Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships

The return of this epic powerboat racing event will be conducted by the prestigious NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Series, renowned for its heart thumping high-horsepower racing excitement performed by world class international powerboat racing stars!

The race headquarters and free fan viewing will be at the Nautical Beachfront Resort at 1000 McCulloch Blvd. N, overlooking Thompson Bay, which long-time powerboat fans will remember as being the original location of the championships dating back to 1964.

Many Havasu Classic stars from the past will also be in attendance to revel in the excitement of this highly anticipated racing event, which includes the rededication of the city’s famous London Bridge.

The winningest powerboat driver in history, the legendary Bill Seebold, will host the Racers Reunion driver’s party, pairing Havasu racing legends with vintage race boats of historical Havasu significance, which will also be on display for the fans.

With the NGK Series event being a rare double header, this ensures that racing fans will enjoy three full days of action-packed excitement featuring three classes each day: Formula 1; Tri-Hull and Formula Lights.

The city’s founder, Robert P. McCulloch, Jr. was the first to initiate the outboard championships at Lake Havasu in 1964, and with his visionary skills, the race soon became a Lake Havasu Thanksgiving weekend tradition, drawing competitors from every corner of the globe for high stakes cash and prizes. Lake Havasu City continued to host the Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships through 1990.

The NGK Spark Plugs Formula 1 Powerboat Series, and its director Tim Seebold, aim to resurrect this historic event and reignite the prestige of world class powerboat racing to the city’s beckoning shores.

Where to Watch by Land: 

Race headquarters and free “front and center” racetrack spectating areas that allow fans access to the best racecourse viewing at the Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1000 McCulloch Blvd. N, overlooking Thompson Bay – which long-time powerboat participants and fans will remember as the original championship event location dating back to 1964.

Other land-viewing options that will be more distanced from the course (but not optimal viewing of the actual race):

London Bridge Beach

Rotary Community Park

Where to Watch by Water:

Lake Havasu’s Thompson Bay offers the perfect location centrally located between the Nautical Beachfront Resort, Lake Havasu Marina, the London Bridge Beach, and Rotary Community Park. This no wake zone allows for non stop racing action with spectator boat parking directly outside the race course safety zone on three sides.

Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships

What:         Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships

When:        October 15-17, 2021

Where:      Nautical Beachfront Resort (1000 McCulloch Blvd N, Lake Havasu City, AZ)

Homepage

https://www.golakehavasu.com/Lake_Havasu_Classic_Outboard_Championships-1

FB event

https://business.facebook.com/NGKF1PowerboatChampionship/

 

2021 Lake Havasu Classic Outboard Championships Tentative Schedule (F1 Double Header)

Friday October 15, 2021

9am         Registration & Safety Inspection Opens

10am        Reunion Registration Opens at the VIP area at Nautical Beachfront Resort

11am         Driver’s Meeting

Noon         Testing Formula Lights

12:45pm    Testing Formula 1

2:45pm      Testing Tri Hull

(3:30-4:30pm     Quiet Break, No Engine Running)

4pm           Beach Party & Reunion Social at the London Bridge Beach (click here for more information!)

Saturday October 16, 2021

7am           Safety Inspection & Registration opens

9am           Testing Formula Lights – Qualifying to follow 3 min. + 1 lap

10am          Testing Formula 1 – Qualifying to follow 4 min. + 1 lap

11:15am      Testing Tri-Hull

11:45am      Opening Ceremonies

Noon           Driver’s Meeting All Classes

1pm            Formula 1 – Group A – Heats #1 & #2 / 4 min. + 1 lap

1:30pm       Formula 1 – Group B – Heats #1 & #2 / 4 min. + 1 lap

2pm           Tri-Hull – Heat #1 APBA North American Champ./ 7 laps / draw for position

2:30pm       Formula Lights – Heat #1 APBA Western Div. / 6 min. + 1 lap

3pm           Formula 1 – Group A / Heat #3 / 4 min. + 1 lap

3:30pm       Formula 1 – Group B / Heat #3 / 4 min. + 1 lap

4pm           Tri-Hull – Heat #2 APBA North American Champ. / 7 laps / reverse order of points

4:30pm       Formula Lights – Heat #2 APBA Western Div. / 6 min. + 1 lap / reverse order of cumulative points

5pm            Formula 1 / Final / 17 min. + 1 lap

6:30pm       Reunion Poolside Happy Hour at Nautical Beachfront Resort

Sunday October 17, 2021

9am           Testing Formula 1 – Qualifying to follow 4 min. + 1 lap

10am         Formula Lights – Heat #3 APBA Western Div./ 6 min. + 1 lap / reverse order of cumulative points

10:30am    Tri-Hull – Heat #3 APBA North American Champ. / reverse order of cumulative points

11am          Driver’s Meeting All Classes

11:45am      Opening Ceremonies

Noon           Formula 1 – Group A – Heats #1 & #2 APBA North American Champ. / 4 min. + 1 lap

12:30pm      Formula 1 – Group B – Heats #1 & #2 APBA North American Champ. / 4 min. + 1 lap

1pm            Tri-Hull – Heat #4 APBA North American Champ. / 7 laps / reverse order of cumulative points

1:30pm        Formula 1 – Group A – Heat #3 APBA North American Champ. / 4 min. + 1 lap

2pm            Formula 1 – Group B – Heat #3 APBA North American Champ. / 4 min. + 1 lap

2:30pm       Formula Lights – Final APBA Western Div. / 15 min. + 1 lap

3:15pm       Tri-Hull Final- APBA North American Champ. / 20 laps

4pm            Formula 1 Final- APBA North American Champ. / 17 min. + 1 lap

Awards immediately following race conclusion at Nautical Beachfront Resort

Note: Formula 1 heats 2 & 3 starting order reverse order of cumulative points.

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