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Joey Dunlop tribute planned at 2014 Classic TT

26 November 2013

Isle of Man TT great Joey Dunlop will be honoured with a special tribute at the Classic TT Races in 2014.

The Ulsterman is still the most successful rider ever in the history of the event with 26 victories on the Mountain Course.

Dunlop was killed following a crash in Estonia in 2000, which occurred less than a month after he won his final three races at the TT at the age of 48 following a treble in the Formula One, 125cc and 250cc classes.

Entitled 'Joey Dunlop - Road Racing Legend', the Classic TT weekend will celebrate Joey's achievements at the TT in addition to his five Formula One World Championship crowns and his success on the Irish roads.

The Isle of Man Government's Department of Economic Development is working with Joey's family to curate an exhibition of his racing machines, which will be put on free display in the paddock through the Classic TT, which will have an eighties theme.

There will also be a parade lap sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company featuring Joey's 26 biggest career rivals, including many of his leading fellow competitors from the Formula One World Championship and his opponents from the Irish road races.

Trevor Hussey, Head of Motorsport, Isle of Man Government Department of Economic Development, said: “There seems to be an unwritten rule that Classic Racing is just pre-1960s machines but we are looking to change that with the Classic TT.

“The 1980s not only gives us a rich motorcycling theme but was also a strong cultural decade and we will look to really expand on that.

“It also gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to one of the greatest names in the TT's long history and we are really keen to develop an appropriate celebration of Joey Dunlop's racing career as his name is synonymous with the TT races.”

The Classic TT weekend will again feature two race days on Saturday, August 23 and Monday, August 25, when the programme again includes Formula One and Formula Two machines, a 350cc race and the 500cc event.

The popular Festival of Jurby will again take place on Sunday, August 24.


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