A look at a few of the highlights as the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout, the largest unsanctioned boat race in the U.S., celebrates its 30th anniversary. The time trial speed event is one of the country’s “must-see” boating events, according to Powerboat magazine.

1998 The year it all began as an event in which many local boats participated simply to establish who had the fastest boat. As the years went by it became a bigger and bigger event that also helped supplement the Lake Area Fire Departments water rescue efforts.

2008 The 20th Anniversary Shootout brought a whole new atmosphere for the first time in 20 years. The Shootout moved to Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill on the westside. With the new location & renewed excitement over 60,000 fans watched the 2 day races. Dave Scott reclaimed the TOP GUN with a 178 mph run.

2011 For the first time in three years a new champion was crowned. Canadian Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe driving a sleek turbine powered Mystic named “My Way” ran 8 times and tied the course record of 208 mph on three different runs, unseating Dave Scott and John Tomlinson. 

2014 The Spirit of Qatar absolutely smashed the old record that My Way had set just one year prior On it’s first run, a third of the way down the course, the parachutes deployed and caused a little tension with its crew, but the Mystic made itdown the remainder of the course and established a new second highest speed at 210 mph. Later on that day, the Spirit of Qatar blew away the field and all records by making an unbelievable run of 244 mph.

2017 The course is shortened to 3/4 mile giving racers a clean slate to set new records as the Shootout committee passes the $1 million mark for charitable contributions.