The sounds of revving engines could be heard on the lake this past weekend, as number upon numbers of spectators gathered at Bagnell Dam to watch the first-ever 2013 Lake Race, a two-day racing event held above Bagnell Dam.
After a week of parties and meet-and-greets, the racers were finally able to hit the waters on Saturday to get the competition underway.
Spectators gathered around the course on boats or on land, with a number of fans watching from Bagnell Dam, which had been closed off to allow spectators to view, the first time it had ever been done for an event like this.
All the boats competed on the same rectangular-shaped, OSS-approved on-water race course, which spans from the 0 to 4 mile marker of the main channel.
The Offshore Super Series (OSS)-sanctioned national powerboat race featured a number of different race classes, which all began on Saturday with the first Pontoon Boat Exhibition Race, sponsored by Playcraft Pontoon. Terry Kuchenberg of Midwest Boats Sales & Repair won the event with his Playcraft pontoon.
Afterwards, three separate boat divisions followed, concluding with the Performance PX class boats that reach up to 150 miles per hour.
After Sunday morning's showers, the skies cleared up to give the racers a chance to strut their stuff once again.
Macks Creek's Bob Bull and Randy Scism of CMS Offshore Racing seared past the competition to snag a first place win at Lake Race 2013, in his 48′ MTI cat in the Open / Extreme Performance Class.
Team FastBoats also took home a couple accolades, winning 2 spots on the awards stand for their 40’ MTI Cat, which finished third in the Open/Extreme Performance Class and second in the Pro-Am 1 class. The Batman team from Sunrise Beach took first in the Pro-Am 1 class.
The Second Amendment team from Sebastian, Florida brought home first place in the Pro-Am 2 class.
The Pro-Am 4 class was won by the Apex Manufacturing and Design team from Southwest Missouri.
In the Super-Stock class, Talbot Excavating clinched a first-place win.
Whether it be the crane loading and unloading boats or the daredevil antics as the boats whizzed around the course, one thing was for certain: the Lake Race kept spectators on the edge of their seats.