Bill Tomlinson did what he said he would do. Not long ago at a Miami Boat Show Bill told us he was going to really set a record at LOTO. A gentleman and a gentlemen racer, Mr Tomlinson is certainly someone who is not unfamiliar with speed and knowing what it takes to get it. Having gone through an armada of different boats, with a variety of engines, rigging and set ups. His latest boat “MY WAY” a 50 foot, 3000 HP, twin turbine Mystic came to be shortly after the 50 foot Outerlimits cat was built.
This new record of 224 MPH in the short mile course of the Lake of the Ozarks shootout really makes a statement by blowing the old record out the water by more than 15 MPH. Many were expecting My Way to breach the previous record, but to do so by such a margin is quite something. The previous receord of 209 MPH was set in 2006 by Dave Callan and John Cosker. Getting to 224 MPH in such a short run in a huge 50 foot boat is not something easily done or attainable for just anyone with the means to do it. It takes a ton of work that requires persistence and determination to set a goal and then realize the success. This is Tomlinson’s 2nd LOTO Top Gun Trophy, as he won his first in 2011, running 208 MPH that time. When asked how fast he thought he boat was capable of going, Tomlinson replied “The boat is probably capable of running 240 MPH.” In the past 20 years the speed of the LOTO Top Gun has nearly doubled from the 1993 finish of 115 MPH.
This year, the LOTO Shoot Out organizers employed a new radar gun setup to more accurately gauge the speeds of the boats. This year many teams’ GPS Speedometer data corroborated the data from the radar guns while in years past there had been discrepancies between the two.
A huge congratulations to Bill, his entire team and to John Cosker of Mystic Powerboats for creating such a capable craft. It looks like we may be in for even more spectacular LOTO shootouts in the future as new boats and teams challenge for the record.
Full LOTO Shootout Results:
Top Cat – Professional
Top Cat – Non-Professional
Top Cat – Manufacturer
Top V – Professional
Top V – Non-Professional
Top V – Manufacturer
Bill Tomlinson and Ken Kehoe – My Way
WINNERS BY CLASS
Ivan (Buck) Stracener