In with the Outlaws!

Artwork for the official Mercury Racing event T-shirt.
Everything’s Big in Texas – including the artwork on the official Mercury Racing event T-shirts.
Endeaver Marina on Clear Lake transform into the poker run village for the weekend.
Endeaver Marina on Clear Lake transforms into the poker run village for the weekend. Photo courtesy Paul Robinson.

We’re getting stoked to head south tomorrow for the 6th Annual Texas Outlaw Challenge poker run. We’re excited to check out this unique venue. Traveling with me is our National Sales Manager Kevin Skiba and prop guru Scott Reichow.  Tad Whitten is delivering our poker run village displays featuring our 1650 RACE and 565 sterndrives, an OptiMax 300XS outboard, Mercury Racing Propellers and Accessories. If you’re attending, stop by and check out our horsepower stable:) Be sure to pick up an assortment of Mercury Racing Sportswear, including the official Everything’s Big in Texas event T-shirts. Boat attendance last year was 127. They are anticipating 200 boats this year!

Event promoter Paul Robinson is excited to have our support. “Mercury Racing has been an original Outlaw Sponsor since our first event 6 years ago, Paul said. “This year they are on-site in a centerpiece display featuring their new 1650 HP engine that debuted at the Miami Boat Show. We are proud to have it make its Texas debut at our event,” said Paul.

Run to Kenny’s

The docks at Endeaver Marina host some of the baddest, fastest boats on the planet during Challenge weekend.
The docks at Endeaver Marina host some of the baddest, fastest boats on the planet during Challenge weekend. Photo courtesy Paul Robnison.
Mercury Racing and MTI customer Kenny Armstrong hosts poker runners at his residence on Clear Lake.
Mercury Racing and MTI customer Kenny Armstrong hosts poker runners at his residence on Clear Lake. Photo courtesy Paul Robinson.

Johnny O’Loughlin, driving his 1350 powered 48′ MTI, was crowned King of the Hudson after his 167 mph run last weekend in New York City.  Any bets on who will be the fastest in Texas? We’ll have a good idea when the 100+ MPH Club Extreme Shootout is completed Friday morning. The first leg of the Gunslinger Poker Run & GPS Shootout takes place Friday afternoon. Apparently, the one and only stop on this short run is MTI and Mercury Racing customer Kenny Armstrong’s residence.

The main event takes place Saturday when boaters will have a choice of 11 card stops throughout Galveston Bay and Clear Lake.

MTI will debut Mario William's new 446 cat sporting 1350 power! Photo credit. Speed on the Water.
MTI will debut Mario William’s new 446 cat sporting 1350 power! Photo credit. Speed on the Water.
Dave Hemmingson's new M41 Wide Body looks fast sitting still!
Dave Hemmingson’s new M41 Wide Body looks fast sitting still!

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Some of the Mercury powered boats registered for the event include:

  • Kenny Armstrong’s 1350 powered 48′ MTI Phantom
  • The beautiful 52′ MTI Black Diamond
  • Mario Williams’ new 1350 powered 446  MTI, Big Bad Wolf.
  • Dave’s Custom Boats will showcase a number of exotic catamarans, including their 1350 powered 41 Wide Body.

Can’t wait to get in with the outlaws! Check out the event photo album on our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rinker Wins Maple City Grand Prix

Photos: Paul Kemiel Photographics

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Terry Rinker was again dialed-in and the one to beat.
Maple City Grand Prix race organizers (L-R): Jason Miller,  Blair Milo, Mayor of LaPorte, Jack Arnette, President of LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Maple City Grand Prix race organizers (L-R): Jason Miller, Blair Milo, Mayor of LaPorte, Jack Arnette, President of LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Defending 2012 F1 High Points Champion Terry Rinker won the inaugural Maple City Grand Prix Sunday, June 2, in LaPorte, Indiana. The race was round two of the 2013 US Formula 1 Powerboat Tour.

“It was great to win a race in my home state,” said Terry Rinker. “I had family, friends and even former classmates cheering me on,” Terry said. Contributing Mercury Racing photographer Paul Kemiel, who lives in Michigan City, Indiana, was instrumental in bringing the excitement of outboard tunnel boat racing to LaPorte. “I’ve been involved with promoting the SBI Great Lakes Grand Prix since its inception,” said Paul. “Jason Miller, Sports Development Manager for the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau, asked for my input regarding other types of powerboat racing they could bring to the area. I told them Stone Lake was a natural for F1 tunnel boats,” Paul said.

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Laporte was Tammy Wolf’s first F1 race. She went to the event to get more seat time in her new OptiMax 200XS SST powered F2 boat.
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Drivers resorted to signing Mercury Racing decals after running out of autograph cards.

US Formula 1 Powerboat Tour President Jose Mendana worked with race organizer Jason Miller to put on the event. “The community was very excited.  The amount of people who showed up for the boat parade and street party was incredible,” said Jose.

“LaPorte was phenomenal. Crowds of people were constantly by the boats asking for autographs,” said Tammy Wolf.  “It was the most phenomenal North American race I’ve been to in some time,” Tammy said.

Tammy went to LaPorte to continue testing of her new Mercury OptiMax 200 XS SST race outboard powered F2 ride. She knew she wouldn’t be competitive with the higher horsepower F1 boats. “I thought I was fast until the first F1 boat blew past me! I still have my training wheels on, I’m giving the boys headaches,” said Tammy. “I don’t think they are used to girl drivers. I thought I would be one of the guys…they don’t seem to quite know what to do with me,” Tammy said. “Chris Fairchild took me under his wing and let me pit with him for the weekend,”said Tammy. “Tammy is doing great. She is still learning the differences between SST60 and F2. I thought she adapted well to the right-hand turn in LaPorte,” said Chris. Read more

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