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Joey Dunlop “King Of The Roads”


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The updated, anniversary edition of Joey Dunlop, King of the Roads is packed with new material, including a new introduction by Stephen Davison, a new chapter on the legacy of Joey Dunlop and previously unpublished photographs. His racing career began in 1969, and his yellow helmet and number 3 bike quickly became synonymous with high-octane wins. He was one of the most exciting riders the sport has ever seen, drawing huge crowds to the Isle of Man TT races and to every other course he raced. Joey received an MBE for his motorcycling prowess; his racing record remains unsurpassed: twenty-six wins in twenty-five years at the TT races, and five times World Champion.

The ‘King of the Roads’ died as he had lived: in an adrenaline rush. On 2 July 2000 he crashed during a race in the republic of Estonia. The death of Joey Dunlop triggered an unparalleled emotional response as the sporting world and his fans openly mourned his passing. His funeral in his home town of Ballymoney was attended by 50,000 people, and thousands more recorded their feelings for ‘Yer Maun’ in books of condolence set up throughout Ireland. In September 2000 thousands of residents and visitors turned out to pay tribute to their hero at the Isle of Man TT circuit, which he had dominated for so long. Fifteen years after his death Joey Dunlop is still revered as a motorcycling legend. He will not be forgotten.