If you’re struggling with the reality of today being August 1 and wondering where June and July went, trust me, you’re not alone. When I realized this column would fall on the first day of the last month of summer, I did a mental double-take. I even checked my calendar, though staring at it and shaking my head didn’t change anything.
That most of summer is behind us—and the rest will be gone in an eyeblink—would bother me more than it obviously does if there weren’t some killer events ahead of this month. But there are, starting with this weekend’s Great Lakes Grand Prix—stop No. 5 in the six-race American Power Boat Association Offshore Championship Series—on Lake Michigan in Indiana and the LEOPA Thunderfest Poker Run on Lake Erie in Ohio.
The following weekend—August 9-11—is even more jam-packed with go-fast boating events. Ron Szolack and the Skater Powerboats faithful will come together to celebrate the brand at the annual Skaterfest happening in Harrison Township, Mich., while the Outerlimits tribe will descend on company headquarters in Bristol, R.I., for a Factory Fun Run. For something less brand-specific but just as celebratory, the Ray Nuchereno Memorial Poker Run in Buffalo, N.Y., also is on tap that weekend, while across the country in Northern California the Big Cat Poker Run—another joyful event—will tackle the waters of the Sacramento River Delta.
The Florida Powerboat Club holds its only summer event—the Emerald Coast Poker Run—August 14-18 in the Destin, Fla., area. FPC head Stu Jones is expecting a solid turnout of dedicated high-performance powerboat enthusiasts, and he’ll be showcasing his own Project 1080 Cigarette 38 Top Gun during the week. No doubt about it, Destin will be melty hot in August. Equally certain, the watercolors will be gorgeous.
From August 19-24, all eyes will be on the Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri, which hosts the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Super Cat Fest, the latter based out of the Camden On The Lake Resort. Within those two events are any number of worthwhile mini-happenings including the Shootout On The Dam street festival sponsored by Waves And Wheels, the annual Performance Boat Center welcome party, a poker run, a bikini contest and—of course—two days of top speed shootout action.
But the real treat, at least when it comes to eye-candy will be the collection of exotic go-fast catamaran hardware at the Camden On The Lake Resort docks. Super Cat Fest organizer Alvin Heathman has created an event that more than few go-fast boat builders rank above the Miami International Boat Show as a showcase for their products, and I wouldn’t argue with them.
Did I miss anything in August? I know I’ll hear about it if I did, and rightfully so. Like anyone else, I can always use a good reminder.
Because like June and July, August will be gone before we know it.