EXTRA ROOMS STILL AVAILABLE FOR SARASOTA POKER RUN!
Since our announcement of discounted room rates at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota for the weekend of March 21-22, rooms have been selling as fast as Gino Gargiulo’s new 48’ MTI, which will be showcased over the Sarasota poker run weekend. But first, take advantage of the discounted room rates of just $219 per night (regular $350) and enjoy a poker run weekend to remember!
In 1963, when budding architect Hilario Candela brought the Miami Marine Stadium to life, it was with one goal in mind – to watch speedboat racing – including World Powerboat Championships such as Unlimited Hydroplane, Stock, Inboard, Outboard and Modified classes. By Dina Paolella Photo courtesy Friends of Miami Marine Stadium
RUN WITH THE BEST AT THE PRA SARASOTA SEASON OPENER POKER RUN MARCH 21-22
The biggest, baddest and the most powerful offshore contenders will be running the mighty waters of the scenic Gulf Coast this March for the long-awaited Poker Runs America Season Opener Poker Run. Join us for two hot days at one of the nation's most popular boating destinations and the opulent Hyatt Regency Sarasota!
Accomplished offshore racer Grant Bruggemann will continue to take hold of the throttleman sticks during the upcoming racing season, though it will no longer be alongside team owner and pilot J.R. Noble in the bright orange Team STIHL Skater. By Dina Paolella
MIAMI MOTORCYLE SHOP POP-IN LEADS TO TITLE SPONSOR
*In a story posted on November 25 concerning the title sponsorship for Erik Vauth’s and Marcel Brunner P3 offshore race boat, there was an error in the article. We reported that Titan Energy Drink was title sponsor where Titan Natural Focus Drink is the correct name and sponsor for the team. Please do not confuse this with the beverage Titan Energy Drink. Please read the story in its entirety. – Ed
NEW DIGITAL EDITION OF POKER RUNS AMERICA NOW ONLINE!
Following our announcement of the latest issue of Poker Runs America magazine last week, performance boating enthusiasts can access the digital issue by CLICKING HERE. Seen here is just one of the exicting stories.
As of January 22, Mercury will be 75 and is undoubtedly still going strong in its golden years with many power developments for the recreational, commercial, performance and racing segments of the boating industry.
Be sure to check out the latest issue of Poker Runs America magazine, the number one choice by performance boating enthusiasts across the nation. In this issue, we profile Bob Teague and his passion for performance, the boating industry and his custom-engine business, Teague Custom Marine. We recently travelled to Calverton, NY to test Hustler Powerboats’ latest effort, the 388 Slingshot. Owner Joe LoGiudice and his team pushed all the stops to make this entry a winner!
Kudos to Super Stock racer and proud new dad Ryan Beckley for making his traditional Sarasota New Year’s Day fun-run a memorable one. Beckley and company were once again successful in bringing together more than 60 boatloads of power boating friends and professional racing companions of beloved, fallen offshore champion, Joey Gratton. By Dina Paolella
RETURN OF THE PINNACLE LONDON-TO-MONTE-CARLO OFFSHORE RACE
It was in 1972 when the last time the jaw-clenching, knee-smashing London (Cowes) to Monte-Carlo offshore endurance race ripped through the mighty Mediterranean. By Dina Paolella - Photos courtesy of Venture Offshore
With the poker run season already moving into high gear with many announcements of new dates and venues, the popular Support Our Troops Poker Run is set for the end of June at Osage Beach, Lake of the Ozarks, MO. to benefit H.E.R.O.E.S. Care.
UIM CLASS 1 CROWNS 2013 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN ABU DHABI
A busted prop, a sixth place finish and even a drop in points-standings didn’t prevent Arif Saif Al Zafeen and Mohammed Al-Marri from achieving a checkered flag win after the Team Victory 3 duo won the 2013 UIM Class 1 World Powerboat Championship December 5 – 6. By Dina Paolella - Photos courtesy of Class 1
BOB RUSSELL AND JOHN ROGERS ATTEMPT ENDURANCE RECORD
After a very encouraging start on the morning of December 11, the attempt to set a new gas-powered record for the San Francisco to Long Beach offshore endurance run (non-stop) by Bob Russell and John Rogers has fallen short.
After attending the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) and having a strong presence at the Annual SBI World Championship Races in Key West, Marine Technology Inc. (MTI) is expecting a busy 2014. This news comes following a busier-than-expected Spring andSummer, according to Tim Gallagher, Sales and Marketing Manager for MTI.
BILLY GLUECK CRANKS OUT ANOTHER DOUBLE KEY WEST WORLDS VICTORY
Fireworks were flying in 2008 during offshore throttleman Billy Glueck’s inaugural year running side-by-side with driver Brett Lee Furshman in Miccosukee Indian Gaming. Hungry for multiple Key West Worlds trophies for their mantels, the Floridian partners picked up dual victories, running Furshman’s Fountain in Super Vee and Production 2 Class.Story by Dina Paolella
Fast boats weren’t the only talk of the town during November’s Speed Week in Key West. America’s all-time favorite hamburger has also established itself in the offshore boating scene thanks to Powerboat Racer-turned-Poker Runner Gino Gargiulo’s new Duval Street eatery - BurgerFi. By Dina Paolella
MISS GEICO CROWNED KEY WEST CHAMP….“WE HAVE THE BEST BOAT ON THE PLANET…”
Throttleman Scott Begovich and driver Marc Granet of the Miss Geico team were all smiles Sunday afternoon and for good reason. The performance duo claimed World Champion status at the SBI 2013 Key West World Championships, following a tooth-and-nail fight against relentless competition in the Superboat Unlimited class.
