This is not really a true statement, but I swear everyone I know is heading to the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run—or already there, right first-to-arrive Windship MTI owner John Woodruff?—to take part in the one-of-a-kind 200-mile poker run in the Louisiana Bayou this week. Of course, Pete Boden, chief photographer for speedonthewater.com, is on his way, as are several of my West Coast friends—Devin Wozencraft of Wozencraft Insurance with his 30-foot Skater Powerboats cat, John Caparell with his 32-foot Doug Wright Poker Run Edition cat and the Speedboat magazine team of Ray Lee and Todd Taylor.
For the past several years, John Woodruff’s Windship 48-foot MTI has been the first out-of-town boat to arrive at the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run. Mike Goldbaugh’s LATE FEE$ X2, a 36-foot Skater, is behind the MTI. Photo courtesy Tickfaw 200 Poker Run
And many of my local cohorts, Dave Branton (who will be showing off VOODOO, his brand-new 38-foot Skater), Jeff Ford, Nate Michel, Keith Nunez, Michael Pierce and more, are going to be representing in the poker run—although Michel has plans to do the run by helicopter since the MTI he’s updating isn’t ready yet. Yesterday I even saw a picture of the massive MTI-V 57 luxury performance center console owned by South Carolina’s Todd and Debby Campbell being delivered to the host location—Blood River Landing in Springfield, La.
Needless to say I’m disappointed I’m not en route to the Bayou to cover the annual two-day event that features eight stops that are open on both Friday and Saturday.