LakeRacer LLC has its roots in an organization that began in 1997 as the Southern Arizona Hot Boat Association, a group of boaters in Arizona who met online at a website started by Jim Nichols. They enjoyed boating together in the Southwestern U.S. and attending regattas and other events. In 1998 six families put together a list of ideas for better events and a new boat club, the Arizona Hot Boat Association was formed. Later, a new event called the Heatwave Poker Run was held at Lake Havasu's Nautical Resort in the spring of 1999. Ninety two boats came to the first event and had so much fun; they did it again six months later in October. Within three years they had over 600 members.
As time passed and interests changed, most of the founders moved on to other activities and the old organization was shutdown. The new LakeRacer LLC was opened in 2005 to produce the new Desert Storm Event which continued building on those great past events. With a focus on charity fund raising, honoring the men and women in the U.S. Military, and promoting the performance boating lifestyle, they have grown. Their poker runs are now nationally known must-attend events by performance boaters and industry insiders. Incorporating "Putin on the Wish" charity boat rides, a downtown street party boat show, a 200 boat poker run, and a high speed radar run competition, they bring spectators from all over the southwest and beyond.
It was produced by Jim and Claudia Nichols, their family, and tons of enthusiastic volunteers who love the excitement generated each year. They give much thanks to all of the participants and sponsors who continue to believe and promote these great events!
For more information on events and activities, visit the website at lakeracerllc.com.