The Guntersville Lake Hydrofest is our first stop on the 2024 season, and has quickly grown into most team’s favorite race of the season. With a big, fast lake to race on, fantastic hospitality from the town and its citizens, and always warm weather, the Hydrofest is a great place to begin.
Beginning back in 1963, the race ran through 1969 and was the site of numerous speed record attempts, then had a hiatus until 2018, when it came back in a big way – with what is widely acknowledged to be the most spectacular Final Heat of the past twenty years, when Andrew Tate beat Jimmy Shane by less than 6 feet after five laps of 200 MPH racing!
The 2023 race featured the fifth-fastest qualifying lap in the history of the sport – 171.294 MPH, set by Dustin Echols in the U-40 Bucket List Racing entry, and the fastest 2.5 mile average lap speed – 162.910 MPH, by Corey Peabody in the U-9 Beacon Plumbing.
This year, the Hydrofest will be this summer’s biggest event at the lake, with three classes of hydroplanes, racing at speeds of up to 200 mph.
Be sure to get your tickets soon and join us on the shores of one of the most beautiful lakes in the country!