Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show and A Guide to Motorcycle Types

On October 1st, the Best of Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show will be held at Pier Park.  Registration will begin at 10:00am, judging is scheduled for 12:00pm, and the awards presentation will be at 5:00pm.  There is $15,000 in prize money and gift certificates available to winners.

Classes for judging are American Mild, American Wild, Metric Wild, Sportbike Mild, Sportbike Wild, Manufactured Custom, Radical, Bobber, Bagger Mild, Bagger Wild, Trike Mild, Trike Wild, Vintage Stock, Vintage Modified, and Rat.

Description of the different judging classes
  • American: a cruiser using imperial sizes for nuts and bolts
  • Metric: a cruiser using metric nuts and bolts rather than imperial sizes
  • Sportbike: a motorcycle designed for optimal speed and handling characteristics, often with expensive bodywork
  • Manufactured Custom: a motorcycle ordered straight from the manufacturer customized to wants and needs of the owners
  • Radical: a motorcycle typically classified as a chopper, with high handlebars
  • Bobber: a motorcycle with cut down fenders to appear shorter
  • Bagger: a motorcycle equipped with saddlebags and other touring amenities
  • Trike: a three-wheeled motorcycle that has not be dramatically customized
  • Vintage: a motorcycle at least 20 years old
  • Rat: a bike made from several machines and kept on the road using as cheap as possible and painted matt black

Motorcyclists and non-enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the bike show at Pier Park, looking at customization and fine engineering!  Drive safe!

 

This Weekend in PCB – Thunder Beach, Oktoberfest, and Murder Mystery

This coming fall weekend promises to be another full one in Panama City Beach.  The Autumn Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally is coming to the beaches from Wednesday till Sunday, Downtown Panama City is celebrating Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday, and there will be a Murder Mystery Cruise.

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally

September 27th – October 2nd

Wednesday will start the Annual Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally, with Kick-off parties at The Sandpiper Beacon Resort, The Shores of Panama, and Pineapple Willies.  (Officially, the rally doesn’t begin till the 28th.)  This year’s event will include Miss Thunder Beach and Mrs. Thunder Beach pageants, poker runs, memorial parades, and a custom bike show.  Please see Thunder Beach website for a detailed listing of this weeks festivities.

Oktoberfest

September 30th-October 1st

Friday and Saturday in the Downtown area of Panama City, the Annual Oktoberfest will transform the area into a quaint village in Germany.  Visitors to the event should expect to see carnival rides, accordions, sausage eating contests,  and more.  As one would expect, there will be plenty of musical stylings, including polka music.  Keeping children busy with rides, clowns, and face-painting the festival will also be occupying adults with a wide selection of beers.  There will be Omm-Pah-Pah concerts and ceremonial keg tapping!

Murder Mystery Cruise

September 30th

This coming Friday evening The Betsy Ann Riverboat Cruise will be hosting a Murder Mystery Cruise.  Taking off at 6:30pm from the Sun Harbor Marina at the base of the Hathway Bridge, The Betsy Ann Riverboat will return at 8:30pm.  The price is $38.95 per person and $26.95 for children 5-12 years old.  The cruise promises to send you back in time to learn the history of steam paddle wheel boats and when the original Hathaway Bridge was built.

Have fun this weekend exploring Panama City Beach and please “look twice- save a life” of a motorcyclist!

 

Action Packed Biker-Friendly Week [Schedule]

The most biker-friendly free rally in the USA is coming to the beaches of Panama City this week: September 28th – October 2nd.  Complete with parties, beauty pageant’s, live music, entertainment, a memorial parade, and thousands of gorgeous motorcycles, this is sure to be a weekend to remember.  Here is a look at some of the events scheduled for this fall’s Thunder Beach!

Kick-Start Party at the Shores of Panama

Starting with the Kick-start Party at the Shores of Panama at 6pm on the 28th, Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally will be in PCB.  The Kick-start party will feature live music from Geneva, and at 7pm the preliminary round of the Miss Thunderbeach 2011 Autumn Rally beauty contest will begin.  There will be a Kick-start After Party at 9pm at Pineapple Willy’s, including free snacks – while they last.  There will be live music from Jacobs, Brock and Brews.

