SponsorS/Partners

 For ten years the Gulf Coast Powerboat Association (GCPA) has enjoyed producing the exciting Thunder on the Gulf Powerboat

 Races in Orange Beach, Alabama.  Since we are a non-profit organization, your Sponsorships are VITAL to the success of this   

 event.  Through our Partnerships we have developed strong community ties.  Because of the generosity of our past Sponsors, the 

 GCPA has been able to donate over $127,500 to community charities.  There are many ways for your Company to get involved.

 At any sponsorship level, the GCPA is committed to promoting and delivering the highest level of RETURN ON INVESTMENT for all  

 of our Sponsors.  Every Sponsor Package is custom fitted to meet your Corporate needs. 

 For more information please contact: info@thunderonthegulf.com

 "Thunder ON THE GREEN" Golf Tournament - CRAFT FARMS GULF SHORES, AL

 This tournament will benefit Mary's Shelter Gulf Coast, a caring home for homeless adult pregnant women who choose life for

 their unborn child.  For more information visit: www.maryssheltergulfcoast.org or Facebook:  www.facebook.com/MarysShelterGC

 "Thunder on the Greens" will take place at the beautiful Craft Farms Golf Course in Gulf Shores, AL on Friday, August 15, 2014. 

 Registration and check in begins at 9:15 with a shotgun start at 10:00 am. 

 Go to http://www.golfdigestplanner.com/25201-thunderonthegreens for more information and to make reservations.

 Not included  in VIP PACKAGES.


 Motorcycle Thunder Run - Benefiting USA CARES, Inc.

​ USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post 9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their

 families. They assist all branches of service, all ranks and components and treat all with privacy and dignity in appreciation for their

 service and sacrifice. They never charge fees nor accept repayment and rely on donations from private citizens, businesses and

 foundations for all funding.  H & D Cycles of Lillian, Alabama is sponsoring this event.  

 Go to http://www.hd-cycles.com/PhotosEvents/tabid/1132/AlbumID/2914-274/Default.aspx for more  information.  The Motorcycle Run will

 begin at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm starting at an area designated by H & D Cycles; ending at Race Village for the Bikini Contest. Not

 included  in VIP PACKAGES


 TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER TOURNAMENT 

Pensacola Greyhound Park Poker Room will host a fun night of Texas Hold'em Porker for those fans that want to take a chance to 

 win the JACKPOT.  The tournament will start at 6:00 pm.  For more information go to  http://pensacolagreyhoundtrack.com/PokerRoom  The Greyhound Park is located at Highway 98 West at Dog Track Road in West Pensacola:  

 951 Dog Track Road
 Pensacola, FL 32506

 Not included in VIP PACKAGES.

 Welcome Party - Flora-Bama Yacht Club

 Our Host for the Welcome Party is the newest addition to the Flora~Bama Family, the  FLORA~BAMA YACHT CLUB.  The club is 

 located across the street from the World Famous Flora~Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar.  This laid back club overlooks the sandy

 shores of Ole River.  Come and meet the Racers and enjoy live entertainment, hors d`oeuvres, and one wine/alcohol drink ticket

 for Platinum VIP and one beer drink ticket for VIP guests; cash bar after.  Everyone is invited to join the party from 4:00 pm until  6:00 pm!

 MARSHALL TUCKER CONCERT - Orange Beach Event center @ the Wharf

 MARSHALL TUCKER BAND Concert at Orange Beach  Event Center @ the Wharf.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Event center is  located at 4671 Wharf Parkway Orange Beach, AL 36561 Premier Seating is $45 + Tax, General Admission $20 + Tax.  Platinum  VIP's  general admission concert ticket is included in their  package.  However, Platinum VIP Pass holders can upgrade for $15 +  Tax.  Premier Seating and Upgrades are limited; first come, first served.  Online  purchased concert tickets will be available at

 the Flora~Bama Yacht Club from 4:00-6:00 pm, then at the Event Center from 6:30 pm until the doors close. Cash bar only.

 http://marshalltucker.com/   https://www.facebook.com/themarshalltuckerbandOpening Act - Whyte Caps

If you didn't get enough of Whyte Caps, join us at Island Time Daiquiri @ The Wharf,our Official After Concert Party Host; they

are going to ROCK THE HOUSE and finish out the night!


