Just Joey: The Joey Dunlop Story

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Biography of the late Irish motorcycle racing legend, Joey Dunlop, who won a record 26 Isle of Man TT races over the famous road circuit, as well as a host of other titles, during a 30-year career.

Joey Dunlop, ‘Yer Man’, as he was affectionately known, was a racing legend, adored by the Irish people. Born and raised in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, Dunlop started racing in 1969 on a 199cc Tiger Cub for which he paid £50. It was the beginning of a passion that would rule his life.

He was never more at home than competing in the famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races. His mastery of this treacherous course was total, and his passion for success mirrored that of his fans. In 1998 he arrived having crashed in the 100-mile Tandragree road race, breaking his pelvis and collarbone. Still, there was a race to be won and Dunlop duly took the lightweight TT by a margin of 47 seconds. His first two TT victories came on Yamahas, but Honda would be the ally from 1983, the plain yellow helmet a beacon to the supporters who idolised the Irishman. In all he took the chequered flag in 26 TT races, until his tragic death on 2 July 2000 while racing in Estonia.

There were honours off the bike too. In 1986 he was awarded an MBE for services to motorcycling. That was followed 10 years later by an OBE in recognition of his efforts transporting food and medical supplies to Romanian orphanages.

The Author has blended archive material and freshly conducted interviews with Joey’s friends, family and racing peers like Steve Hislop, Carl Fogarty and Roger Marshall to produce this book. The result is a balanced, revealing and passionate account of a genuine sporting hero.

Vom Verlag:

Joey Dunlop, or "Yer Man", as he was affectionately known to his vast number of fans, was a racing legend, adored by the Irish people. Born and raised in Ballymoney, County Antrim he was never more at home than competing in the famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy races. In all, he took the chequered flag in 26 Tourist Trophy races. He was tragically killed on 2 July 2000 while racing in Estonia. Dunlop started racing on a 199cc Tiger Cub for which, in 1969, he paid u50. It was the beginning of a passion that would rule his life. His first two TT victories came on Yamahas, but Honda would be the ally from 1983, the plain yellow helmet a beacon to the supporters who idolised the Irishman. His mastery of the treacherous Isle of Man course was total, and his passion for success mirrored that of his fans. In 1989 he arrived at the island on crutches ready to race, but the organizers gave a blank refusal. In 1998 he arrived in scarcely better shape - having crashed in the 100-mile Tandragree road race.

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