Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

15th Annual Autumn Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

Written by  November 1, 2013

The Autumn Thunder Beach Rally in Panama City Beach, Florida kicked off on Wednesday October the 2, 2013, with live bands jumpstarting the party at Sharky’s, Salty Goat, Wicked Wheel, Ms. Newby’s and Whiskey’s Saloon. Whiskey’s also played host to the 1st preliminary round of the Miss Thunder Beach contest.

By this time, the weather had started cooperating better than it had the first part of the week, much better than the week before, and a whole lot better than at the spring rally. But still, I’m sure it made more than a few just a little nervous. The fact that they had named a storm down in the gulf, Karen, and Karen was expected to send a lot of wind and rain toward the beaches along the gulf coast, didn’t ease our minds much. As it turned out, the weather channel pretty much wasted their time down there. Karen did manage to push up a little rain for some of the riders to deal with on the way home Sunday.

Thursday brought a little more sunshine to the beach, just in time for the poker runs to get underway, and the all girl motorcycle high-wire show at Frank Brown Park, where they performed several shows each day thru Sunday.

Ms. Newby’s started their weekend of fashion shows, and the live music continued at Rocket Lanes, Boardwalk, Sharky’s, Whiskey’s and the Salty Goat.

Hammerhead Freds played host to the 2nd preliminary round of the Miss Thunder Beach contest.

Friday brought some new spark to the rally with the first Thunder Beach Jam, which was so cool! Aaron Bessant Park played host to the party of the weekend, starting with some kickass tunes from, The Kicks, Badfinger, and Grand Funk Railroad. How awesome is that?

Boardwalk Beach Resort held their wet T-shirt contest and the official Thunder Beach Paint –n- Body contest, and the 3rd preliminary round of the Miss Thunder Beach contest was hosted by Club LaVela.

Saturday got a kick start with the Sgt. Kevin Kight Memorial Parade down Front Beach Road, which gave everyone a chance to show off their ride, while benefiting the Panama City Beach Cops & Kid’s Toy Run. There was also another poker run taking folks up and down the beach one last time. Club LaVela hosted the Thunder Beach Tattoo Contest sponsored by Electroluxe Tattoo Company, with a $1,000 cash prize. Not too bad!

It was then time to head over to the Lawbike.com Best of the Beach Bike Show at Pier Park. They have some of the most awesome bikes on the planet at, with 16 classes and $15,000 in cash and prizes, while benefiting the Toys for Kids Foundation. Now this show is a feast for the eyes!

The new Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach was where the girls in the Miss Thunder Beach contest landed for the finals, with $5,000 in cash and prizes. This year they added a Ms. Thunder Beach for those hot ladies over 35, who wanted to compete, but not share the stage with a bunch of 18 year-olds. That’s not to say that they couldn’t compete in the Miss Thunder Beach contest if they chose to.

The first Thunder Beach Jam closed out Saturday with music from Floord, John Kay & Steppenwolf and Cheap Trick. Not a bad little weekend concert!

The rally wrapped up Sunday with a scenic ride, the sounds of live music, and a blessing of the bikes. It’s always hard to leave the beach, isn’t it? We hope everyone made it home safely.

So mark your calendar for the spring rally, which will take place April 30-May 4, 2014.

Photos by Cindy and Mike Marsh from Pinson, Alabama.