King of the Road’ Joey Dunlop OBE MBE first saw the course in 1976 as he set off for his first practice - he went home with two replicas. The first of his record breaking 26 wins came in the 1977 Jubilee Classic Race. He won the TT Formula 1 Race six years in a row between 1983 and 1988 and was Formula 1 World Champion five times. He is the only rider to have three hat-tricks to his name - 1985 F1, Senior and Junior, 1988 F1, Senior and Junior and in 2000 the Formula One, Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight. He has lapped the course at over 110 mph in races 256 times and has more 120mph plus laps to his credit than any other rider in the history of the races. He started in 100 races on the TT course, 98 TT and two Classic MGP Junior Races. His astounding record of successes speak for themselves. Altogether Joey’s 26 TT wins include 7 Formula 1, 4 Senior, 3 Junior, 5 Lightweight and 5 UltraLightweight Races, plus the 1977 Jubilee Race and the 1980 Classic 1000. During TT2000, at the age of 48, Joey counted the magnificent win in the Duke Formula One as one of his most rewarding. In his final lap of the TT circuit – the sixth lap of the Senior Race - he set his fastest ever lap at 123.87mph to become joint fourth fastest man around the course.
Just from the photos that guy looks like somebody you really wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of in a bar. And when you consider that insane and fearless racing record...whoooeee. Hard to imagine anyone equaling that in any other high-speed racing discipline. But of course someone will post up to the contrary inside of 10 minutes, I suppose.
I don't think so, Rat. If one guy can win it 26 phreakin' times, that means it's possible to do it well and with some degree of safety. Do you think all the high-end alpinists have sh*t brains, too? I'm really inspired by these guys even if I have ABSOLUTELY no desire to try it. Just like I'll never speed climb the Captain or do any number of things we celebrate as outdoor athletes. Remember, there are vast numbers of people who think what YOU have done as a roped climber means you have sh*t for brains. To even consider riding the Isle of Man means a rider must have some considerable experience and skill, something non-riders/non-racers can hardly imagine--just like my dear old mum had absolutely NO idea what to think beyond sheer terror for her son and worry of his sanity when I showed her pictures of climbing El Capitan when I was 18.
I'm thinking if we had a short video of rock climbers in action with many bad grounders, ledge-outs, and various, sundry crashes and disasters spliced in to the rockin' sound track, we could pretty easily create a similar effect of madness about our sport.