Changing Places

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Legendary Marine launched a new division called Legendary Performance that will focus on high-performance service and repair and it tapped two industry race veterans to lead the new venture.

Joining the Legendary Marine service team are Scott Childs and Jeff Hopper, who bring 55 years of combined experience in high-performance service and racing. Both are former employees of Mercury Racing who have hands-on experience working at Lake X and X-Site in Panama City, Fla.

Childs is a 28-year outboard and sterndrive veteran who is certified and capable of rebuilding all standard and race outboards, along with sterndrives. He is a Mercruiser master technician and Mercury outboard master technician and he carries the Mercury Racing T.E.A.M. certification.

He also has worked in race schedule support, including work with Poker Runs of America, and has provided support for the Offshore Super Series for the 525 H.P. class through the 1200 H.P. class.

Prior to joining Legendary, Hopper spent 25 years with Mercury Racing, beginning in 1985 at Lake X. He is globally recognized in high-performance circles for his expertise in No. 6 drive rebuilds, with the proven ability to build virtually any outboard gear case and all sterndrive applications from the Bravo1 thru M8. His involvement in race team support includes travel to all sanctioned races from within the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

"We are very excited to launch Legendary Performance and are extremely pleased to simultaneously announce the addition of Scott Childs and Jeff Hopper to our award-winning service team," Legendary Marine managing partner Fred Pace said in a statement.

"While Legendary had a long history in high-performance sales in the past, our focus for the future in this niche is in the service area of high-performance refresh, repair and repower," he added. "We are uniquely positioned to now offer high-performance service featuring a highly qualified and well-seasoned service staff, accessible location, superior protected facilities, haulout and indoor dry storage capabilities for boats up to 51-feet."

Legendary Marine is affiliated with Legendary Inc., with dealership locations in Destin, Panama City and Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Gulf Shores, Ala.