Since his tragic death in 2000, Joey Dunlop has become a road racing icon around the world, but for his fans he was already a legend.
This archive film, previously only available on VHS, takes us back the day when Joey cemented his place in TT history with his 15th TT win, becoming the most successful rider in the event’s history.
As he smashed through the record then held by Mike Hailwood, no one could have predicted he would race on with massive success around the Mountain course to claim a still unbeaten 26 TT wins before he lost his life racing in Estonia.
His victory in the 1993 125cc TT confirmed his legendary status, and led to this fascinating programme being put together in tribute to his amazing achievement.
It features archive race footage form the TT and Ulster Grand Prix from 1985 through to 1993, with action from Senior, Formula 1, Junior and Two Stroke races throughout the period.
We witness Joey take his 5th TT win, just days after narrowly escaping disaster when his boat to the Isle of Man sank, and every other victory right through to his record-breaking 15th triumph.
In addition to a feast of race action from the TT and Ulster, there’s footage from the final round of the 1987 Formula 1 World Championship at Donington and rare footage of Joey’s Manx Grand Prix debut in 1993, racing in the 350cc/250cc Classic event.
Importantly, the programme includes a specially-filmed interview with Joey in which he reveals his first impressions of the TT Mountain course, what his 5 World Championships really meant to him and his feelings on beating the record of the great Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood.
There are also rarely seen post-race interviews in which Joey reveals how he felt after the 1987 Senior TT, run in horrendous weather, how he considered himself too old to race on after win number 13 in 1988 and his disappointment of being forced to miss the TT due to injury.
Fascinatingly, Joey tells the programme, days after winning his 15th TT, that retirement could be an option. As history shows, Joey kept racing and 7 years later, aged 48, was still winning on the Mountain course.
Since his death, there have been many programmes made in tribute to Joey Dunlop - this one celebrated his legend during his lifetime.