Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

16th Annual Fall Thunder Beach Rally - Panama City Beach, Florida

Written by  November 29, 2016

The Thunder Beach Rallies have taken on a different “vibe” since the shakeup of the venue locations that used to run up and down Front Beach Road. Some of the older business’s that had been venue locations for years are no longer venues, and a few new ones have been added.

There is Frank Brown Park just off the beach, which has been there for a while, and know has the Thunder Beach Saloon added to it. Aaron Bessant Park, Sharky’s Beach Club, Pier Park, and Harley-Davidson of PCB was added about three years back, and planned a weekend filled with fun! Hammerhead Fred’s is kind of a new venue location, which in now co-producing the Miss Thunder Beach contests with Aaron Bessant Park.

Harley hit the ground running on Friday October 14, with live music on one of the two stages, where several free concerts took place, as well as the start of the Giant Tent Sale. Later, they had the Harley Girls, as well as Paul Teutul Sr. and Mikey from Orange County Choppers.

The new Harley shop and the new Indian shop are not that big inside, but they are both spread out and have a huge impact on the beach, which is a very welcome addition to the biker community at the beach. People have been waiting for years on a Harley shop down here. It was also really nice to see the “Faith Rider’s” bunch, who were setup out front. It’s always nice to run into that bunch of great folks! Of all the bike shows, the coolest is still the one at Pier Park, which includes some of the most expensive bikes on the beach.

The coolest and most attended event that takes place at the Thunder Beach Rallies is still the Sgt. Kevin Kight Memorial Bike Parade that takes place on Saturday morning, in honor of Sgt. Kevin Kight, a Panama City Beach Police officer who lost his life in the line of duty while making a traffic stop on front beach road on March 27, 2005. Who doesn’t like to be part of a parade for such a great cause? Parade participants and onlookers are encouraged to make cash donations as well as canned goods and non perishables that are given to the local food banks serving needy families throughout the Bay County area through the Cops and Kids program. Very cool!

Tim Dyson’s Freestyle Moto-X Stunt Show provided the very best in Extreme Entertainment, who performed daily shows at Frank Brown Park. “Nuts” is the first thing that comes to mind as you’re watching this show!

The Marshal Tucker Band and the Atlanta Rhythm Section were just a few of the big names in the free concert lineup. In all, there were 40 free concerts located in 6 venues!

And looking ahead, the Spring Thunder Beach Rally will be May 3-7, 2017.