BAJA MARINE INC. LAUNCHES NEW 26 OUTLAW OUTBOARD AT FLIBS
Baja Marine Inc. shined bright in the spotlight at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with its new Baja 26 Outlaw Outboard, the first in a series of outboard-powered Baja Outlaws, ranging from 23 to 35 feet, the company said in a release.
2013 KEY WEST SUPER BOAT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IS ANYONE’S GAME!
The ultimate test of man and machine, further challenged by an unpredictable ocean, takes place this week as the 33rd Annual Key West World Championship gets underway with the first leg of its three-part series this Wednesday, November 6.
While the upcoming Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, which kicks-off this week in Fort Lauderdale, FL., October 31 through to Nov 4, will have plenty in store for the go-fast crowd, be sure to visit Sunsation Powerboats and Doller Offshore for the showcasing of Sunsation’s new 34 CCXF Fishing Center Console.
LUCAS OIL OCEAN CUP TEAM SETS NEW ENDURANCE RECORD
October 12th marked the day the four-man crew of Andy Hindley, Nigel Hook, Dan MacNamara and Lance Ware prepared to break the San Francisco to Los Angeles speed record, while at the same time set another by extending their Pacific Ocean adventure 35-miles further to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. - By Dina Paolella
The PRA poker run tour came to close this past weekend in Cape Coral, FL, with a bevy of performance that took on the excellent waters of the Gulf, while enjoying first-class amenities at The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village.
With the show season ramping up across the U.S. this month, expect to see some slick changes to Statement Marine’s SUV center consoles, including the company’s 35 OB, which is set to be showcased at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the end of October.
The latest issue Poker Runs America magazine has just got off the presses. In this issue we profile long-time poker runners Wayne and Julie Casey, feature a special report on understanding outboard engine technology, plus coverage and photography of the Lake of The Ozarks shootout and Bill Tomlinson's record-breaking 224 mph! Boats tests, poker run coverage and the latest in boating news are other highlights! Visit: http://www.pokerrunsamerica.com/magazines/pra/current
After four years of restoration, veteran poker runner Chris Ridabock of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, was proud to run his recently retrofitted 40’ Profile during a PRA poker run last month. The model was completed earlier this year following extensive modifications to the stringer system, hull, deck, and interior.
1000 ISLANDS POKER RUN EXCLUSIVE; TRAILER OF REGGIE FOUNTAIN DOCUMENTARY
When Reggie Fountain speaks, people listen. There’s no better testament of this than when the King of Offshore attended the Poker Runs America 2013 1000 Islands Poker Run in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, meeting and greeting with poker runners along the slips and throughout the event.
With the Progressive Miami International Boat Show underway in South Beach, FL., Mercury Marine, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, hit the ground running announcing a new 200 Pro FourStroke, 540 Sterndrive, an enhanced M8R drive, Zero Effort Digital controls, and the Joystick Pilot system rigged to Mercury Racing’s 520 Sterndrive.
Kudos to Super Stock racer and proud new dad Ryan Beckley for making his traditional Sarasota New Year’s Day fun-run a memorable one. Beckley and company were once again successful in bringing together more than 60 boatloads of power boating friends and professional racing companions of beloved, fallen offshore champion, Joey Gratton.
When Reggie Fountain speaks, people listen. There’s no better testament of this than when the King of Offshore
attended the Poker Runs America 2013 1000 Islands Poker Run in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, meeting and greeting
with poker runners along the slips and throughout the event.
If there’s any indication that Fountain Powerboats – now under ownership of Baja Marine Inc. – is on the right path for success, it was the checkered flag victory in the Superboat Vee Class at the 23rd New York Super Boat Grand Prix by owner Mark Gibbons of Absolutely Not, a 30’ Fountain Lightning SVL.
Reggie Fountain made the long-distance trek to our recent annual poker run in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
In an interview with PRA, the King of Speed discusses a new documentary on his life, written and
directed by John Potts of America Performance Media. The documentary is scheduled for release this fall.
After last year’s breakdown at the 2012 1000 Islands Poker Run, Bill Tomlinson returned to the St. Lawrence River region for the annual event a few weeks ago, this time with his turbine-powered Mystic running strong and in top form.
Poker runs are always full surprises when it comes to new models. At the recent PRA 1000 Islands Poker Run mid-August, heads turned once again – this time towards Dave and Dawn Scotto’s new SL52R Outerlimits powered by Mercury Racing’s new 1650 hp power houses.
The August 9-11 weekend brought the who’s who of the go-fast crowd together for a full-weekend of running the St.
Lawrence River for the PRA 1000 Islands Poker Run in Kingston, ON, Canada. With a full gamut of performance in
attendance, special guests Reggie Fountain, Mike Fiore of Outerlimits Powerboats, Kenny Hohwiesner of Velocity
Powerboats, and Joe Schaldenbrand of Sunsation...
Bright sunshine and clear skies brought out the masses downtown Kingston on Day One of the 1000 Islands Poker Run as more than 40 crews showed off their offshore arsenal along the slips and during the annual street party.
At least two reputable high-performance engine manufacturers are so far reporting a busier year than they have seen in quite sometime – a realization of steady business in this segment of the boating industry.