New Show-Stopping MTI Wins Shoot-Out, New Grand Prix A Success

All photos courtesy Texas Outlaw Challenge

Huski Chocolate, a new 52-foot MTI raceboat, took home the top honors Friday after running 164 mph on the Texas Outlaw Challenge’s three-quarter-mile Shoot-Out course!

The organizers as well as the participants were thrilled with the overall fun factor, the level of generosity in response to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and the variety of featured events taking place each day. Once again, Thursday’s Stampede Street Party in downtown Kemah (right, click to enlarge) was a winner thanks to the amazing catamarans, center consoles and V-bottoms that were on display.

Speaking of winners, the event’s Shoot-Out on Friday brought out several fast, crowd-pleasing boats, including an all-new offshore raceboat based out of Texas—the Huski Chocolate 52-foot MTI catamaran powered by twin Mercury Racing 1750 engines. Driven by Tim Trahan and throttled by team manager Bruce Bullock, the boat, which made its debut at a special event on Wednesday evening, clocked a top speed of 164 mph on the three-quarter-mile course.

David Spear, who showed off Distant Thunder, his beautiful carbon-fiber 44-foot MTI powered by twin 1,350-hp Mercury Racing engines, at the 2017 Shoot-Out and poker run, did the same thing again. This time around, he and throttleman Billy Moore rolled up an impressive 148-mph in his canopied MTI. (Last year they ran 150 mph.) Two boats posted speeds between Huski Chocolate and Distant Thunder—Dean Hollier and Chad Sage reached 160 mph in a 32-foot DCB Performance Boats catamaran powered by twin 1,400-hp Teague Custom Marine engines and Howard Davis hit 155 mph in his Motion Powerboats cat powered by twin 1,200-hp engines.

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