It seems hard to believe that the Texas Outlaw Challenge is 11 years old. It doesn’t feel like it’s been a year since Paul Robinson and company were hosting the 10th anniversary bash and now, some 350 days later, the event is kicking off a week from today with its early arrival pre-party at Sam’s Boat at Endeavour Marina.
It turns out Vern Gilbert will not be in Texas to defend his Outlaw National Shoot-Out Championship during next week’s Texas Outlaw Challenge. Instead, the owner of West Coast Drives in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., is getting married. Photo by Ryan Johnson
In anticipation of one of the biggest and most popular poker runs in the country thanks to its street festivals, pool parties, top-speed contests and more, I spoke to Robinson yesterday and he shared some interesting news that reaches further than this year’s Texas Outlaw Challenge and far beyond the Lone Star State.
“We’re going to have a special unveiling of a new offshore race team at the Stampede Street Party on Thursday night in Kemah,” said Robinson, adding that the new Superboat Unlimited-class team is sponsored by the Swedish-based Huski Chocolate and is going to be based out of the Houston area. “There’s going to be a lot of excitement behind the race team, which Bruce Bullock of Bullock Marine, a longtime supporter of the Texas Outlaw Challenge, is going to manage. I can’t say much more right now, but we’ve got some big plans in store for the future.”
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