The names of Joey and Robert Dunlop are engraved prominently in the history of motorcycling. Any motorcycling enthusiast who follows the motorcycling sport will sure have heard of these two names.
Motorcycles News has received fifth highest number of votes for the poll on All-time Greatest Motorcycling Icons for Dunlop brothers in 2005. Joey in fact was the only motorcyclist that has run risk of drowning while on board a small boat called the “Tornamona” to reach Isle of Man TT.
Such were the accomplishments of Joey Dunlop that Isle of Man has started awarding successful riders each year with the trophy dedicated in his name and called the “Joey Dunlop Cup”.
The respect and humility of Joey’s fans didn’t just rested at that and they have erected statutes of the speed rider in his hometown of Ballymoney as well as the Isle Of Man circuit.
The high points for Robert Dunlop in his motorcycling career took place in the Cookstown 100 race of 1985, where the rider has clocked an average speed of 88.57mph in the 250cc category. Robert was riding on an ECM in this race and left Gary Cowan (EMC) and Noel Hudson (Rotax) behind respectively. In 1987, the rider was at his prime and shocked everybody by registering victory in race formats like 125cc, 350cc, and 1000cc. He received the highly coveted “Man of the Meeting title” for achieving this rare feat. Robert also stood first in 125cc category for 1988, 1989, 1991 and 1993 and took his tally of total wins at the event to eight.
Source: Belfast Telegraph
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