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Countdown to the “Biggest 5-Day Performance Boating Event and F1 Races in Texas” has begun!
News Release
Thursday, May 31, 2018

One of the most respected and popular speedboating events in North America, the Texas Outlaw Challenge will kick off its 11th Annual event June 20- 24. The 2018 event is again upping the ante with more excitement and public events. The event of the season features million-dollar performance powerboats and offers the opportunity not only to see, but to hear the roar of thunderous horsepower, and feel the chills and adrenaline pumping through your veins as you experience performance power boating at its best.

The five-day high performance packed event features over 250 performance boat teams totaling over 500,000 Horsepower that will be powering into the area from coast to coast including international participation from Canada, Europe, and Dubai, just to name just a few.

Feel the “spray in your face” at the Outlaw National Shootout Championship as boats power the waters of Clear Lake on a designated safety course!  The Best of Texas gets bigger in this year’s Shootout that will be featured in calmer and safer waters.  Extreme Shoot-out Radar Runs featuring speeds well over 201 MPH (past year's record)!

Two BIG additions to the Texas Outlaw Challenge this year's event is bigger and better with NEWfeatures and more public events!     Racing Returns to Clear Lake – Friday and Sunday! 

First, the Clear Lake community will host the season opening event of the International Outboard Gran Prix Formula One boat racing circuit.    “F1 racing uses tunnel hull catamarans that are capable of both high speed and exceptional maneuverability. Overall, the boats weigh 860 pounds, including 260 pounds of engine. They are 20 feet  long and seven feet wide, keeping weight low through extensive use of carbon fiber and Kevlar. The tunnel hull design creates aerodynamic lift due to a 'wing' formed by the deck and under surface of the hull. This increases lift and reduces drag, so that at speed only a few inches of the boat touch the water, leading to the high speed possible with these hulls.”  Amazing to watch!

Second, the unveiling of a new Superboat Unlimited race team from our hometown - Super Unlimited local Huski Chocolate Superboat and racing team.  Superboat Unlimited features the largest and fastest boats on the international circuit.   The team unveiling will be featured on the evening of Thursday, June 21 at the Stampede Street Party that is open to the public in the Kemah lighthouse district.

Except for race participants, the entire lake will be declared a no-wake zone during scheduled 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. due to racing activities on Friday and Sunday. We’re expecting a massive increase in water spectating and on-shore viewing.  Sunday, the highly anticipated Formula 1 Finals in Clear Lake will be on display with great spectator ticket viewing areas at Water’s Edge, Villa Capri and Endeavour Marina. Pre-purchase tickets online at

In between it all, see over 200 performance power boats skimming the waters of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay for the amazing the Gunslinger Power Run and Boat Parade.  These amazing and powerful machines are artistry in motion! 

The Texas Outlaw Challenge supports the local community and businesses with a substantial economic impact that is estimated well over $1 million each year. A more significant impact to the economy is anticipated in 2018 with the added attractions of Formula One racing and expanded public events – a fantastic boost to the local economy.

The Texas Outlaw Challenge responsibly supports several local charities, donating over $100,000 since 2008 including $50,000 donated to Harvey Relief through generous event participant and sponsor donations. These proceeds help the following local charities: Shriners Children’s Hospital, The Bridge Women’s Shelter, Boys & Girls Harbor, Clear Creek Environmental Foundation, Kemah Lions Club, Seabrook Rotary, Seabrook Marine Group, Galveston-Houston Families Exploring Down Syndrome, and various Veterans groups.

This hugely popular and significant Texas performance boating event has the support of seven local Texas cities and city councils, including Seabrook, Nassau Bay, Kemah, El Lago, Pasadena, Clear Lake Shores, and Galveston, and is a U.S. Coast Guard permit approved event.


Ø  Wednesday, June 20th   Welcome Outlaws - You're in Texas NOW! - Sam's Boat.

Ø  Thursday, June 21st  

-        6 pm - 11 pm:  Stampede Street Party & Offshore Performance Display - Historical district on 6th Street. Million Dollar Boat Displays featuring Cars, Trucks and Boats.  Walk the streets of Kemah, enjoy the Rock the Dock Entertainment at the Boardwalk, a Fireworks Display, Live Bands, Bars, Saloons and local shops. 

-        NEW - The highly anticipated, unveiling of the New Super Unlimited local Huski Chocolate Superboat and racing team.

Ø  Friday, June 22nd  

-        NEW - 9 am – 1 pm: Formula One – Pre-Qualifying Races and Radar Run Shootout. ESPN 2 will be featuring coverage of the Formula One Races on Friday and Sunday.

-        National Shootout Championship – (9 am – 1pm on a designated safety course in Clear Lake).  Boaters trying to break a prior year’s record of 201 mph. 

-        Extreme-in-the-Water Boat Parade (shotgun style) in the waters of Kemah.

-        Gunslinger Poker Run - After the Shootout and the pre-qualifier, Poker Run participants a great run to the Largest Private Pool Party in Texas for a cool-off!

-        9 pm: Kemah’s Fireworks Display. Continue the evening with live bands, bars, saloons and local shops.

-        10 pm: Miss Outlaw Bikini Contest - CABO Club Clear Lake

Ø  Saturday, June 23rd  

-        10 am - 8 pm: Gunslinger Poker Run   Gunslingers saddle-up, the weekend features runs through the waters of Clear Lake area and Galveston, with another great outlaw pool event in Harborwalk!     Register your performance boat and join the Outlaws on the water.

-        4 pm – 9 pm:  The 11th annual High Horsepower Car Show (255 Marina Bay Drive, Kemah, Texas) featuring exotic cars, vintage muscle, extreme race cars

Ø  Sunday, June 24th  

-        NEW - IOGP Formula 1 FINALS   9 am – 1 pm  in Clear Lake!

Tickets for spectator events/viewing will be available online. Pricing from $10 and up depending on the venue.  Check on line for more details:

-        9 am – 2 pm Outlaw Steel Horse Bike Rally organized to support local charities.

Don’t miss this fantastic 5-day Texas Outlaw Challenge high flying horsepower weekend!

For event information, registration and to buy spectator tickets online visit us at:


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