By Matt Trulio
Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Honors Its Best
For its 25th anniversary, a premier go-fast boat event has a lot to celebrate.
The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is underway in Missouri, celebrating its 25th anniversary. It ‘s also celebrating the people, from world-champion offshore racers and outrageous custom boat builders to the key players and founders, who put the liquid-mile speed contest on the map. To that end, the organizers have chosen 10 inductees for inaugural Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Hall of Fame.
In the high-performance powerboat world, there simply is no bigger or more important event than the annual Shootout. It has attracted competitors from around the country and the world, and has built a rich history in the past 25 years that includes 200-mph passes, a few frightening moments, at least one horrific wreck,and no fatalities.
With that kind of legacy, selecting the first 10 hall of fame inductees reportedly was no mean feat for the event’s organizes, but the final group reads like a Shootout “Who’s Who.” It includes four of the originators of the event—local firefighters Fran Steingrubey, John Page, and John Suellentrop, and late boat racer Bob Morgan—a well as Top Gun title-winning competitors Dave Callan, Randy Scism of Marine Technology, Inc., and famed offshore racer David Scott. Rounding out the inductee list is former organizer Jeff Dorhauer, event photographer George Denny, and two of the most dedicated volunteers the event has ever seen, Ron and Margie Frazier from the Coffman Bend Fire Association.
David Scott, who owns a home on the lake and holds the Captain Ron’s Shootout course record at 208 mph in Nauti-Marine (his 50-foot cat from Mystic Powerboats), hasn’t run in the event since 2010. But he still attends the event regularly.
“The Hall of Fame selection is quite an honor and it’s very much appreciated,” he said. “I think it’s a great idea and I’m really glad to be a part of it. The Shootout means a lot to the lake—it’s really grown into an event all its own. It started out as a grassroots event and fortunately it’s been able to keep that feel for the most part as its continued to grow.”
Said fellow inductee Dorhauer, an Osage Beach (Mo.) Fire Department captain who was the chief organizer of the event for years, “Honestly if you consider all the names who have been involved with the Shootout over the years, I’m honored to be a part of something like this. The Shootout has meant a lot to the lake for 25 years.”
- Matt Trulio is the co-publisher and editor in chief of speedonthewater.com, a daily news site with a weekly newsletter and a new bi-monthly digital magazine that covers the high-performance powerboating world. The former editor-in-chief of Sportboat magazine and editor at large of Powerboat magazine, Trulio has covered the go-fast powerboat world since 1995. Since joining boats.com in 2000, he has written more than 200 features and blogs.
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