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A historic anniversary for one of the big motorcycle rallies on the beach along Florida’s Emerald Coast.

Beach pier

The Spring Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.  That’s a milestone achievement for any motorcycle rally. For a rally to survive and grow for 20 years, it requires both a great location for motorcycle riding, and a lot of work to produce a quality event.

The rally is located in Panama City Beach, Florida, along what’s known as the Emerald Coast. Here’s a partial list of some of the events planned:

  • Thunder Beach Kick-Start party
  • Harley Davidson factory demo rides
  • Miss Thunder Beach pageant
  • Tim Dyson FMX Freestyle Moto-X Stunt Show
  • Sgt. Kevin Kight Memorial Bike Parade
  • Scenic ride benefiting veteran suicide prevention
  • Best of Thunder Beach custom bike show
  • Baddest Bagger contest
  • Motorcycle LED light show and contest
  • Men's and women's tattoo contest
  • Ms. Thunder Beach contest for ladies 35 and older
  • 2017 H-D FLSS Softail Slim bike giveaway
  • Bike wash on Friday and Saturday
  • Blessing of the bikes with CMA on Sunday
  • Live music all weekend

Six event venues

Most of the rally entertainment and events are located in downtown Panama City Beach and are a short ride apart, including:

  • Frank Brown Park
  • Pier Park
  • Harley-Davidson of PCB
  • Hammerhead Fred’s
  • The Boardwalk Beach Resort
  • Sharky's Beach Club
  • Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach is a resort community that promotes itself as having the "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches." The soft white sands of the beaches are actually quartz crystals, and the emerald-colored ocean of 72 degrees. That makes it both beautiful and comfortable for sunning and swimming. It’s also a nice way to take a break from riding and rallying.

Riding opportunities

The best part of riding to motorcycle rallies is the chance to explore different parts of the country. Early May on the Florida panhandle and the Gulf Coast region offers some good riding opportunities in a comfortably warm climate. Consider heading east and exploring the Apalachicola National Forest or ride west along the Gulf Coast. There’s a lot to see and plenty of southern hospitality to make your weekend memorable.

Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally
May 2-6, 2018
Panama City Beach, Florida

Thunder Beach® Productions, Inc.
PO Box 18259
Panama City Beach, FL 32417
Toll free: 888-396-1638
Office: 850-249-7627
Fax: 850-249-7630

Till next time ride safe!

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If you’re looking for more events and ride suggestions, check out our Events section.

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