Once again, last weekend’s Texas Outlaw Challenge didn’t disappoint. Ask anyone who was there.
Gino Gargiulo participated in the Texas Outlaw Challenge for the first time in Raging Bull, his Lamborghini-themed MTI catamaran. Photo by Jay Nichols/Naples Image. To see more images from the seventh annual event, check out our 2014 Texas Outlaw Challenge Gallery
The seventh annual Texas Outlaw Challenge did not disappoint first-time participant Gino Gargiulo, who brought his new Lamborghini-themed 48-foot Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) catamaran from Florida for the event. Gargiulo had the boat on display at the Kemah Boardwalk, participated in the GPS Outlaw Shootout and enjoyed all of the poker run stops as well as the parties. He and Larry Goldman of Xtreme Marine in Miami called the event incredible and Gargiulo said the six-shooter awards were the nicest he’s received at any event.
The poker run certainly didn’t disappoint South Florida performance boat enthusiasts Greg Harris and Yvonne Aleman, who travel to many events throughout the year and attended the Texas Outlaw Challenge last year. “For me, the highlight was seeing all the performance boats that are generally not at the East Coast events—some new eye candy to enjoy,” Aleman said. Harris added: “This year we tried to vary the events that we attended at the Challenge. The crazy part is every time we went to one there were two to three others at the same time.”
Paul Robinson, who started and still organizes the Texas Outlaw Challenge, was not disappointed either—in fact, he said this year went smoother than ever. Robinson credited that to a focused effort to use the Kemah Boardwalk. Robinson was grateful that fellow event organizers such as Jim Nichols of the Desert Storm Poker Run, John Woodruff of the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run and Joey Fontenot of the Tickfaw 200 Poker Run were in attendance. He also was excited to report that the event had more than 30 first-time poker run participants.
“We changed up the main location and used a lot more of the Kemah Boardwalk amenities, which worked out well,” Robinson said. “Our charity contributions doubled this year, too, as did our car show attendance. We gave out the most awards ever—100 guns—and we had 70 different sponsors so it was successful.”
Robinson said there 180 boats signed up for the event and just about 1,000 registered guests in town. Along with dozens of impressive go-fast V-bottoms from the likes of Cigarette Racing, Fountain Powerboats, Donzi Marine, Outerlimits Powerboats, Statement Marine and more, there were several exotic catamarans from DCB Performance Boats, E-Ticket Boats, MTI, Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats, and Skater Powerboats in attendance. There also were more center console models than ever before from a variety of performance boat manufacturers.
There’s no need to burden you with any more words when there’s a nice assortment of images in our 2014 Texas Outlaw Challenge Photo Gallery. Check it out now and we also recommend watching the YouTube video above from Friday’s pool party.