 Thunder on the Gulf Race Orange Beach, AL 

 Welcome Race Fans!  Thunder on the Gulf is a family-friendly event that can be viewed from the beautiful sandy beaches of 

 Orange Beach - God's Racetrack!  Pull up a beach chair, pop open your umbrella, kick off your sandals and ENJOY!  Viewing the

 Races beachfront is FREE to the public. If you prefer, you can check out our VIP Packages which offer a designated area, lunch

 buffet and cool drinks.  As a Platinum VIP, you will watch the race in the comfort of a penthouse located 29 floors above the race

 course in the luxurious Turquoise Place.  Our VIP  Package affords you the opportunity to view the races up close and personal

 from a tent on the beach, located in front of the Island House Hotel.  Either way, enjoy the festivities as an Official Very Important

 Person (VIP)!!!  Passes are available for purchase  under the VIP Package tab.  Platinum VIP passes are limited; don't miss out.

 VIP areas open at 11:00 am; races begin at  1:00 and 3:00 pm. Platinum VIP's will receive two free drink tickets for wine and

 alcohol; cash bar after.  VIP's will receive  two drink tickets for beer, cash bar after.  Water and sodas are free. 

 

 RACE VILLAGE - Plaza de luna, Downtown Pensacola

 Super Boats on display.  Meet the Race Teams!  This year will be chalked full of excitement! There will be Live Entertainment all

 day while you shop with our fantastic vendors. Come enjoy watching the big crane splash these huge Super Boats into the water  as you sit port side sipping your favorite drink!  There is a one-time $5.00 entry fee for adults; children under 15 get in FREE. You will

 receive a wristband that will allow entry and reentry into Race Village for the duration of the weekend. Wristbands can be purchased at the Entrance

 to Race Village. You MUST have a wristband to reenter.  Race Village opens at 10:00 am - 'til on Saturday and 10:00 am - 5:00 pm on Sunday.

 Launching and testing will be held from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Come to Race Village and watch the boats being lifted by a crane and  lowered into the Wet Pits.  It is pretty darn cool!  Make sure you check the Event Schedule frequently for updates. 


​ Vendors

 Over the past 10 years we have had every type of artist vendor imaginable: Fine Art, Jewelry, Arts & Crafts, Retail and Commercial Vendors. This

year is no exception!  We have many talented artists will setup their tents in Race Village but, we are always looking for more

talented, creative Vendors to make this the best event ever.  Vendor Space is 10’X10’ and 10’X20’. Limited electricity is available.

Setup will be Friday August 22nd at Race Village beginning at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Race Village will be open to the public

Saturday, August 23rd 10:00 am 5:00 pm and Sunday August 24th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Click theVendor Sign-up page

 to register and purchase your space.  There are two ways to pay for space: our convenient PayPal Button located on the

Vendor Sign-up page or by sending a cashier's check to: Gulf Coast Powerboat Assn P.O. Box 2229 Orange Beach, AL 36561.

Vendor Request forms and payment MUST be completed NLT August 12th to reserve your space. Vendors MUST have proper

licenses and certificates required for your operation and proof of insurance. See Terms of Agreementon the Vendor Sign-up tab.

Our demographic for this event is men and women from ages 25-55 and their children.


 Food Vendors

  •  If cooking is being done with an open‐flame, a officially certified (by the Pensacola Fire Department), rechargeable, and up‐to‐  date fire extinguisher must be present within each food vendor space.  That is, each food vendor must have their own fire  extinguisher in an easily accessible place.
  •  If a propane tank is in use, it must be secured in an upright position.  The tank may be secured by bungee cord or rope in a  fixed upright position, or it may be placed in a milk crate or similar box with a blat bottom to prevent tipping. Additionally, all types of fuel in cylinder containers (like helium) must be secured in this manner.
  • No open‐flame cooking may occur under any tent.
  • Proper containment and disposal of cooking waste (that is waste water, grease, etc.) must be adhered to. It is the event organizers responsibility to insure that vendors comply to local, State, and Federal containment and disposal regulations. It is the  responsibility of the event organizer to insure that proper containers for the collection and disposal of cooking grease are available at the event site.
  • Contact the Fire Marshall with questions about outdoor cooking
  • The Health Department and the State of Florida issues permits and certificates regarding proper food handling and food ​vending at events.

 Live Entertainment

 Aug 23  Strickly Isbell takes the Race Village Stage from 12:00 pm - 2:00 and Wright Side of Wrong shakes

 it up from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm then 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm after the Bikini Contest. see Event Schedule for more  information.  Whyte Caps will play on our Downtown Stage after the Boat Parade.

