Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

13th Annual Fall Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

Written by  October 31, 2011

On Wednesday, September 28, the Shores of Panama hosted the first preliminary rounds of the Miss Thunder Beach Contest with “Geneva” supplying the music and signaling the start of the 2011 Fall Thunder Beach Rally on the beautiful beaches of Panama City Beach Florida, home of some of the prettiest white sand you’ll ever see.

Down on the east end of the beach, Pineapple Willy’s hosted one of the kick-off parties with “Pop Evil” & “Egypt Central” for their live entertainment. And back over to the west end of the beach, the Sand-Piper Beacon hosted the other kick-off party with “Mustang Sally” providing the tunes.

By Thursday a few more bikes came rolling in, just in time for the first poker run of the rally to start at Pineapple Willy’s.

Hammer Head Fred’s was the location for the second round of the Miss Thunder Beach preliminaries, and the music started to fill the Shoppes of Edgewater as the Journey tribute band “Don’t Stop Believing” took the stage. They rocked Edgewater again on Saturday.

At Rock’ it Lanes in Edgewater, their entire venue was a Beer Garden featuring $2 Bloody Marys.

Also on Thursday, the Biker Village opened at Club Lavela with J & P Cycles, Indi’s Unique Gifts, Mustang Motorcycle seats, Kuryakyn, C & L Enterprises, Pinstriping, Cobra Extreme Video, Custom Dynamics LED Road Show along with musical acts, “The Outlaws,” Pure Prairie League,” “Lynyrd Skynard,” “Molly Hatchet,” Marshall Tucker,” “Black Foot,” “Greg Allman,” and “Ghost Rider” with special guest “Silversel.”

Friday started off with the second poker run of the rally leaving Rock’ it Lanes, a Daisy Dukes contest at Buckaloos, Bon Jovi tribute band, “Livin on a Prayer” playing over at Edgewater and the finales of the Miss Thunder Beach contest being held over at Hooters on the beach, quite a befitting place, don’t you think? Miss Desiree Niemann was crowned the Fall Miss Thunder Beach.

Saturday morning the Kevin Kight memorial bike parade left out from the Shoppes at Edgewater. Later Edgewater played host to the Ms. Thunder Beach contest for women 35 and up, and “King Cotton” with their blues style southern rock boogie took the stage. Over at Hooters, the girls were washing bikes with a charity bike wash. The third poker run of the rally left out of Sharky’s, and the Best of the Beach Custom Bike Show took place over at Pier Park. This is where you’ll find the badest of bad custom bikes, wicked cool!

Thursday through Saturday the Nick Lee’s Burn Out Tour and the Cody & Kyle Ives stunt shows were taking place over at Frank Brown Park on Back Beach Road, where they also had some really good home-made ice cream, B C Cycles, 52/52 Performance Tuning, Leather, Chaps & Bags, Toy’s, Shades, T- Shirts, LED’S, and food from Gary’s Concessions.

Sharky’s had BWMJ Bike Week Apparel, Pinstriping, Echo Lake Gifts, Lite Cycle, Master Lugo’s Custom Upholstery, One Sexy Bike Chick, The Silver Cantina, UVX Sunglasses, and they were one of the official Thunder Beach Merchandise Tent locations.

Edgewater was another official merchandise location that also had vendors with biker apparel, jewelry, leather, cigars, pinstriping, the CMA, pins, and RV Connection.

Pineapple Willy’s was another official merchandise location that also had vendors with jewelry, cycle gear, art works, leather, sunglasses and patches.

Ms. Newby’s, another very popular place for the bikers, had “Joshua Adams,” “Todd Simpson & the Mojo Child,” and “Sticky Tea” as their musical entertainment. There’s also Ms Newby’s Too that’s a nice little sports bar and package store with a party deck and drive through window.

It was a little cool Saturday, but other than that, the weather was pretty nice for the weekend, so it left some asking the question, “where’s the bikes?” This was the first time that most could remember that you could actually walk across the street to the beach, and you could ride down front beach road on Friday and Saturday night without feeling like you were in a parade. It just seemed that there weren’t near as many bikes in town for this rally. Not sure if it was the economy or what, but it doesn’t make sense. This is one of the coolest rallies, stretched up and down the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it’s a free rally! I’m sure that we’ll find the spring rally back to what it always has been.

Write-On and Ride-On
By Lynn Reynolds and
Leigh Lilly

Photos by Mike & Cindy Marsh