Bike Week: Start your engines
The 2013 installment of the annual Grand Strand Spring Motorcycle Rally, or Myrtle Beach Bike Week as itís more commonly known, is almost upon us.
The event will officially kick off today and run through May 19.
Early predictions indicate that we should expect an increase in attendance from recent years, but not to the record levels of the early 2000s.
During this time, it is of course vital that both the two wheeled and four-wheeled motorists in the Murrells Inlet area exercise extreme caution and share the roadways.
Bike Week events are scheduled throughout the entire Grand Strand from Shallotte, N.C. and south through Georgetown.
The center of Bike Week activities on the South Strand will, as usual, be located at the north end of Highway 17 business in Murrells Inlet by the Beaver Bar and S.B.B Original.
Expect traffic congestion and delays when traveling through that area. Also expect significant delays on Highway 17 Bypass by S.B.B Four Corners and Inlet Square Mall.
As usual, there is no shortage of events planned in the area.
You can expect to see everything from live music and hot dog eating contests to pro wrestling on the docket for this years rally.
S.B.B Original kicks things off on tonight with live music from Shoehorn and Motley Crue tribute band Mostly Crue.
Other musical events lined up include Power Born Rebellion, Mafia and Joe Santanaís Kingfish.
Also on Sunday morning on the 11th and 19th S.B.B will host itís popular drive-up church services, which allow bikers the option to attend an outdoor worship service without even leaving their bike seat.
Also, expect beer and liquor companies to be out and about giving away free samples and other gifts.
The S.B.B Four Corners location, which was recently sold to a Murrells Inlet development group, will be celebrating itís last spring rally.
The group has plans to demolish and redevelop the property by early 2014.
The popular Bike Week destination had been on the market for several years.
For its last year in operation the venue will offer a wide range of events.
Musical acts lined up include Lonesome Few, Broken Arrow, a popular Rolling Stones tribute band U.S. Stones, and an AC/DC Tribute band High Voltage.
The $100 Hot Pipes contest, which judges the sound produced from the bikes engines from past years returns.
Several $100 hot dog eating contests will be held throughout the week.
Pro wrestling events will be held on both weekends.
Harley Davidson stunt shows and the ever popular ďCrapper Drags,Ē relay races which feature Harleys towing portable toilets will also feature prominently.
Beaver Bar will as always be hosting a large number of vendors and events. Their musical lineup for the week is extensive, including among others Josh Brannon, Shoot to Thrill, Potato Heads, Sweetwater and Rebel Son.
Police are expected to be out in force along the entire Grand Strand. Checkpoints could materialize in an effort to deter drunk driving and avoid unnecessary tragedy.
As stated before, all motorist should be both alert and courteous in order to allow for a fun week for both bikers and locals throughout the area.
By Rich Crook
For the Times
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