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A mug of tea to a lost finger: Stephen Davison's favourite photographs of racing legend Joey Dunlop

 

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Just Joey: The man himself having a well-earned cuppa

Just Joey: The man himself having a well-earned cuppa

Just Joey: The man himself having a well-earned cuppa

Why was Joey Dunlop so good? What was it that made this most ordinary of men so extraordinary?

Read any history of the Isle of Man TT, the world's greatest and most dangerous road race, and you will find dozens of tales of what might have been had poor weather, injuries, breakdowns or a multitude of other forms of ill fortune not got in the way.

Joey wasn't immune to these twists of fate. In his early days there was never enough money. His bikes weren't always the fastest and sometimes they broke down. He lost some of his closest friends in terrible crashes.