2015’s Desert Storm Poker Run and Speed Shootout
The Desert Storm Poker Run and Speed Shootout was another successful event this year. The event exceeded all guest’s expectations and continues to amaze visitors year after year. This boat show and shootout has grown to be one of the largest high performance boat shows in the world, and all of us here at Teague Custom Marine were thrilled to take part in the growing event.
Krusin’ for Kids
This year’s Desert Storm Poker Run included some of our favorite events along with the high-powered speed shootout. The 4th annual Krusin’ for Kids event, hosted by Teague Custom Marine and Lake Racer LLC, took place on Wednesday, April 22 allowing boatersto give over 100 special needs children and adults performance powerboat rides around the lake for the majority of the day. This allowed children and adults who are normally left on the sidelines due to their disabilities the chance to interact and take part in the Desert Storm event. We had one of the best turnouts to date with almost 2 dozen different boats in all sizes and varieties for our special guests to receive rides in! Thank you to the Desert Storm poker runners who step up and donate their time, gas, and use of their boat to change lives. A fun day was had by all and we cannot thank all the volunteers enough.
After the conclusion of Krusin’ for Kids boat rides, the team working with Desert Storm held a silent and live auction for our beneficiary New Horizons Center, a non-profit organization that assists those with special needs. One of the auction items that stood out was a didgeridoo, an instrument from “Down Under”, which was brought to the event by participant Tyren Edwards who travelled all the way from Australia. Tyren not only donated the didgeridoo for the Krusin’ for Kids auction, he also delighted the awards banquet attendees with a musical performance to demonstrate how it can be used.
Between the private donations and a live auction held at the Desert Storm Awards Banquet, the Krusin’ for Kids event raised approximately $38,000 for the New Horizons Center in Lake Havasu. All of the contributions and donations made directly benefitted those at New Horizons, and we were grateful for the opportunity to participate, volunteer, and contribute to helping those in need.
Desert Storm Street Party
Our other favorite event from this year’s Desert Storm Poker Run was the 9th Annual Desert Storm Street Party that took place Thursday, April 23. Boaters from all over the nation gathered together to display their finest high-powered speedboats. This boat show continues to amaze visitors every year with the faster boats, new technology, and unimaginable motors that are capable of speeds you wouldn’t think were possible. The Street Party was a free all-day event where visitors got a close up view of the high-powered speed racing boats. The event displayed custom boats, tow vehicles, a full range of marine electronics, and more. Teague Custom Marine & Team AMSOIL Offshore Racing were on the scene to enjoy the event, sell apparel and accessories, support our clients and meet friends & fans.
Shout Outs to the Drivers of the Desert Storm Speed Shootout
It was wonderful to see a large ensemble of Teague Power out on Lake Havasu! We want to take a moment to congratulate all of our loyal customers with Teague Custom Marine engines who won First in Class at the Desert Storm Shootout:
- George Ogden: 29 E-Ticket with twin TCM 1025 EFI Top speed: 137 mph
- Tony Lombardi: DCB F-32 with twin Merc 700s upgraded to TCM’s Stage IV 875HP program. Top speed: 144 mph
- Sean Moore: 42 Fountain with twin TCM 825 EFI engines driven by Maggie Rae Teague. Top speed: 96 mph
- Lawrence Coelho: DCB with a TCM 1000 engine. Top speed: 126mph
- Eric Alon: DCB F-32 with twin TCM 1200 EFI engines. Top speed: 149 mph
- Summer Richardson: DCB F-32 with twin TCM 1025 EFI engines – reigning Queen of the Desert and overall fastest female driver. Top Speed: 143 mph
Congratulations to all the drivers that rocked out at this year’s Speed Shootout! We hope to see you back in the desert in 2016 and are looking forward to seeing more upgraded Teague engines, more Teague power, and more Teague muscle!
Coming in 2016
We weathered the storm & Desert Storm 2015 is in the books! It was wonderful to see all of our customers and friends at the street party and on the water, and several with Teague power running in the shootout. Plans are already being made for next year’s 18th Annual Desert Storm event, and we hope that all will come out next year and join us in Lake Havasu City, AZ to enjoy another incredible boat show experience.