A fierce competitor with a heart of gold, Kenny Mungle risks all for his fans. Photo courtesy/copyright Jeff Helmkamp.
A week or so after the GLOC Performance Boat Challenge Shootout on Grand Land O’ the Cherokees in Oklahoma, Kenny Mungle,the owner and driver of the Gone Again 32-foot Skater Powerboats catamaran that has become a fan-favorite at top-speed contests from Arizona to Missouri, had to face an unpleasant fact. He and throttleman Michael Lee Lockwood weren’t going to be able to compete in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, his favorite event. The cat’s port 1,550-hp Sterling Performance engine had been damaged during the second day of the GLOC event, and there simply wasn’t enough time to get it repaired and back in the boat.
Mungle is a gentleman, a soft-spoken 52-year-old Texan who exudes Lone Star State charm. He’s also a realist. Still, his decision to withdraw from the Central Missouri top-speed happening—where he and Lockwood ran 188 mph twice last year in the 15-year-old catamaran in front of throngs of adoring spectators—didn’t come easily.
“My heart is broken that I’m not at LOTO,” he said a few days before the Central Missouri event.
So, too, were the hearts of Gone Again fans everywhere when the news of the team’s withdrawal was announced in a story on speedonthewater.com.