by Kyle White
A fsscinating new documentary about Ulster motorcycle icon Joey Dunlop is set to be released on DVD in time for Christmas.
Produced by leading Northern Ireland film production company Waldovision Ltd, which brought fans two critically acclaimed BBC documentaries featuring the 26 times Isle of Man TT legend – 'Joey Dunlop – Remembered' and 'How The North West Was Won' – the new film includes unseen material and additional footage that was cut from the previous television programmes.
The exciting release, entitled 'No Ordinary Joe', includes tributes from Joey's wife Linda and family members plus John McGuinness, Steve Parrish, commentator Richard Nichols, Phillip McCallen, Eddie Laycock, Hector Neill, Barry Symmons and Brian Reid.
Never-before-published pictures of the Ballymoney hero, provided from his family's private collection, have also been included in the documentary, which runs for almost 90 minutes.
Directed and produced by brothers Alwyn and Colin James of Waldovision Ltd, 'No Ordinary Joe' also includes archive footage of Joey – who was tragically killed at Tallinn in Estonia in 2000 – competing at the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and national road races in the Republic of Ireland.
Insightful interviews with Joey, which have never been broadcast before, plus footage of a trip to the Kushitani factory in Japan – where Joey's leather designs are still retained – make this DVD a must-have for all fans of one of Northern Ireland's most popular and celebrated sportsmen.
"Also among the new material is exclusive footage from the Thanksgiving service held in Joey's memory at Garryduff Presbyterian Church," Alwyn Jones told Crash.net
, "plus personal photographs taken by former Motorcycle News photographer Derek McIntyre of Joey on the continent at work and play."
Presented and narrated by the BBC's Stephen Watson and endorsed by the Dunlop family as the only official DVD of Joey's life, the documentary will be on sale from mid-December from Duke Marketing and the Official Joey Dunlop website.