- A Big Star amongst Legends
by Bruce Robinson
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This NEW limited edition print by Bruce Robinson was
launched at Joey's Bar on 17th May 2013 .
By artist, Bruce Robinson, it shows
Joey racing past Kate’s Cottage (Kepple Gate) and
Creg Ny Baa on his way to winning the Formula One TT Race
in 2000. It's a fairy tale TT victory painting of Joey's
year 2000 victory with a crowd featuring key figures from
the Joey Dunlop story.
The edition is limited to 1000 prints of which
900 will be for sale with the remaining 100 to be given
to those depicted in the painting or to a relative where
applicable; and also to charitable/biking organisations.
It is approved by Linda Dunlop and approved by the TTRA.
A percentage of the proceeds from the sale
of each print will go to the Dunlop family, The Joey Dunlop
Foundation, TTRA, the Garryduff Presbyterian church where
Joey is buried and Christian Motorcyclists Association.
The original was in oil on canvas. The print
is on linen textured paper, individually signed and numbered
by the artist. The print will also come with a Key to the
figures that may be framed with the print; or framed separately
or stuck to the back of the frame.
600mm x 540mm
Prints will be dispatched in
a cardboard tube with plastic end caps.
£10 to post within the
UK - Next Day Delivery (if posted before 12 noon).
£13 to post to Europe - 3 to 5 Days International
Signed For Delivery.
£15 anywhere else - 5 to 10 Days International Signed
Grateful thanks are extended to Stephen
Davison (Pacemaker Press International) for kind permission
to use photographic reference material.
for purchasing the print are:
1. Directly from Joey's
Bar, Seymour Street, Ballymoney, County Antrim,
2. On-line via Biker-Gifts
Following initial education at the High School
and then The Academy in Omagh, Bruce attended Art Foundation
in Liverpool. He gained his Honours Degree in Fine Art with
English and Drama from the University of Nottingham. Subsequently
he qualified as a teacher of Art and English with a Post
Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of
Ulster in Coleraine. After a successful career focused on
adult learning and development that culminated with him
running a company in Oman, he has returned home to pursue
his love of painting. He specialises in 'figures and the
environment' and tends to work mostly with oils. Yet, he
is always interested in learning new skills and is currently
focusing on his drawing ability using the metal point technique
favoured by the old masters.
His love of racing and admiration for the road racing legends
is borne out of the fact that Northern Ireland is blessed
with having so many top quality racing events at hand and
also with the Isle of Man being so close. Growing up with
the North West was a fact of life where it was among the
highlights to be looked forward to each year to watch a
host of personalities put on a great show. Of these Joey
was extra special in many ways. As such it was pretty special
for Bruce to complete the initial painting and gain the
endorsement of Mrs Linda Dunlop. He is looking forward with
anticipation to a successful print launch from Joey’s
Bar and hopes that many folk will enjoy the work for many
years to come. In their own way it is hoped that the paintings
will add to the ever growing tribute to a sporting hero
and true legend.
LEGENDS IN THE CROWD
1. Willie Dunlop
2. May Dunlop – Mother.
3. Michael Dunlop – Nephew
(Robert’s son) and road racer. 3 Times winner of the
4. Robert (The Mighty Micro)
Dunlop – Brother and Competitor. 5 Times winner of
the TT and record setting 15 Times Winner of the North West
5. Stephen Davison –
6. William Dunlop – Nephew
(Robert’s son) road racer and podium finisher in the
7. Barry Sheene M.B.E. –
World Champion Grand Prix Motorcycle Racer. Although he
raced twice on the Isle of Man he ultimately felt the TT
circuit was too dangerous. In the 1980s Barry was arguably
the best on tracks while Joey was the best on the roads.
7b. Stephanie Sheene –
Wife of Barry.
8. Geoff Duke O.B.E. –
Road racing Legend who won 6 TTs and 6 World Championships.
9. Julie Dunlop – Daughter.
10. Donna Dunlop – Daughter.
11. Gary Dunlop – Son.
12. Richard Dunlop –
14. Joanne Dunlop – Daughter.
15. Linda Dunlop – Wife.
16. Michael Rutter –
Road racing competitor and double winner of the TT.
17. Neil Tuxworth – Road
racing competitor (4 TT Podiums) and Honda Racing Team Boss.
18. Steve Hislop – Road
racing competitor and Team Mate, 11 times winner of the
TT and British Superbike Champion.
