I just got off the phone with our National Sales Manager, Kevin Skiba. Kevin is on his way back from Arizona after the Lake Havasu Boat Show. It sounds like the show was a resounding success. Kevin and drive technician Dave Vehrs represented Mercury Racing at the show. Other Mercury reps included Brad Hammel from Mecury Repower and West Coast Technical Area Manager Michael Scott.
Lake Havasu is a Mecca for performance boating. It’s only natural to have a boat show and the upcoming Desert Storm Poker Run there. Performance boat exhibitors for the boat show included Advantage, Conquest/Group 1, DCB, Hallett, Eliminator, Howard, E-Ticket, Doug Wright and MTI.
Calm Before the Storm
It’s going to be a crazy, fun next couple of days. Kevin and Dave brought our truck over to Oregon Custom Marine (OCM) Monday to unload engine displays for the Desert Storm Poker Run open house and Kruzin’ for Kids silent auction on Wednesday evening. We are supporting the kids by donating two CNC Cleaver Prop Covers and a certificate for Lab Finishing or repair of one set of Bravo I propellers. Our indoor display will feature a 565 — painted Devil Red-Eye (one of 10 color options available for the 8.7 liter big block). We’ll also display a 1350 engine package along with a variety of Mercury Racing Propellers and Accessories.
Thursday morning, we’ll be busy setting up Racing’s truck for the 6th Annual Desert Storm Street Party. We like to reference 1350 McCulloch Boulevard as our temporary address at the largest street party of its kind. “All hands on deck” for the street party and poker run: Fred Kiekhaefer, Erik Christiansen, Mike Griffiths, Scott Reichow, Jeff Krueger and Dave Vehrs and I will be on-site to meet and greet customers and fans. Our merchandise supplier Threds will once again debut a Desert Storm event T-shirt. They will be selling the latest and greatest Mercury Racing merchandise throughout the three-day event.
I’m very excited to see the new boats on the water. We are honored to have Robert Brown shooting photography for us with his one-of-a-kind photo boat. Robert has also coordinated a second photographer for aerial shots of the poker run. John Potts, owner and ace camera guy of American Performance Television, is capturing the street party and poker run in HD video for Mercury Racing’s use in future social media posts.
We have a number of boats on our shoot list, including DCB’s new M-29 Wide Body powered by a single 1350! We’ll also capture the 565 powered Nordic 24 cat and the Frisini SCX 43 cat with twin 1350s. Of course, we all love snagging running shots and video of 1350 powered MTIs and Cigarettes. The new 32-foot Doug Wright cat with twin OptiMax 300XS outboards peaks my interest, too. We’ll want to capture a variety of other hulls powered by Mercury Racing outboards (OptiMax 250 SportXS, Verado 350 SCi) and sterndrives (525 EFI, 700 SCi).
For those of you going to Lake Havasu City, please stop by and say, “Hello.” For those not able to go – be sure to follow my photo uploads to the Mercury Racing Facebook page. Don’t miss post-event blog posts from Fred and me.