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Fan makes stand to preserve Joey's legacy at Dundrod

By Robert Jones

Published 20/11/2015

Cheque mate: Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the UGP, with William Dunlop, Joey’s son Gary Dunlop and Russell Shiels
Cheque mate: Noel Johnston, Clerk of the Course at the UGP, with William Dunlop, Joey’s son Gary Dunlop and Russell Shiels

The late Joey Dunlop's legacy will live on at one of his favourite race tracks after a major fundraising effort.

Russell Shiels, of Russell Shiels Tyres, has been busy raising over £2,000 to go towards replacing the Joey Dunlop Grandstand on the Ulster Grand Prix circuit at Dundrod.

When Russell found out that the Dundrod & District Motorcycle Club were having to erect a new grandstand, he produced air fresheners depicting road racing legend Joey's famous yellow Arai racing helmet.

Shiels said: "I'm a massive Joey fan and I wanted to do something to help the Club towards the cost.

"For me, Joey was and still is a legend and I'm a keen collector of memorabilia from his career, including a replica of the Honda SP1 that he rode to his famous Senior TT victory in 2000.

"I knew that if it was a tribute to Joey then it had to feature the iconic yellow helmet that he wore throughout his career.

"Together with my wife Sharon - and with kind permission from Linda Dunlop (Joey's wife) - we decided to design and produce a mini replica of his famous yellow helmet in the form of an air freshener and we knew there would be strong demand from the road racing community and lots of interest from our customers passing through.

"It was a great success and although it is just one small gesture, we've been able to make a big donation thanks to all of the support we've received."

Linda Dunlop has also been playing her part in the fundraising drive.

Over £1,000 was added to the pot following a Night at the Races evening hosted by Linda at Joey's Bar in Ballymoney.

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