The Wake Effects/CMS Offshore Racing team (from left: Rusty Rahm, Gene Greber and Jeff Harris) are ready for the fourth SBI race of the season in Mentor, Ohio, this weekend. Photo courtesy CMS Offshore Racing
Beginning with the upcoming Wednesday evening Shootout on the Strip—the huge boat display on Bagnell Dam Strip in Lake Ozarks, Mo., that is part of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout—the team at Wake Effects, the local MTI, MasterCraft and Crest Pontoon dealer, is going to be running full-steam ahead for many days.
And not just because of the 28th annual top-speed event, which takes place Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 27-28) at Captain Ron’s in Sunrise Beach. Even more so because of the season’s fourth Super Boat International offshore race in Mentor, Ohio, this weekend in which Wake Effects owner Rusty Rahm will be running the Wake Effects 48-foot MTI alongside his CMS Offshore Racing teammate and throttleman, Jeff Harris.
“Here’s the deal,” said Rahm, whose team holds the points lead in the Superboat Unlimited class heading into Sunday’s Mentor Super Boat Grand Prix. “My 52 MTI, which is currently for sale, is going to be on display Wednesday evening with several other MTIs. On Thursday we plan to do the MTI Owner’s Fun Run in the morning, then we’re doing the Make-A-Wish kids rides at Captain Ron’s in the MTI as well as one of our MasterCraft models.
“Then on Friday we’ll be running the MTI in the Poly Lift Poker Run in the morning followed by a couple of demo rides that afternoon,” he continued. “That evening, we’re flying out for the race in Mentor. It’s going to be busy but fun. Hopefully we can get another win.”
Rusty Rahm (center with Adam, left, and Rich Maresco) brought his 52-foot MTI to the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in Georgia last month.
According to Rahm, the 52-foot cat will be at the docks at Captain Ron’s on Saturday and Sunday, and it’s likely that MTI’s Randy Scism and Tim Gallagher will take it out for a pass in the Shootout.
“Of course, we’ll be checking in on the Shootout from Ohio, and it’ll be the same for the guys at the Shootout trying to find out what’s going on in Ohio,” Rahm said. “It feels strange that I won’t be at the lake this year, but I’m committed to racing and I know the team back at home can handle things without me.”
Along with the fun he’s having on the racecourse, Rahm has also recently enjoyed working closely with the team at MTI to design the next two Wake Effects inventory boats—an MTI-V 42 with quad Mercury Racing Verado 400R engines and the company’s third 340X catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing Verado 400Rs.
MTI’s third 34-foot cat—No. 1 is set to debut at the Shootout on the Strip Wednesday (read the story)—can be yours by calling Rahm or the Wake Effects team at 573-348-2100. If you act quickly you might still have time to pick paint and interior colors.
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