For motorcycle fans, Joey Dunlop is still akin to royalty. At the 50th anniversary of Honda's arrival at the TT, images of the modest Ulsterman still held pride of place throughout the Isle of Man. In this inspirational book, written in association with the Dunlop family and Honda UK and reissued to mark the tenth anniversary of Joey's death, Mac McDiarmid charts the life of the passionate road racer who competed for the love of the sport, whether at high-profile races or to promote humbler events such as the Estonian one that claimed his life in July 2000.
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The people's hero with little time for corporate ephemera, who worked on his own machines and liked a pint with his mates after racing. The man of honour who never signed contracts because his handshake was binding. The humanitarian, delivering aid to Albania, Bosnia and Romania - for which he received an OBE, to add to the MBE awarded for his racing. The family man, father of five, running a railway pub in County Antrim. The all-round legend, awarded what amounted to an Irish state funeral, televised live and attended by 50,000 well-wishers including cabinet ministers.
Mac McDiarmid, who witnessed Dunlop's first Isle of Man win in 1977, is a former TT racer and renowned writer about motorcycle racing, specialising in the TT.