Miss Thunder Beach 2011 Autumn Rally

Throughout the week, ladies 18 and up, will have the opportunity to compete for a $5,000 prize and the title of Miss Thunder Beach 2011 Autumn Rally.  The first preliminary will be held at the Kick-Start Part at 7:00pm on September 28th at Shores of Panama.  The Second round will be held Thursday, September 29th, at 7:00pm at HammerHead Fred’s.  The winner and runner’s-up will be announced at the end of the final round, Friday the 30th at Hooters at 7:00pm.  There will also be a Ms. Thunder Beach competition, Saturday October 1st at the Shoppes at Edgewater.

Poker Runs and The SGT Kevin Kight Memorial Bike Parade

There will be three poker runs: Thursday at Pineapple Willy’s, Friday at Rock’it Lanes, and Saturday at Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant and Tiki Bar.  Registration for each poker run will be at 12 pm on its respective day.  On Saturday October 1st at 10:00am, the SGT Kevin Kight Memorial Bike Parade will begin at the Southwest corner of R. Jackson Blvd and Middle Beach Road.  The parade will benefit Cops for Kids, and any canned food donations will be given to local food banks.

The Best of Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show

Also on October 1st, will be the Best of Thunder Beach Custom Bike Show held in Pier Park.  Registration will begin at 10:00am, judging is scheduled for 12:00pm, and the aware presentation will be at 5:00pm.  Classes for judging are American Mild, American Wild, Metric Wild, Sportbike Mild, Sportbike Wild, Manufactured Custom, Radical, Bobber, Bagger Mild, Bagger Wild, Trike Mild, Trike Wild, Vintage Stock, Vintage Modified, and Rat. There is $15,000 in prize money and gift certificates available to winners.

The Nick Lee World Burnout Tour and The Ives Brothers Stunt Show

The Nick Lee World Burnout Tour will be making a few appearances to the rally also; with appearances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 12:30pm and 3:30pm at Frank Brown Park.  The Ives Brothers Stunt Show will be at Frank Brown Park those three days at 12:00pm, 3:00pm, and 6:00pm to entertain the crowds as well.

 

Bike Week on Panama City Beach, Day 4

Saturday was the last day of Bike Week, for me at least.  There were still venues open and bikers abound yesterday, but since it was Sunday and I was completely worn out, I stayed home with the fam.

Saturday was crazy busy, although it seemed like there were more bikers on the road than at the venues.  Riding around, it seemed like there were bikers everywhere.  Talking to a friend yesterday, he said that it seemed like everywhere he looked, there weren’t just a few bikers, but several packs of bikers – streetside, hanging out, at gas stations, etc.

Talking to several local businesses, many thought this year was actually up from last year’s fall rally.  If anyone has any quantifiable evidence to exactly how many people were here, please share!  In the future, we’ll have to figure out how to make a count – I know that it hasn’t been figured out yet.

I spoke to the camp site across from La Vela, and they said they were busier than last year, but were unsure if it had something to do with more people wanting to camp because it was cheaper.  Talking to vendors, I was told that sales were way up.  Apollo Choppers sold 7 bikes!  Ms. Newby’s had motorcycles parked all the way down Thomas Drive almost to where Red Rose is and Ruthy T’s used to be.

Check below for pics, and comment on the fun you had over the weekend!!

Bike Week on Panama City Beach, Day 2

I didn’t have the pleasure of spending much time out and about this afternoon, but I was out tonight.  As always, Ms. Newby’s was slammed.  I had the great pleasure of meeting John McVeigh, who said business was good.  There were people (and bikes) everywhere.

The weather was cool, and even almost cold riding a motorcycle, but the days have been absolutely gorgeous and clear.

It’s hard to say yet if the numbers are down from last year, but many are predicting they will be.  With the current state of the economy and fuel prices, it is expected that many bikers stayed home.

I stopped by La Vela to find I just missed Kelly and The Healers.  I’ll catch them tomorrow.  Everything was slowing down by 9 pm, except the bars, of course.  Edgewater was dead, but I did have the opportunity to see the Dan Lawson Band and the young Patrick jam it out.

Salty’s was busy with some pretty sweet bikes out front, one had a Jack Daniels bottle built into the take, cool.

Tomorrow should be a blast, I’ll have more time to visit the venues and check everything out.