The Lake of the Ozarks Shootout has announced the recipients of its 11th annual Bob Morgan Memorial Shootout Hall Fame.
The lineup, provided by the organizing committee of the 35th Annual Shootout, is a typically diverse group. Tony Chiaramonte, director of sales and a co-owner of DCB Performance Marine of Phoenix, AZ, is a longtime participant in the Shootout, having driven at least one boat in every event for the last 13 years. When Chiaramonte got the call from Event President Capt. Ron Duggan, he assumed the topic would be a charity run. "When he told me what was going on, I was surprised," he tells Speedboat. "When I think about the names that are already on that list, and that I was considered to be part of that group of people, it's pretty surreal."
Chiaramonte got started at DCB back in 1993, and a lot has changed in that time—much of it this year alone, which has seen the company move from its 30-year-old digs in California to Arizona, as well as pick up a new majority owner, Craig Hargreaves. "It's like almost a lifetime of activity has happened just this year," he laughs. "It's been pretty neat."
Chiaramonte's best speed on the LOTO course was 173 mph, which was achieved in customer Shaun Gibson's DCB M35 Widebody catamaran, equipped with twin Mercury Racing 1550 motors.
The other recipients:
• Rough Water Dock owner John Crabtree, who constructs custom docks for residential and commercial properties, has been involved with the LOTO Shootout since it was associated with Shooters 21, and has taken on a greater role in setting up the course, including its modifications through the years.
• The Shootout Registration Crew, which includes Jackie Bartholomew, Kim Gericke, Donna Lampe, Jacki Palmquist and Kerry Willoughby, all of whom work hard to keep the shootout running smoothly. The group is led by previous Hall of Fame inductee Diana Dorhauer.
• Randy Kelly, founder of Osage Beach, MO-based boat dealer and marina Kelly's Port, was a volunteer at the LOTO Shootout back in 1989 and has been part of the event since that time. He headed up the Lake of the Ozarks Marine Dealers Association 35 years ago.
"The 2023 Bob Morgan Memorial Hall of Fame inductees embody the true spirit of the Shootout," Shootout Director Leah Martin told Speedboat. "The class represents a 35 year history of racing, sponsoring, and volunteering. Without these exceptional nominees this event would not be where it is today."
These individuals will be officially inducted at a dinner scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Lighthouse in Sunrise Beach, MO.