Linda Dunlop, wife of Joey Dunlop, has presented Kathleen Hartin, founder member of Armoy Road Races, with a Joey Dunlop Memorial Trophy for the fastest lap during the Race of the Legends race at the end of July.
Linda said: “I’m delighted on behalf of my family to be able to present this trophy to Kathleen and the Armoy Road Races. No-one knows better than me what Joey thought of Armoy.
“This was his backyard — this is where the Armoy Armada was born back in the 70s. Joey would be found far too often testing his bikes on the roads around Armoy.
“The early days saw the Armoy Armada and the Dromara Destroyers of Ray McCullough and Co, compete week in, week out across the country.
“For me Joey was a true legend and it is only right that the Armoy Road Races have this ‘Joey Dunlop Memorial Trophy’. I wish Kathleen and organiser Bill Kennedy a great year’s racing and pray that all will be safe.”
Kathleen Hartin said: “Linda and I discussed a memorial trophy many months ago and it is probably something that I should’ve acted upon a lot sooner.
“Joey was a great ambassador for the sport with over 25 years of racing. He is close to all our hearts in Armoy and he will never be forgotten but this way we are making sure of it.
“I can’t believe the generosity of Linda Dunlop and her family — I’m just over the moon and I can’t thank Linda enough.
“Joey is a true legend and for Armoy to have this trophy named in his memory is just fantastic — it means so much to the club.
“I can only imagine what it might be like to win the trophy for the fastest lap in the Race of Legends — but I do know it will be much sought after!”
For more information on the RiverRidge Recycling Race of the Legends, which is part funded by Northern Ireland Tourist Board, visit www.amrrc.com. Practice day racing is Friday, July 27 and Race Day is on Saturday, July 28.
- Tomorrow at the North West fans have a chance to meet riders from seven famous teams at a special ‘Meet and Greet’ from 1.00pm-3.00pm outside Coleraine Town Hall.
In attendance will be Bathams Kawasaki rider and NW200 regular Michael Rutter, Honda TT Legends duo Simon Andrews and John McGuinness as well as Padgetts Honda team members Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnston.
Also on hand to chat, sign autographs and pose for pictures will be KMR Kawasaki riders Ryan Farquhar, Jeremy McWilliams and Jamie Hamilton alongside Wilson Craig competitors Cameron Donald and William Dunlop who will be joined by William’s younger brother Michael.
Tyco Suzuki trio Alastair Seeley, Guy Martin and Conor Cummins complete the line-up.
Also present will be PSNI Bikesafe team members, NW200 marshals and charity partner Action for Medical Research.