In February 1988, the Kiekhaefer sterndrive was shown — privately, by appointment only — in a hotel suite near the Miami International Boat Show. World offshore-racing champion Tom Gentry was one of its first customers. For the Key West Worlds, Gentry leased his Scarab race boat to Wellcraft for actor/racer Don Johnson of Miami Vice fame. By November 1988, Johnson was acting like a real boat racer. He, Gus Anastasi and Bill Sirois were Superboat World Cup champions in the Gentry Turbo Eagle Scarab. In November 1989, Peter Markie was Superboat World Cup champion in the Little Caesars Pizza Apache. Both used Sterndrives by Kiekhaefer and won. For Mercury, this was getting old.