hp engines from Sterling Performance, and Rick Bowling’s Gone Again, a 37-foot Talon catamaran with a pair of Mercury Racing 1350 engines. It wasn’t a real head-to-head race, though for the record the smaller Gone Again would drop the larger one like a bad habit, but it was by most accounts one of the most entertaining moments of the day.
Gone Again times two put on a show for the spectators during the Desert Storm Top Speed Shootout last Saturday. Photo courtesy/copyright Jay Nichols/Naples Image. (Click image to enlarge.)
And, of course, photographer Jay Nichols captured it from his aerial perch.
“That was something Kenny arranged,” said Bowling, who owned and campaigned Mungle’s 32-footer on the Pacific Offshore circuit from 1992 to 1996. “He got permission for me to run next to him.”
“Rick and I have been trying for seven years to make that exact thing happen, and none of the other shootouts would let us do it,” said Mungle. “There was some coordination required—we had to get approval from High Risk, the insurance company, through Rick Felsen, before we did it. We were both super, super excited to do that. It was really cool deal.”