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    Cool Peru and Australia will compete at shootout this year!!

    Shootout eyeing its biggest field ever

    By Erin Tracy/Lake Sun
    Wednesday, August 10, 2005 1:16 AM CDT

    David Scott's Bacardi Silver boat always draws spectators to the dock. (George Denny Photography)

    LAKE OF THE OZARKS - Racing a boat at speeds over 200 mph may seem death-defying to some, but for Jeff Dorhauer, it can be a very safe activity if done during the 17th Annual Lake Rescue Shootout .

    "They all want to know how fast their boats can go," Dorhauer, deputy chief for the Osage Beach Fire Protection District, said. "That is why we started this 17 years ago, to provide a safe avenue to do so."

    Although there have been a few boating accidents since the Shootout began in 1988, Dorhauer said precautions have been taken to ensure a safe event.

    About 30 race volunteer boats will be making sure spectators stay out of the course. Racers are required to wear a helmet and a 100 mph impact jacket, have an operational kill switch on the boat and may not consume any alcohol, he said.

    "There is some obvious danger there, but the event is extremely safe," he said. "At least we have a controlled environment to do that now."

    David Scott, Bacardi Silver's boat driver, owner and winner of five Top Gun awards, said although the Shootout is his favorite place to race, it is still one of the most dangerous.

    "You are laying a lot on the line out there," Scott said. "It is a fairly dangerous course and boats are very unstable at very high speeds."

    Scott said his team has been very fortunate in avoiding accidents, but a lot of time and money is spent to make sure the boat is as safe as possible.

    This year's Shootout will run Aug. 26-28 and will again be headquartered at Shooter's 21. It is expected to draw more 150 boats, Dorhauer said.

    Dorhauer said more boats will probably be in the Shootout this year because of an article written in Powerboat Magazine five months ago that listed the Shootout as number three of the "Eight Races to See Before You Die."

    The 2004 event had boats from 32 states, but this year will be international with boats from Peru and Australia participating in the timed-event drag race, Dorhauer said.

    The course is 2.5 miles long, but the race is only one-mile. The last mile and a half is the shut down area for the boats to slow down from their top speeds, he said.

    All boats over 22 feet can compete in the race. Classes are divided by boat length, hull design, size and number of motors.

    In 2004, the Top Gun prize and bragging rights went to Miss Budweiser with a high speed of 198 mph, he said.

    Calan Marine's 48-foot Catamaran, listed in the PX class or extreme speed division, posted the record high in 2003 with 205 mph.

    The Shootout is an non-sanctioned race sponsored by the Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Sunrise Beach and Gravois fire protection districts. It is located on the 21-mile marker.

    While the event is free to the public, money is raised each year from t-shirt sales, advertising books, which are handed out at the event, and from each boat that enters pays a fee of $50 for two runs and $25 for each additional run, Dorhauer said.

    Last year, a little over $100,000 was grossed and about $60,000 was made in profit, he said.

    Dorhauer said he hopes to make a profit of $80,000 to $100,000 this year.

    The proceeds from the event go to the fire districts and has been spent on a water rescue boat for the Osage Beach Fire Protection District and other rescue equipment, Dorhauer said.

    "There is something personal about the fire department running this that keeps people coming back year after year," Dorhauer said.

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    Re: Peru and Australia will compete at shootout this year!!

    I met the gentleman,from Peru, at the MTI factory.He and his son were planning on taking the boat back earlier,to try try and set another record over there, but enjoyed the boat and area so much they wanted to wait and do the shoot out.They were very nice guys to visit with and definetly excitied about the shoot out.

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