First, Swifty McGurk wants players to get in the Winners' Circle of a Keelhaul Canyon race by getting third place or better. Then, he wants players to beat his personal best lap time of 1:45.
At one point, Swifty McGurk saw a Siren Statue entrancing a group of Stromling Pirates and thought that this was a very strange sight. The next day, he challenges players to beat his personal best race time of 5:00, which he boasts to have accomplished without even wearing pants. Swifty McGurk also assigns players with the challenge of completing a Keelhaul Canyon race without crashing their Race Car. Finally, Swifty McGurk sends players to complete a Keelhaul Canyon race in first place.
Feeling that they are ready for new racing challenges, Swifty McGurk sends players back to the Nimbus StationRace Place to speak with Velocity Lane.
During a Grand Prix competition held at Keelhaul Canyon Raceway, Swifty McGurk expressed skepticism in players' ability to master the dangerous jungle labyrinths of his favorite racetrack. He recommended that players stick with Dragonmaw Chasm Raceway, which he referred as a much less dangerous venture, and leave Keelhaul Canyon to his fellow brawny pirates.
Swifty McGurk was originally named Gangway Kelley prior to alpha testing, although his role was identical to his current role. A texture titled "Torsos_NPC_GangwayKellyswf_I5" and a model titled "minifig_accessory_GangwayKelly_Hat" have been found in the game files, but these appear to be for another Nexus Force character, implying that the name Gangway Kelley may have been intended to be reused.
When first introduced in early beta testing, Swifty McGurk was incorrectly given Captain Jack Knife's model and Bob's textures, causing a pinkish tinge to his skin. This was fixed on March 25th, 2010. During early beta testing, players could not talk to Velocity Lane. Therefore, to receive their first chassis and racecar module pack, they had to speak with Swifty McGurk instead.