Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Riders pay their tribute to Joey Dunlop at the TT

Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop motorbike ace at his home.
Joey Dunlop pictured in 1993
Robert and Joey Dunlop
Thousands of fans attended motorbike ace Joey Dunlop's funeral today at Garryduff, Ballymoney. July 2000
The Joey Dunlop memorial in Talinn
The late Joey Dunlop's wife ,Linda outsideJ oey's bar in Ballymoney
Richard Mezza, owner of Belfast-based Bici motorbike accessories store and a devoted fan of Joey Dunlop visits the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum "King of the Roads" exhibition
Joey Dunlop motorbike ace. 17/08/1983.
Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop motorbike ace. 11/01/1986
Joey Dunlop
Thousands of mourners follow the coffin of racing legent Joey Dunlop at his funeral in Ballymoney. July 2000.
Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop : Motorcycling. Joey Dunlop at Strangford Harbour awaits news of the operation to fish out the bikes lost on Saturday night after the ferry he was on sank. 27/5/1985
Joey & Robert Dunlop 1991
Robert and Joey Dunlop
Joey and Robert Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Linda Dunlop, Joey Dunlop's wife, reads the list of Joey's victories that are engraved on the plinth in the Joey Dunlop Memorial garden that was opened in his home town of Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
Motorcyclist Joey Dunlop Gets Hero's Welcome June 2000. He and wife Linda Dunlop wave to well wishers on the roof of the open topped bus
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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