Vroooom, Vrooooom, Vrooooooom! Screeching tires, the smell of rubber in the air and the wind in my face as my Harley tears off up the streets. I'm surrounded by my brothers, all patched and riding out in procession from the club house. The traffic has stopped and everyone is just staring as we cruise by and I know what there all thinking 'How cool are those guys!' Ok the reality of the situation is slightly different but for a second there you actually thought I could write properly!!
As seems to be my running theme at the minute, this blog is a few days late, and by late I mean this whole thing happened 4 days ago! Thats a lifetime in todays digital age! Theres probably been several internet crazes that have been and gone in that time. I'm rambling arnt I. Thats because its been a long day and I used up all of my ideas on what to write in the opening paragraph!
Anyway, 4 days ago the Test Valley chapter of The Savages held a charity ride out for the day. This was for the Abel Foundation as its run by one of the club members. This was the same charity that was part of A Fest. As I said in that blog, go check them out and give them some love. They do incredible tireless work!
When I heard it was happening I thought, thats something different, I'll ask if I can shoot. Now I've tried to photograph the Savages a number of times in the past and been turned down, you know motorbike clubs and their privacy. Fair enough I always thought, I'm not going argue with a bunch of scary as shit bikers! Side note, there actually a really nice bunch of guys! Not the kind of guys you mess with but really nice and they do a hell of a lot for charity! This time though I was able to get permission to shoot the start of the event. There was talk of me coming along for the day on the back of a bike but no one had a spare seat and I didnt fancy following them around all day in my shitty car!
If you live in Andover you probably know all this already, you couldnt exactly miss 60 bikers in a car park! But for those not from round here, basicly they all met up in a car park behind the club house. I rocked up and went to check it was still ok for me to take some pictures. 'Sure, take as many pictures as you want of everything, just don't take any pics of these two guys, they don't like having their picture taken' Points at two HUGE Hells Angels. Yeah fair enough I think! I'm pretty shy at the best of times with new people, so being surrounded by that many bikers already had my anxiety on over drive! As usual I was worrying for nothing. Every biker I spoke to was so nice! They didnt seem bothered at all, in fact they wanted to make sure I had a pic of their bike specifically!
I'll summarise this a bit, I spent about half an hour taking pics of people and their bikes while they all chatted and caught up with each other. Then they had a briefing and then they all got ready to leave. At this point I legged it to the end of the road so they all had to ride past me! If you live in Andover you probably heard the noise but two outriders stopped in the middle of the road blocking traffic and then 60 bikers tore off down the street in procession. It was cool as Fuck!!! All the way home I just kept thinking, I want a motorbike! With my luck it would definitely end badly but I really want one! If anyone wants to teach me how to ride that would be awesome!!!
So there we go. I shot a whole event and edited it in the space of 3 hours. Thats a bloody miracle for me!! We'll skip over the fact its taken me 4 days to post the pics and focus on the positives. Ok now I've properly run out of things to say. Like, comment, subscribe, re post, retweet, write it on a balloon, print it out and put it on your bosses desk, paint it on your walls...you get the idea by now! I'm going to go dream about riding a motorbike and being one of the cool kids!! Peace!