Burapha Bike Week returns to indoor stadium Feb. 14-15

Friday, 31 January 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 5 By  Warunya Thongrod

Burapha Bike Week returns to the National Indoor Sports Stadium in Jomtien Beach Feb. 14-15, a year after organizers and Pattaya officials moved the biker event to the less congested Silverlake Vineyard.

Pattaya Permanent Secretary Pakorn Sukhonthachat met with former mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn and Burapha Motorcycle Club President Prasan Nikaji Jan. 20 to discuss logistics of the 17th annual event, which historically has created traffic nightmares for the Jomtien area.

Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (center) meets with former mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn (left) and Pattaya Permanent Secretary Pakorn Sukhonthachat (right), along with the planning committee to discuss next month’s Burapha Bike Week.Deputy Mayor Ronakit Ekasingh (center) meets with former mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn (left) and Pattaya Permanent Secretary Pakorn Sukhonthachat (right), along with the planning committee to discuss next month’s Burapha Bike Week.

Pakorn said he hopes to alleviate traffic problems by reserving three lanes of Soi Chaiyapruek 2 for vehicles entering the event from 6-10 p.m., with one lane left open for those leaving. After 10 p.m., the lanes will be reversed, with three lanes given to traffic exiting to Sukhumvit Road.

As usual, the two-day bike “week” will feature a “drive for peace” with 10,000 motorcyclists rolling through Pattaya for charity and to raise awareness about the need to wear helmets.

Prasarn said Drive for Peace, in its 17th year, is one of the top events in the world biker community and anchors a Thai celebration that also includes thousands of glider and remote-controlled aircraft enthusiasts, vintage car buffs and audiophiles as well as bike aficionados.

Riders from 10 countries in Asia and Europe are expected to attend.

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