Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Riders pay their tribute to Joey Dunlop at the TT

Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop

It was a place he regarded as a second home and on the 10th anniversary of his death the roads around the Isle of Man reverberated to the roar of motorcycles in honour of Joey Dunlop.

A ride-out in memory of Joey, the most successful rider in the history of the Isle of Man TT Races, took place last night.

More than 100 bikers rode a lap of honour around the Snaefell Mountain Course, along which the ace sped to victory a record 26 times.

Each rider made a donation to the Joey Dunlop Foundation in a fitting tribute to a man who was coy about his many contributions to charity.

Just last month Joey’s widow Linda opened holiday accommodation for disabled children on the island paid for by the foundation set up in his name.

Other fans travelled to Estonia to pay their respects at a memorial stone close to the spot where he died.

Ironically, he was no stranger to Eastern Europe by the time he met his untimely end there in 2000.

Joey regularly loaded up his race transporter with food and clothing and drove across Europe to deliver this to the orphans of Romania, Bosnia and Albania.

He was also the inspiration for an injured rider’s fund in his name.

While he was most famous for his racing glory, it was mainly for his charity work for which he was twice honoured by Her Majesty the Queen, firstly with an MBE in 1986 and with an OBE ten years later.

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