By mid-morning, the scene today on McCulloch Boulevard in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., will be one of borderline chaos. That just comes with the territory of moving in more than a mile of high-performance catamarans and V-bottoms, exotic tractor-trailers, choppers, dirt bikes, sand rails and all manner of motorized goodies onto both sides of the street for tonight’s famed Desert Storm Street Party.
From giving poker run participants something fun to do in the evening to establishing community buy-in, pre-event exhibits of exotic boats and cars have become essential elements for organizers. Photo courtesy/copyright Jeff Helmkamp/Helmkamp Photos.
Though the exhibits open at 1 p.m., the event won’t really get cooking until dusk. And then it will become an elbow-to-elbow affair with thousands of visitors from in-the-know performance-boat fans to folks who have never seen anything like the hardware display on Lake Havasu City’s best-known thoroughfare. When attendance peaks, crossing the street will be a challenge.
The first such event of the 2019 go-fast boating season, the Desert Storm bash is the mother of performance-boating street parties, the one by which all others are measured. An immediate hit when it was added to the Desert Storm event roster, it inspired other organizers to add similar displays to their events.