Just one question remains after yesterday’s Desert Storm Poker Run top-speed shootout on Lake Havasu in Arizona: Can anyone take the Queen of the Desert crown from the head of California’s Miranda Jones?
For the third time in four years—the event was cancelled in 2020—Jones claimed top honors in Dial 911, a Skater Powerboats 388 catamaran powered by twin 2,000-hp turbocharged engines from Brummett Marine.
Jones made two runs on the three-quarter-mile course. Her first pass of 183.4 mph was more than enough to earn her the Queen of the Desert title. And while several ticks slower, her 177.9 mph second pass was still better than the 174.5-mph that earned her the title in 2021.
As usual, conditions were less than perfect thanks to a 15- to 25-mph, north-to-northwest wind. Gary Smith, the 2022 King of the Desert winner with a 184.8-mph result on his first pass, also had to battle them.
“On my last pass, I wanted to be on the left side of the course,” said Smith, who ran the Predator III Skater 388 catamaran powered by twin turbocharged Brummett engines turned up to 2,300 hp a side. “But the wind had pushed me to the center of the course by the time I got to the end of it.
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