916. Carl Fogarty M.B.E. –
Road racing competitor and Team Mate, 3 times winner of
the TT and the most successful World Superbike Champion
with 4 Championships.
19. Phillip McCallen –
Road racing competitor and Team Mate, 11 times winner of
the TT, including four victories during one week in 1996.
20. Bob McMillan – Honda
Racing Team Boss.
21. Graeme McGregor –
Road racing competitor and Team Mate, 2 times winner of
22. Bruce Robinson –
23. Merv Robinson – Member
of the ‘Armoy Armada.’ Road racing competitor
and one of his closest friends. Very successful on Northern
Irish circuits and raced once at the TT.
24. Frank Kennedy – Road
racing competitor and member of the ‘Armoy Armada.’
25. Mel Murphy – “Wind
behind the sails of the Armoy Armada.”
26. Jim Dunlop – Brother,
road racing competitor and member of the ‘Armoy Armada.’
Competed in the TT on 7 occasions with best finish in 7th
27. Brian Reid – Road
racing competitor and member of the ‘Dromara Destroyers.’
5 times winner of the TT and double winner of the Formula
2 World Championship.
28. Ray McCullough –
Road racing competitor and member of the ‘Dromara
Destroyers.’ Ray was the man to beat in Northern Ireland
in the early days of Joey’s career.
29. Bob McIntyre – 3
Times winner of the TT and the first man to lap the circuit
30. Owen McNally – Road
racing competitor and 2 times podium finisher in the TT.
32. John McGuinness –
Road racing competitor and Team Mate, 19 times winner of
the TT and still going strong with the Honda Legends and
Honda Padgett’s Teams.
33. Tommy Herron – Road
racing competitor and 3 times winner of the TT. He taught
Joey how to race on short circuit race tracks.
34. David Jefferies –
Road racing competitor and 9 times winner of the TT.
35. Mike Hailwood M.B.E. G.M.
– ‘Mike-the-Bike’ 14 times winner of the
TT and 9 World Championship titles. It was a major achievement
for Joey to initially equal Mike’s TT tally and then
raise the bar to 26 for others to follow.
36. Giacomo Agostini –
Road racing legend and 10 times winner of the TT.
37. Billy Nutt – Race
Promoter and long term friend.
38. Danny McCook – 1st
Sponsor and owner of the firm Joey worked for, fixing lorries.
39. Sammy Graham – Mechanic.
40. Bertie Payne – Long
term sponsor and often part of his Pitt Crew.
41. Andy McMenemy – Long
term friend and sponsor.
42. John Rae – Early
43. John Harris – Long
term sponsor who sadly collected the last 2 trophies on
44. Brian Coll – Country
and Western Star and long term supporter and 1 time pillion
passenger on the Isle of Man TT Circuit.
45. Hector Neill – Early
46. Valentino Rossi –
9 times Moto GP World Champion, acknowledged as the GOAT
(Greatest Of All Time) he did a parade lap of the TT Circuit
in 2009 and afterwards spoke of his admiration for the riders
and said, "Unfortunately I never knew Joey personally
but I remember well that he was 'The King of the Mountain'
and rode in that famous yellow helmet. I know all about
his success on the Isle of Man and he was a real legend."
47. Roger Marshall –
Honda Team Mate and arguably his greatest road racing competitor.
48. Ron Haslam – Road
racing competitor with 3 World Titles and 4 British Championships
and a TT victory, he led thousands of bikers around the
TT Circuit in tribute to Joey.
49. Davy Wood – Long
term friend and Manager.
50. Barry Symmons – Honda
Team Manager who once saved Joey in a race incident in Portugal
by throwing a bottle of water at a competitor who was breaking
pit regs & nearly collided with Joey.
51. Geoff Cannell – Manx
Radio Presenter and Race Commentator.
52. The Honourable David Cretney
– Member of the Isle of Man’s House of Keys
and as minister of Tourism, presented Joey (the 3rd Recipient)
with a replica Sword of State.
53. Ayrton Senna – Widely
held as the Greatest F1 driver of all time he won the F1
Motorcar World Championship 3 Times with Honda. Joey visited
the site of his tragic accident at the Imola circuit in
Italy in order to pay his respects. Individually they both
made the yellow helmet famous.
54. Soichiro Honda –
Founder of the Honda Corporation who once said, “when
you’re winning the TT you’re selling bikes!”
Joey was Honda’s longest serving racer (under contract
for 18 years).
58. Paul Bird – Sponsor
and owner of the Vimto Racing Team.
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