Offshore Thrills

Remember Miami Vice’s iconic opening with Cigarette boats tearing through Biscayne Bay? Or maybe you recall seeing some DEA agents posed atop sleek go-fast boats after impounding dozens of kilos of Bolivian marching powder (they were the vehicle of choice for the drug trade back in the day). No matter the associations, these powerful vessels are tied to the city’s international allure, for better or worse. And when the 21st annual Super Boat Grand Prix roars along Miami Beach this Sunday, your memory will be jolted into the present by the thunder of horsepower. Think NASCAR of the sea. The boats reach speeds in excess of 200 mph (no wonder traffickers like them), and watching these offshore missiles is as tense as it is thrilling (they’ve been known to take flight and crash in horrific yet hypnotic spectacles). The race begins at 1 p.m., and the course stretches from Eighth to 44th Street. If you want an up-close look at the rockets, visit the dry pits at Bicentennial Park.
Sun., May 29, 9 a.m., 2011


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