The first ten individuals to be named to the Lake Shootout Hall of Fame have been announced.
They or their representatives will be honored during a Hall of Fame dinner on Thursday, Aug. 22, at Cannon Smoked Saloon on Highway 5 in Sunrise Beach.
The honorees include:
•Fran Steingrubey, John Page, John Sullentrop and the late Bob Morgan, all originators of the event.
•George Denny, chief photographer
•Ron and Margie Frazier, volunteers for the last six years from the Coffman Bend Fire Association
•Randy Scism, first Top Gun winner, long-time racer, contributor and organizer
•Dave Scott, eight-time Top Gun winner, long-time supporter and Captain Ron’s course record holder at 208 miles per hour
•Jeff Dorhauer, a member of the Shootout Committee for 20 years and about a dozen years as Shootout coordinator while serving as the Osage Beach fire chief
•Dave Callan, four-time Top Gun winner, overall record holder at 209 mph and first racer to introduce turbine engines to the event
Former Camden County Sheriff and then-Osage Beach Police Chief John Page shed some light on how the Shootout got started.
“It started out as something to fill the weekend before Labor Day out of a passion for the locals and few out-of-towners,” Page recalled. “Now it takes months of planning. When we started out it was a couple of weeks of planning just a few weeks before the race.”
The vision and dedication of those who kick-started the Shootout hasn’t gone unnoticed.
"It's an honor any time you get recognition this way, for the years spent developing it. It's an honor to be recognized for the years spent helping to build the Shootout into what it has become today," noted Suellentrop, Beach Fire Chief.
Page agreed: “I am surprised and honored to be remembered and chosen with such a great group of people. We had a lot of fun with the Shootout.”
Jeff Dorhauer, Osage Beach fire chief, has been directly involved for 20 years and more than a dozen years as Shootout Committee chairman.
“It is one of the biggest honors I have ever received, and when you consider the long list of people who had a hand in making this event what it is today, I am even more honored.”
Dave Scott is a name synonymous with the Shootout. After all, he’s an eight-time holder of the Top Gun record.
"It is a real honor,” he said. “I am so glad I can be a part of the Shootout history. It is such an awesome event for the lake and the people."
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