Among the most popular competitors in the 32-year history of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Central Missouri, Dennis and Jason Parvey won’t be running their 43-foot, open-cockpit Black Thunder sportboat powered by twin home-built turbocharged engines north of 2,000 hp apiece down the three-quarter-mile course this year. The father-and-son team is out for this year’s event, which is set for August 28-29.
Beloved by Lake of the Ozarks Shootout fans, Dennis and Jason Parvey will not compete in this year’s top-speed contest. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
“Unfortunately, we’re out,” said Jason Parvey, who lives in Texas. “There are just too many things that aren’t quite right.”
In their most recent Lake of the Ozarks Shootout appearance in 2018, the Parveys achieved a top speed of 153 mph in Saturday’s windy conditions but were bested by Jim Schultz and Mike Faucher in Factory Billet, a 51-foot canopied Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats V-bottom, with a 162-mph pass on Sunday. During the 2017 event, the teams dueled to a 161-mph draw.
The battle between the two teams has been one of the most anticipated matchups ever since.
“We could rush and make it happen,” Parvey said. “But, at those speeds, I don’t care to have any unknowns in the back of my head or be worrying about anything.”
In a post on his Facebook page, Parvey vowed that he and his father, a dentist who lives in Minnesota, will return to Shootout competition.