 Miss Flora`bama shootout Bikini Contest - Race Village

 The first ever Miss Flora~Bama Shootout Bikini Contest will be held on the Entertainment Stage at Race Village on Saturday

 afternoon August 23rd at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Winning Contestants will receive cash prizes.  Contestants must arrive NLT 2:00

 pm for registration. The winner needs to be able to attend our VIP Party on Sunday August 24th arriving NLT 12:00 pm,

 located at Plaza de Luna, downtown Pensacola.

 Boat Parade / Block Party - Downtown Pensacola

 Let's give the Race Teams a warm Southern welcome.  Make sure you join us Saturday evening at 5:30 pm, as the giant Super

 Boats parade from Race Village to Garden St. and down Palafox St., where they will PARK for a jammin’ Block Party!  The

 Street Party will begin at 7:00 pm - 11: 00 pm featuring Live Entertainment as Race Fans and Race Teams alike meet all of our

 downtown Merchants.  To top the evening off there will be a FIREWORKS DISPLAY compliments of the Blue Wahoos! Boat Parade

 leaves Race Village N. on Jefferson St., turns W. on Garden St. and S. onto Palafox where they will park for the duration of the

 party!

 Parking

 For a complete list of Pensacola Parking options, please click on the Race Maps tab and you will find a map of all city parking

 within a designated walking distance. Orange Beach, parking is up to the individual.  A shuttle will be provided for VIP's from TBD  

 to the Island House VIP Tent and the Turquoise Place. There is no parking for unregistered guests at the Island House Hotel or

 Turquoise Place.

 ThunderRun Grand Prix Super Boat Races, Pensacola, FL - PENSACOLA BAY

 You will not want to miss the INAUGURAL ThunderRun Super Boat Grand Prix Championship on August 24th, a family-friendly event that can be  viewed from the shores of Pensacola Bay at Maritime Park.  Do not forget to bring your lawn chairs, umbrella, or what ever makes you comfortable.

 The public is also welcome to view the races from their favorite restaurant/bar, Nick's Boat House.  At our exciting VIP Tent located at Plaza de

 Luna, there will be a catered buffet lunch and a private bar.  Feel like a VIP's and view the races from Jaco’s Bar and Grill which, is also located at

 Plaza de lunaVIP passes can be purchases by clicking on the VIP Package tab.  VIP Areas are open at 11:00 am.  Races Begin at 1:00 pm and  3:00 pm.  Platinum VIP's will receive two free drink tickets for wine and alcohol; cash bar after. VIP's will receive two drink tickets for  beer, cash  bar after. Water and sodas are free.  Viewing the Races in the Pensacola Bay at Maritime Park is FREE to the Public.  Bring your chairs, blankets, umbrellas, whatever makes you comfortable.  (NO COOLERS OR TENTS IN MARITIME PARK)

 ThunderRun Super Boat Grand Prix Awards Ceremony 

 The Awards Ceremony and the Flora~Bama Super Boat Grand Prix Trophy presentation will begin at 6 pm, at Seville Quarter in

 Downtown Pensacola.  Let's show our appreciation for what they do.  Come cheer on the  Racers for a JOB WELL DONE! Everyone

 is invited!!! 



 



The Gulf Coast Powerboat Association and the famousFlora~Bama are ready to ROCK THE LIQUID RACE COURSE!!!  We are proud to announce the exciting 2014 Event Schedule.  Fans of all ages can expect to look back at this year's races as the most memorable in our POWERBOAT RACING history. 


Our races will be held in two locations: The 11th Annual Thunder on the Gulf in beautiful Orange Beach, Alabama, on August 22 and the Inaugural ThunderRun Super Boat Grand Prix, at Plaza de Luna in historic downtown Pensacola, Florida, on August 24.  Both locations are within a short driving distance for easy access to both races, festivities, and  Lodging  accommodations.


Once again Super Boat International, led by former Super Boat Racer, John Carbonell of Key West, Florida, and the premier sanctioning body of offshore powerboat racing will produce the 2014 races in Orange Beach and Pensacola. The World Famous Flora-Bama will host an historic Welcome Race Fans Party for all Locals, Race Fans, and Teams at the Flora~Bama Yacht Club on Thursday, August 21st. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO GET THE PARTY STARTED!!!

EVENT INFORMATION