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Lynn Lilly and Leigh Lilly

Lynn Lilly and Leigh Lilly

It’s May, time for spring, (for some this year, it was more of a Spring-Snow event), time for the Kentucky Derby, and time for the spring Thunder Beach Rally in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Mother Nature decided to throw a kink into this rally as well. We spoke with friends Mike and Cindy Marsh on Thursday, May 2, the day after the rally officially kicked off and their third day down there, thinking they had the beach kinda to themselves up to that point, which they did, but they said the weather had been crap the whole time. Other friends who rode down Thursday got a little wet on the trip and on the beach after arriving, leaving some of the first-time-to-the-rally folks calling home to say that there really was “Thunder” and a little lightning and RAIN on the beach!

Friday, another of our friends rode down with a church group and got wet! Not surprising; it rained off and on until mid-day Saturday!

All of the vendors were at their respective places, and the “mini” events (bike shows, Ms. Thunder Beach, etc.) managed to take place for the most part, but the most exciting thing was the long-awaited opening of the new Panama City Beach Harley-Davidson store! Yea!!!! For some, that was one of the best parts of the rally.

Most came away thinking the weekend sucked (ONLY because of the weather), but not everyone thought that. There were those like the couple from north Alabama, Jennifer and John Newman, who got married at Rocket Harley-Davidson in Huntsville, Alabama, then went on to honeymoon at Thunder Beach. When asked what their thoughts on the weekend were, they said it was beautiful, they had a wonderful time, and the weather was beautiful. I love it! I really hope their marriage stays blissfully unaware of the crappy stuff!

Well this is going to be short story as there wasn’t a whole lot to write home about. Hopefully the fall rally will see better weather. A special thanks goes to Mike and Cindy Marsh, who endured the longest and endeavored the most to come up with the pictures that we are using for this article.

Photos by Mike and Cindy Marsh (Pinson, Alabama)

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.

What a gorgeous weekend for a festival! Bikes were rolling into town as early as Thursday for the start of the 9th Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

In Alabama, October signals the change of seasons. Changing leaves, Halloween, and the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park converge on Alabama. October 12 kicked off the 8th annual Vintage Festival, presented by Triumph, and ran through the 14th.

This has been a hotter than normal year for most of the country, and the weekend of June 22 was no exception. Even with the temperatures in the 100s, fans still poured into the Barber Motorsports Park for 10th Annual AMA Super-Bike Race weekend.

Sunday, September 9 was an absolutely gorgeous day for a ride as hundreds of bikers rolled into the Barber Motorsports Park for the 11th annual “Ride for Kids” benefiting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

August 2, 2012

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