The Need for Speed

No drug-running here -- just a boat race

Water you waiting for?

FRI 10/8

Think boats are best used for fishing? Then this weekend's festivities might not be for you. But if your idea of a seaworthy vessel means that it can hit speeds in excess of 100 mph, you need to be at the eighth-annual Deerfield Beach Super Boat National Championships from Friday through Sunday. The weekend includes speed on the street: At 7 p.m. Friday, a specialty drag-race car show (part of the police officers' "Beat the Heat" event) kicks off the weekend. On Saturday, while the teams take a break from time trials and practice rounds on the water, race fans can get an up-close look at the speed boats and their drivers at the racer's dry-pit area, located inland at Quiet Waters Park (401 S. Powerline Rd., Deerfield Beach). The boat viewing is free, but there is a $1 general admission charge for the park. An evening beachfront concert, headlined by South Florida's own Nestor Torres, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is race day, and the ideal viewing area for all the action is the Deerfield Beach fishing pier. Activities, which begin at 11 a.m., also include an arts-and-crafts show, an international food pavilion, and a plethora of frosty adult and virgin libations. The main beach parking lot at the intersection of A1A and Hillsboro Boulevard will serve as the nerve center for all the fun. Call 954-480-4428. -- Russ Evans

Fords on Fire

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Steel ponies race at Moroso

SAT 10/9

Drag racing on the quarter-mile stretch gets a dose of testosterone this weekend during the Ford Power Festival at Moroso Motorsports Park (17047 Beeline Hwy., Jupiter). Early- and late-model Mustangs, Thunderbirds, and Cougars will compete in two main categories: 10.99 and quicker, and 11.00 and slower. Included during the weekend are the Law Enforcement Beat the Heat World Finals, open to police officers and firefighters driving door cars of any make. Off-the-racetrack events include an engine parts marketplace, swap meet, exotic car and truck show, and bikini contest. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and close at 11 p.m. Sunday's festivities start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20 each day, and children under 11 are admitted free. Call 561-622-1400. -- Russ Evans

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