Some of the finest go-fast powerboat hardware on the planet gathered on Lake Havasu for the West’s biggest annual event.
Between the nearly 6,500 linear feet of displays at its Thursday Street Party, which has managed to maintain its luster for more than a decade, and Friday’s poker run, the Desert Storm Poker Run in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., proved to be another well-attended event with a laundry list of highlights.
Topping that list are some obvious ones—the overall presence of DCB Performance Boats, Pirate Cove Resort and the run leading to it, the hot new Nordic Boats 43-foot cat with twin Mercury Racing 1350 engines, Friday morning’s poker run start parade, a newly repowered canopied Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats SV 53 V-bottom, an over-the-top Washington-based 52-foot MTI and Wednesday’s Krusin’ 4 Kids charity rides, which parlayed into a welcome party at Horizon Motorsports that evening.
And like many events, there were some not-as-positive aspects, including the postponement and eventual cancellation of the top-speed shootout, which left a bad taste in some participants’ mouths as the event was pushed back a week this year with hopes for better weather. The new expanded Power in the Park festival venue at Windsor Beach received mixed reviews with the most negative aspect being its proximity to the Nautical Beachfront Resort.