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Born: February 25, 1952, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland
Died: July 2, 2000, Tallinn, Estonia
Cause of death: Motorcycle crash.
Notable because: Great racer of motorcycles, won 26 races at the Isle of Mann TT.
Joey Dunlop was a world champion motorcyclist, best known for road racing. In 2005 he was voted the fifth greatest motorcycling icon in history by Motorcycle News. His achievements include three hat-tricks at the Isle of Man TT meeting (1985, 1988 and 2000), where he won 26 races in total. During his career he won the Ulster Grand Prix 24 times. In 1986 he won a fifth consecutive Formula One world title.
He was awarded the MBE in 1986 for his services to the sport, and in 1996 he was awarded the OBE for his humanitarian work for children in Romanian orphanages. Dunlop would often load up his race transporter and deliver clothing and food to the trouble spots of Bosnia and Romania. His humanitarian work was often done without drawing attention
Dunlop's younger brother Robert was also killed while racing in the sport in 2008. The Dunlop brothers have also won a record number of races at the North West 200. On 4 July 2006, Dunlop was posthumously awarded an honorary Doctorate of the University (D.Univ) from the University of Ulster in Coleraine, which was accepted on his behalf by his son, Gary. His brother Robert also received an honorary Doctorate of the University. Joey was a family man first and foremost in his life who was married to his childhood sweetheart Linda and had five children: Julie, Donna, Gary, Richard and Joanne. All of his children still work in the world famous Joey's Bar in Ballymoney which has two of Joey's superbikes hanging from the ceiling.
Joeys Record of wins.
Isle of Man TT.
Jubilee Classic. 1980 Classic. 1983 -F1. 1984 -F1. 1985 -F1, 250cc, Senior. 1986 -F1. 1987 -F1, Senior. 1988 -F1, 250cc, Senior. 1992 -125cc. 1993 -125cc. 1994 -125cc,250cc. 1995 -250cc,Senior. 1996 -125cc, 250cc. 1997 -250cc. 1998 -250cc. 2000 - Formula 1, 250cc, 125cc.
Other Major Wins.
Ulster Grand Prix - 24. North West 200 - 13. Killinchy 150 - 22. Dundrod 150 - 2. Southern 100 - 32.
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