The story didn’t take long to gather a full head of steam after Paul Robinson, the producer of the Texas Outlaw Challenge, shared the news (read the story) that the 2016 event in and around Clear Lake, Texas, is going to feature a $5,000 reward or bounty for any piston-powered performance boat that successfully challenges Kenny Mungle’s Skater Powerboats catamaran Gone Again, which posted a 181-mph top speed in 2015 (good for second overall behind the turbine-powered Mystic Powerboats catamaran Low Altitude).
Is the new Texas Outlaw Challenge bounty enticing enough to lure Shootout veterans like Arizona’s Gary Smith and Vern Gilbert to return in the Predator Skater? Photo by Jay Nichols/Naples Image (click image to enlarge).
The interesting concept, which was presented on Friday evening at the Texas Offshore Performance Powerboat Squadron‘s annual awards banquet, got even more intriguing when Robinson received a phone call on Monday from a supportive and big-hearted Texas couple who wanted to “up the bounty” and support the event’s charities at the same time.
Wishing to remain anonymous, the couple offered and pledged another $5,000 to the bounty, bringing the grand total for the late-June event to a Texas-sized $10,000. But rather than give all the money to the winning challenger, Robinson and the donors came up with a pretty good idea in my opinion.
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