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New GLOC Shootout Owner Targeting Steady Growth

Having been part of Oklahoma's GLOC Performance Boat Challenge organizing committee since the inception of the aquatic top-speed contest three years ago, Brock Sutherland, who has purchased the physical assets of the event from founders Ken and Linda Little, has plans to build on its success next year and beyond. But his most immediate task is to meet with the Grand River Dam Authority to set dates for the 2018 event


Heading into its fourth year in 2018, the GLOC Performance Boat Challenge in Oklahoma is under new ownership. The news was announced in a press release today from Ken Little, who owned the event with his wife, Linda and sold it to GLOC Performance Boat Challenge executive committee member Brock Sutherland. Details of the transaction were not provided in the release.

Announcing the Dealers & Manufacturers Showcase at the 2017 GLOC Shootout

Organizers of the 2017 GLOC Shootout on Grand Lake in Grove, Oklahoma are excited to introduce the new Dealers and Manufacturers Showcase at this year’s event.


The Showcase will feature a dealer or manufacturer’s ‘Showcase’ boat running down the GLOC Shootout ¾ mile course while announcer Bob May announces the highlights and details about that dealer or manufacturer and the boat they are showcasing.


Onken Racing’s American Ethanol Going With 9,000 HP for Upcoming Shootouts

Even with the change in course length from one mile to three quarters of a mile, Don Onken’s 51-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran American Ethanol is likely the clear-cut favorite to be the fastest boat at any top-speed shootout event it competes in this season. That’s a pretty fair assumption when you consider the boat’s accomplishments last year: The quad-engine Mystic ran 206 mph at the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees (GLOC) Performance Boat Challenge Shootout in Grove, Okla., and backed up its 208-mph Top Gun-winning effort at the 2015 Lake of the Ozarks Shootout with the fastest speed ever recorded at the event in a non-turbine-powered boat, 217 mph.

And all of that was with the “smaller” 1,700-hp engines.

Make your plans now to be at Grand Lake on Friday, July 14th, to take part in the 2017 GLOC Shootout Troops Charity Tour.


The Troops Charity Tour is an organized tour of Grand Lake for the 2017 GLOC Shootout participants and anyone else who wants to enter - and you do not have to have a performance boat to participate. This is open to all boaters.

Shorter Shootout Courses: Causes And Effects

As reported on speedonthewater.com in late 2016 the organizers of the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout in Missouri, the GLOC Performance Boat Challenge in Oklahoma and the Texas Outlaw Challenge agreed to shorten their one-mile courses to three-quarters-of-a-mile in the interest of safety this year

GLOC Shootout Returns July 13-16 2017

The performance boating world will again be focused on Grand Lake when the 3rd

Annual GLOC Performance Boat Shootout returns this July 13th through the 16th, 2017.Grand Lake is lucky to host an event like the GLOC Shootout, which attracts

participants, sponsors and fans from throughout the country to Grand Lake.

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