Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Hall of Fame 2021 features Randy Kent, the driver of the sleek Speed Racer MTI catamaran! MTI would also like to congratulate all inductees into this years Hall of Fame as we are proud to recognize the history of powerboat racing. Continue reading below to find out more!
As part of the ninth annual Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Bob Morgan Memorial Hall of Fame class, Rob Morgan, the son of the Hall of Fame’s namesake who died in an offshore racing accident almost 10 years ago in Key West, Fla., is being inducted alongside five other notable members. At a dinner ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 24 at the Lighthouse in Sunrise Beach, Randy Kent of Marine Concepts Motorsports and Speed Racer boat fame joins the esteemed group with longtime participant and class winner, Ivan “Buck” Stracener of Southern California, Dennis Klautzer, the pioneer of the KRMS Radio broadcast, and Advantage Marine LOTO founders and dedicated volunteers, Connie and Dave Weyer.
“Besides the first years of helping to start and promote the Shootout through Big Thunder, I haven’t don’t much else besides race once in a while or run the side-by-side drag race—and I haven’t done any of that the last 10 years since dad passed away in Key West,” said Morgan. “Because of my connection with the Lake of the Ozarks—my family owns a home on mile marker 44—this is a special honor. Otherwise, I have not even come close to the real hall of famers and other folks who have donated so much time and money to the lake area charities.”
One such donor is local business owner and former offshore racer Randy Kent, who has been a big reason why the Shootout’s live auction for the charities has raised more than six figures over the past few years. Kent, who might be best known for running some respectably fast, class-winning passes in his Speed Racer MTI catamaran, donates one or two show-quality classic cars to the auction each year. And while his participation in the Shootout competition basically ended a few years back because the sales side of his business required more customer attention as the Shootout’s reach and Kent’s customer base continued to expand well beyond the Midwest, Kent has continued to support it in any way possible.
“I was born and raised at the lake—both of my grandparents owned resorts at the lake when I was a kid—so this honor really means a lot to me,” said Kent, who added that he was speechless when he received the news from Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill owner Ron Duggan, the lead organizer of the event. “I remember when the Shootout started and it’s kind of crazy to look back on how far it’s come and where it’s still going. I think my first Shootout was in 1997 in my 30-foot Spectre and from there I moved up to the Speed Racer MTI and the other Speed Racer boats. We even did the drag race exhibition with the Gone Again team one year.”