‘Old boys have told us that we’ve re­stored their faith in the world’

Andy and Anna Porter are or­gan­is­ers of The Trip Out event, now in its sixth year

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“Some­one had to do it, be­cause there are a lot of peo­ple out there into the old school chop­per scene. We wanted the show to have a pe­riod feel in the spirit of the biker B-movies from the 60s and 70s, so we found a site and just started or­gan­is­ing it. We re­ally didn’t know what to ex­pect; the first one felt like our own party but now peo­ple come from all over the world! It’s quite a close-knit, un­der­ground scene, but The Trip Out isn’t ex­clu­sive or elit­ist in any way – ev­ery­one gets on and it’s got a great vibe.

“A lot of work and a lot of love goes into or­gan­is­ing it. We give away thou­sands of pounds worth of prizes as well as rais­ing funds for char­i­ta­ble causes. Last year we raised around £3k with al­most half of that go­ing to the Air Am­bu­lance. “Old boys have told us that by putting on The Trip Out we’ve re­stored their faith in the world. It’s un­be­liev­able; the presents we get, the cards, ev­ery­thing – peo­ple re­ally dig it you know? “It’s ace when they roll in on the Fri­day and you see bike after bike that you’d just love to take home. We’re so busy that there isn’t re­ally much of a chance to talk to any­one, but we love mak­ing peo­ple happy and when they come up to us on Sun­day af­ter­noon to say that it was the best week­end ever, well that just makes it all worth­while. “We’ve got a new site for next year, an old RAF base in Rendle­sham For­est where they had a UFO land­ing in the ’80s. It’s in the mid­dle of nowhere; one way in and one way out – it’s go­ing to be men­tal!”

‘We’ve got a new site – an air­base where they had a UFO land­ing’

ANDY AND ANNA PORTER

Andy is also a famed chop­per builder as Pa­coima Mo­tor­cy­cles

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