Arai unveil Joey Dunlop tribute lid

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By Michael Mann
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For seven hundred of your English pounds you can invest in a limited edition Joey Dunlop replica Arai which is identical to his 1985 design. There will only be 305 in existence, in sizes XS – 2XL and it is based on Arai’s RX7-GP.

Joey replica lid from the frontJoey Dunlop replica lid by Arai

With a record 26 Isle of Man TT wins to his name, ‘King of the Road’ Joey Dunlop OBE MBE, will be recognised at the Classic TT this August where the theme this year is ‘Joey Dunlop – Road Racing Legend’.

The theme will celebrate Dunlop’s career, not just at the TT but also his career in Ireland with a particular focus on the eighties, the time around the height of Joey’s career. Plans include curating an exhibition of racing machines from throughout Joey’s career for what would be a free event throughout the Classic TT celebrations.

A parade lap sponsored by the Isle of Man Steam Packet company takes place on Monday 25th August and will feature twenty six of Joey’s biggest career rivals, with appropriate representatives when a rider is unavailable.

Joey Dunlop at Union Mills in 1985.

Photo: Mike Yiend

Arai claim it’s the ‘most authentic limited edition Joey Dunlop replica helmet produced’ with 1985 specifically chosen because of his successes of 29 years ago, namely:

  • Isle of Man TT: 3 x wins – Junior, Formula 1 and Senior
  • Ulster GP: 3 x wins
  • NW200: 2 x wins

The design features the Northern Irish radio station DownTown Radio who sponsored Joey during 1985 and had the radio station logo on the side of his iconic yellow/black helmet. They are still broadcasting today!

Joey's widow, Linda Dunlop with his replica lid from 1985

Priced at £699.99, each helmet comes with a numbered sticker and certificate signed by Joey’s window, Linda Dunlop.

Linda said, “I am happy that the new Arai has come about, it looks great and I know that Joey’s fans from around the world have been looking for another replica to be done by Arai. It keeps Joey’s memory alive. I am also happy that local Northern Ireland company, Crossan’s, are taking care of the sales and mail order of the new helmet.”

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