The Shootout is a boat race, sure. But there’s plenty to do and see on land, in the days leading up to the race and on race days, too. An experience not to be missed is Racer Village, next to Buccaneer Bay at Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill. Racer Village is an extension of Vendor Village, but it hosts racers’ land-based behemoth machines, and the vendors who can’t fit their rigs on the beach.

Meet and Greet 

In Racer Village, fans meet and greet powerboat racing legends, see the million-dollar SUV’s they travel in, the RV’s they call home during the racing season, and the powerful F650 big rigs used to pull their massive high-performance power boats. Past powerboat race team legends showcased in Racer Village include 2nd Amendment Racing, Nauti Marine’s Bud Light, Performance Boat Center, and Don Oken’s American Ethanol

Shock and Awe

Boat Manufacturers also showcase their newest lines of products and services in Racer Village. These premier products and services all in one place make the Racer Village a one-stop-shop for powerboaters!

There is something for everyone. Watersports fans will love Wake Effects by Big Thunder’s freshest wake boards, wake surfs and watersports gear. Local boat dealers also offer a sneak preview of their newest lines of boats in Racer Village. And because Racer Village is right next door to Vendor Village, recreational boaters can be awed by the power and newest boat models at Racer Village and then meander along to find… well, everything: boat covers, navigation systems, new digital products built for boaters, and accessories to make time on the water more fun, carefree, and safe.

Racing Engine Displays

Mercury Racing’s vast number of world powerboat racing championships is proof enough that they are one of the top and most innovative race engine builders in the world. Race fans love the Mercury Racing engine display in Racer Village where they get a close-range view inside the power that propels Mercury Racing across the finish line time-after-time.

Speed junkies can also check out the hottest drag boats and the kids will thrill when the Panic Mouse engines shoot flames on ignition!

The vendors in Racer Village are too numerous to list, but a visit to Racer Village is a must for every race fan’s bucket list for a panorama of products and services and all things gnarly and nautical. 

Racer Village is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.


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