Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Joey and Robert Dunlop: kings of the road

Published 12/05/2010

Joey Dunlop motorbike ace at his home.
Joey Dunlop motorbike ace at his home.
Joey Dunlop
Robert Dunlop
Joey Dunlop
Robert Dunlop in a picture taken shortly before his death with (from left) sons Daniel, Michael and William
Joey Dunlop pictured in 1993
The Joey Dunlop memorial in Talinn
Michael Dunlop chats to his father Robert on the grid moments before the start of the North West 200 practice session t in which Robert was killed.
The late Joey Dunlop's wife ,Linda outsideJ oey's bar in Ballymoney
Robert Dunlop
Robert Dunlop races around the Ulster Grand Prix Circuit
May Dunlop reads the inscriptions on her son Robert's memorial which was unveiled in the Robert Dunlop Memorial Garden in Ballymoney. 2010
Robert Dunlop
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 (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
Robert 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
Thousands of fans attended motorbike ace Joey Dunlop's funeral today at Garryduff, Ballymoney. July 2000
Joey & Robert Dunlop 1991
26/04/08. Royal Hotel Cookstown 100 Races. Lightweight 125cc Race. Robert Dunlop.
Robert and Joey Dunlop
Joey and Robert Dunlop
Robert Dunlop, centre, helps carry his brother Joey's coffin.
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
Robert and Joey Dunlop
Robert Dunlop on his way to an emotional victory in the 125cc class at the Ulster Grand Prix.

Joey and Robert Dunlop hold a special place in motorcycling folklore.

In 2005 Joey was voted the fifth greatest motorcycling icon ever by Motorcycle News.

He was probably the only motorcycle ace to almost drown on his way to the Isle |of Man TT. In 1985 he was aboard a small boat — the Tornamona — sailing from Strangford with several bikes and equipment when it sank after striking a rock. Divers later recovered the bikes

To mark his incredible TT achievements, the most successful overall rider at the Isle of Man races each year is awarded the Joey Dunlop Cup

Statues of Joey were erected in his home town of Ballymoney and also on the Isle of Man circuit

And he was commemorated in song by Northern Ireland band Therapy? The track Joey appeared on the album Shameless.

You can purchase pictures of the Dunlop brothers at our digital photosales site

Robert then began a record breaking run at the Cookstown 100, where his first win came in the 1985 250cc race. Riding an ECM, he averaged 88.57mph to take the chequered flag ahead of Gary Cowan (EMC) and Noel Hudson (Rotax). His most successful year was 1987 when he scooped the prestigious “Man of the Meeting”, winning 125cc, 350cc and 1000cc races. Four more 125cc victories followed in 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1993; a total of eight victories in the event.

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