Burapha Bike Club revs Pattaya tourism

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The Burapha Bike Week rolled again into the Eastern National Sports Stadium in Jomtien Beach, drawing fewer motorcycle enthusiasts than last year, but still generating more than 20 million baht for Pattaya.

The two-day “week” kicked off with the 17th’ “ride for peace” through the streets of Jomtien Beach and Pattaya. The project raises awareness about the importance of wearing helmets and promoting peace, unity and friendship among Thai and foreign bikers.

Makes one wonder how good the visibility is from inside this hot rod.Makes one wonder how good the visibility is from inside this hot rod.

Bikers started at the event venue, turned right toward Sukhumvit Road and proceeded north through the Thepprasit intersection, turning east on North Road. Riders continued down through the Dolphin Roundabout, down Beach Road to Bali Hai Pier and into Jomtien Beach and back to Soi Chaiyapruek 2.

Former Culture Minister Sonthaya Kunplome opened the Feb. 14-15 event with top area political, police and tourism officials attending. Burapha Motorcycle Club President Prasan Nikaji welcomed big bike clubs from Thailand and around the world, including Kazakhstan, Russia, Cambodia and Laos.

Look out below!  A paramotor pilots in for a landing.Look out below!  A paramotor pilots in for a landing.

The attendees sang the national anthem to respect HM the King and Queen and enjoyed fireworks.

The show drew more than 10,000 big bikes, American classic cars, classic choppers, motorbike stunts including off-road shows and hundreds of booths selling merchandises all night.

Patrons also enjoyed concerts from Micro, Tom Dandee and other leading artists. There was also cowboy, paramotor, off-road, parachuting, and extreme sports shows. Booths sold bikes, parts, security systems and other items.

It’s not a motorcycle, but it is a beautiful horse.It’s not a motorcycle, but it is a beautiful horse.

Skull and crossbones from top to bottom.Skull and crossbones from top to bottom.

Motorcycle stunt shows helped keep the atmosphere lively.Motorcycle stunt shows helped keep the atmosphere lively.

Would eccentric be the correct word for this entry?Would eccentric be the correct word for this entry?

A bit of the Wild West showed up during the weekend.A bit of the Wild West showed up during the weekend.

Chromed to the hilt.Chromed to the hilt.

Chaiyo!  A great day had by all.Chaiyo!  A great day had by all.

Getting ready to start the parade.Getting ready to start the parade.

A small section of riders taking part in the annual ride for peace through Pattaya.A small section of riders taking part in the annual ride for peace through Pattaya.

The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show.The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks show.

This little red hot rod certainly turned some heads.This little red hot rod certainly turned some heads.

Coyote dancers always draw a crowd.Coyote dancers always draw a crowd.