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Classic TT: Dunlop to ride late father's Norton

Eleven-time Isle of Man TT winner will ride a Norton Rotary 588 previously raced by his late father Robert in a special parade lap at the Classic TT Races
Michael Dunlop will ride a Rotary Norton raced by his late father Robert in a special parade lap planned in memory of his uncle Joey at the Classic TT.

Dunlop, whose second successive four-timer this year at the Isle of Man TT lifted his haul of wins to 11, joins a host of star names in the parade, which will take place on Saturday, August 23 as a tribute to the legendary 26-time TT winner.

He will represent his father Robert in the procession, which includes 26 of Joey's greatest ever rivals.

The Rotary Norton is currently on display at the National Motorcycle Museum and has been overhauled by the man behind the machine – which hasn't been ridden in many years – Brian Crighton, in preparation for its return to the Isle of Man Mountain Course.

As well as participating in the parade lap, the bike will also be on display in the race paddock behind the grandstand during the Classic TT meeting.

The machine Dunlop will ride will be the same bike his father rode in 1990, notching a Norton double at the North West 200 and also finishing third in the Formula 1 TT later that same year.

Dunlop will complete the tribute to his father by wearing specially created replica leathers and helmet.

The bike will also appear at the VMCC's Festival Of Jurby on the Isle of Man on Sunday, August 24.

The first Rotary racer was the red, silver and blue RC588 with an air-cooled twin-rotor engine. Simon Buckmaster and Trevor Nation raced a scaled up version in 1988 to great success in the British Formula One Championship.

The John Player Special sponsorship in 1989, which saw Steve Spray scoop the F1 Championship that year, evoked Player Norton days of the Seventies and saw the new liquid-cooled RCW588 in its iconic black, grey and gold livery.



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