In just eight weeks the spotlight will be on Central Missouri for the 27th annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout. And while the event’s record-setting 244-mph top speed set last year by the Qatar Team’s turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic Al Adaa’am 96 is unlikely to be challenged (especially with the team suspending its involvement in the sport), that’s a good thing because it means the overall Top Gun trophy is up for grabs.
The Waves and Wheels Skater project boat is likely to be the center of attention at the Shootout Street Party on the Strip in August.
Of course the Shootout runs on Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 29-30) are the primary reason powerboat enthusiasts will be in town or glued to their computers, TVs, tablets and more, but the event has grown far beyond the two days of one-mile blasts across the lake near the accommodating Sunrise Beach establishment Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill. In fact, if you’re coming to town this year, you best make plans to be there by Wednesday for the revitalized Street Party on the Strip.
Announced in April that the event’s popular public showcase would return to the Bagnell Dam Strip after a two-year run as the Street Party in the Park at Laurie Fairgrounds, several Shootout volunteers have been working diligently to enhance the party.
One of those volunteers is Justin Wagner, owner of Waves and Wheels in Osage Beach. An outspoken proponent for bringing the event back to Lake Ozarks for the potential the street provides versus the park, Wagner is putting his money—and time—where his mouth is by sponsoring the Wednesday evening festivities (August 26, 5 to 10 p.m.) along Business Highway 54.