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King and Queen Once Again

After talking with both Don London and Summer Richardson about their achievements Saturday in the Desert Storm Poker Run Shootout in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., it’s hard to tell who’s more proud of whom—but being a father of two girls myself, I’m going to have to give the nod to Don on this one since he’s awfully proud of his daughter and her ability to run a boat.

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After picking up their trophies for being the fastest overall male and female in the Desert Storm Poker Run Shootout, Summer Richardson and her father, Don London, had a good time at the awards party. Photo by Tom Leigh/Tommy Gun Images

Then again, Richardson was extremely proud of how much work her father put in alongside engine guru Carson Brummett to get his Dial 911 Skater Powerboats 388 catamaran ready to lay down a jaw-dropping overall-best 185 mph on the event’s new three-quarter-mile course. And while she was 32 mph off her father’s clip after they switched out the seats so she could run Dial 911, Richardson still rattled off an impressive 153-mph pass—she told her mom, Connie, she’d keep it around 130 mph after pushing it up to 176 mph on Desert Storm’s one-mile track in 2016 so she might have some explaining to do.

Kidding aside, the fact that the father-daughter team from Southern California kept its focus after a very busy week of events and hosting friends and family members was pretty impressive. And it’s not the first time it’s happened. In 2013, the daughter and father earned the Queen and King crowns when Richardson ran 138 mph in a DCB F32 catamaran powered by twin Teague Custom Marine 1025EFI engines and London ran 180 mph in the 38-foot Skater that was powered by twin 1,800-hp supercharged Brummett Marine engines back then.

Nowadays—as of about a week ago—the Dial 911 Skater is powered by a pair of Brummett’s latest-and-greatest new turbocharged offerings that make between 1400 hp and 1900 hp, depending on the fuel. According to London, on 91- and 100-octane fuel, the engines produce 1425 hp and 1680 hp respectively. On ethanol, the engines make about 1,900 hp.

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