Thunder Beach Autumn Rally vs Seafood Festival [REPORT]

At Tuesday’s TDC meeting, the big guns of Thunder Beach approached the board asking to move their Autumn Rally to Columbus Day Weekend.

Currently, the rally is held on the first weekend in October. Reason for wanting to change the date were stated as follows:

  1. Ability to confirm more Vendors presence
  2. More Vendors = more attendants
  3. More Attendants = boost in Panama City Beach’s economy

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Thunder Beach Weekend Schedule

Photo of Pat Travers by Jeannie Cooper.

The Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally is here, this weekend is the weekend to enjoy the weather, ride your bike, be safe and enjoy some awesome entertainment.

We’ve taken the time to get the entire weekend’s schedule published right here on  There’s tons going on this weekend all up and down Panama City Beach.  Check after the break for the full breakdown.

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Bay Point Marriott to Once Again be Venue for Thunder Beach 2010 Rally

This fall’s Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally takes place in just a couple more weeks – starting Thursday, September 30th and wrapping up on Sunday, October 2nd. As was the case with this year’s spring rally, the Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa will once again play host to this autumn’s rally, a move that will undoubtedly continue to surprise some. However, if you are a concerned Bay Point resident or local and you didn’t get a chance to see the layout for yourself back in May, here’s a couple of things to bear in mind. Continue reading “Bay Point Marriott to Once Again be Venue for Thunder Beach 2010 Rally”

Thunder Beach Venue at Bay Point Off to a Good Start

I know that a lot of people, myself included, were pretty shocked when we first heard that Bay Point was going to be one of the venues for this year’s Thunder Beach spring rally. The two just didn’t seem go together, and there were many understandable concerns from Bay Point and Panama City Beach residents about the potential noise and disruptions from the large number of motorcycles. Continue reading “Thunder Beach Venue at Bay Point Off to a Good Start”

Bay Point to be New 2010 Thunder Beach Rally Location

Believe it or not, when Thunder Beach rolls back into Panama City Beach April 29th, the bikes will be heading in a brand new direction – up to the Bay Point Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. The new venue comes as a surprise to some as Bay Point is, by definition, a quiet, elegant community best known for its exclusivity and seclusion. Continue reading “Bay Point to be New 2010 Thunder Beach Rally Location”

5 Ways to Mentally and Physically Prepare for Thunder Beach


Aside from an investment in ear plugs or Gord’s Chrome Polish, there are other ways pro and anti-Thunder Beach participants can prepare for the twice-a-year event that can make it an overall better experience for everyone.

1. Signage – Don’t expect bikers, or anyone for that matter, to know your rules if you don’t have them visible. Know your boundaries and set them. If you don’t want the bikers to do burnouts in the parking lot of your establishment, you’d better say so. But beyond the rules you set, there also needs to be a reminder, posted throughout the city, for bike safety. Use signage to express your limits as an establishment as well as to remind those in vehicles to be conscious of those on bikes.

2. Be Informed – Know the Venues. Anyone who does not care for Thunder Beach knows how frustrating it is to want to go to your favorite restaurant only to find all the parking spaces taken up by Harleys. Know the venues so you either know where to go or where to avoid. If you are a biker, knowing the venues helps you keep bikes off the neighborhood streets which in turn makes Panama City Beach residents happy. Residents should know the venues and so they  don’t accidentally take a van-full of kids into the heart of a raucous event. Currently, the posted venues for the event are Frank Brown Park, The Shoppes At Edgewater featuring Rock’it Lanes, The Boardwalk Beach Resort, Club La Vela, Sharky’s Restaurant & Tiki Bar, Pier Park, Pineapple Willy’s

3. Staff – As we near the end of the season, cutting back on staff is the last thing you want to do before this type of event. Let this be your rehearsal for Spring Break. Not that Bikers will be anywhere near as rowdy as breakers, especially during the Fall rally which is subdued compared to its rowdier Spring sibling, but having a knowledgeable staff that knows how to handle crowd control makes everything run smoother and can give you peace of mind on those thunderous nights.

4. Make Early/Alternate Plans – If you don’t like the bike weekend and want to avoid the whole scene, make plans to go out rather than sit at home and sulk. Head into to town for Panama City Downtown Friday Fest, take the kids over to the Skate Factory just off Harrison avenue or go see a show at the Marina Civic Center. There’s lots to do when the bikers take over the beach.

5. Expect a Bad Apple, But A Relatively Good Barrel – Don’t let one bad apple make you cringe at the thought of the entire event. No doubt, there are a million Thunder Beach horror stories you or anyone can tell, but I can assure you there are equal if not more positive stories about the thunderous occasion. Bikers, for the most part, are good people who spend loads of money to come to Panama City Beach and enjoy their favorite hobby with others. Yes, the pipes are loud, but you have to consider that even the loud pipes you love to hate are for safety purposes. Go into the weekend expecting a few bad apples in an overall good batch and you’ll have greater peace of mind for it.

Thunder Beach Weekend starts September 24th and goes through the 27th. For more information on the event please stop by

Frank Brown Smoking Ban a Message to Thunder Beach?

This September the Thunder Beach Rally will again vibrate the streets of Panama City Beach to mixed emotions. While many love the three-day event and tour from venue to venue on bikes others loathe the event and consider it, at the least, an unnecessary scourge on Panama City Beach’s reputation. No board on Panama City Beach has had an opinion on the matter allowing the event to proceed. But recent considerations on a potential ban could be speaking, albeit very quietly, its position.

Take yourself back a few months to the Spring Bike Rally on Panama City Beach. There were a number of venues stretching from Ms. Newby’s to Pier Park. But it was Frank Brown Park who saw the majority of bikers. If you were to visit the venue hours after the event was over, you probably would not have known anything of consequence had happened. There were a few bits of trash here and there and the occasional bandana; nothing particularly startling. But, if you were to take a closer look, there was residue that could not be missed. Everywhere, throughout the entire field at Frank Brown Park, there were thousands and thousands of cigarette butts.

To that point, Panama City Beach City Council is considering banning smoking from the park entirely. Now, it goes without saying that not every biker smokes and certainly others such as parents of softball and soccer players will be affected by the ban. Still, part of the draw for using Frank Brown Park as a venue for the leather-clad event is its open-air “field” mentality. Such restrictions would severely change that identity. The council plans to discuss the ban further early next month, just in time for the Fall Bike Rally.