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Thunder On The River - Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races

Thunder On The River - Lucas Oil Drag Boat Races

October 10 - 12, 2014 @ 9 am (race start may vary depending on weather)

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The Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series is pleased to announce the return of Thunder on the River to Lake Havasu City, and once again, the competition promises to be fierce! This event brings some of the best professional drag boat race teams in the country to Lake Havasu City to battle it out the first weekend of October. Lake Havasu is the perfect venue with near constant water elevation and temperatures, providing for some of the fastest runs ever, especially in the Top Fuel Hydro category where speeds have already surpassed the 260 mile per hour mark in only 3.3-seconds on a 1,000-foot race course! Approximately 8,000 visitors converge on Rotary Park for a festive and fun weekend for race enthusiasts with many activities and displays on-hand, as well.


The spectator area will be located in Lake Havasu's Rotary Park, a 40-acre beach/park centrally located and easily accessible from Arizona's State Highway 95. Recognized as a local hot spot, the park is located on the shores of Lake Havasu and offers a variety of amenities that are sure to make for a festive and exciting spring happening and a fun weekend for families and race enthusiasts of all ages. Vendors, beer garden, and other activities and displays will also be on-hand. Beach chairs and towels permitted. No coolers allowed inside of Rotary Park.

A spectator area will also be available at the south end of the Bridgewater Channel on the island side at London Bridge Beach [map] This is an excellent location to watch the racers drop their boats in, as well as watch the very start of the race when the racers first take off.

10x10 EZ-UP Spots: $300 (located at Rotary Beach along the shoreline and includes four All-Session passes)
VIP Cabanas: $500 (includes eight All-Session passes, eight available on a first-come, first-served basis)

There will be no anchoring in Thompson Bay during the races. All boat traffic through Thompson Bay will be by escort only. Please be aware that there will be delays if leaving The Nautical, the Lake Havasu Marina, exiting the Bridgewater Channel at the south end or boating through Thompson Bay.

There will be a no-wake zone from south of Grass Island to The Islander/California side of the lake. Click here to view map.

Friday Pass:
Saturday Pass: $15
Sunday Pass: $20
Weekend Pass:
Teens: $5 off
Pre-teens: Free w/paid adult

VIP Parking:  $10
General Parking:  Free (shuttle available)

Parking to the event is at Park Avenue & Highway 95, near the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center [map]. Entrance to the event south entrance of Rotary Park [map].  There is also available off-site parking free of charge just outside Rotary Park on city streets and empty lots. No parking allowed in Rotary Park except handicap and RV's that pay for a spot.

Front Row RV Spot Rental: $600
Includes four All-Session passes and car pass (22 spots available, first-come, first-served basis)
RV Spot Rental (not front row): $500
Includes four All-Session passes and car pass (22 spots available, first-come, first-served basis)

If you'd like to volunteer at this event, please visit the Volunteer Sign-up page for details.

If you're interested in obtaining an RV, Cabana, or 10x10 spot, please contact Patti Dollar ( or 951-870-6375.

To sign up to be a vendor, click here. No pets allowed throughout Rotary Park or spectator areas.

Contact Information:

Ken Dollar, Series Director

Event Information:

Venue: Rotary Community Park
Address: 1400 S. Smoketree Ave.
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
Price: $10 Fri; $15 Sat; $20 Sun; $40 wknd pass
Rain Policy: The safety of the boat drivers is of the utmost importance and the drag boats cannot race due to safety issues if the wind picks up. Monday is an alternative race day should wind/weather issues arise.