This year’s prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed festival will pay tribute to road racing’s most famous family, with a number of bikes raced by Northern Ireland’s Dunlop dynasty taking centre stage in less than a month’s time.
The festival takes place in the grounds of the West Sussex stately home between 29 June and 2 July and as always is expected to bring out the great and the good of both two and four wheeled motorsport.
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Joey Dunlop’s first Isle of Man TT success, the organisers have arranged a spectacle of machines ridden not only by ‘Yer Maun’ but also his brother Robert and nephews Michael and William. With a total of 41 TT wins between them, as well as 37 victories at the North West 200, the Dunlop family is rightly regarded as road racing royalty.
One of the most significant machines at the event will be the Vimto-backed Honda SP1 upon which Joey won his final big bike TT. The bike features a full-factory HRC engine and powered the 48-year-old veteran to success in the 2000 Formula One TT, his first TT win on a large bike in five years. He would go on to win two more TTs in 2000, the Lightweight and Ultra Lightweight events, to take his total number wins to 26. Sadly Joey was fatally injured in a crash in Estonia one month later.
Also on display will be a range of rotary-powered JPS Norton, including the bike that Robert took to a trio of wins at the North West 200, while his sons Michael and William are also scheduled to appear.
Michael is set to take his superstock class Suzuki GSX-R1000 up the Goodwood hillclimb, with William bringing both his superbike Yamaha R1-M and supersport Yamaha R6 from this year’s TT Races.
Also joining the hillclimb direct from the Manx roads include Bruce Anstey aboard the Padgett’s Honda RC213V-S, James Hillier on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10RR, Gary Johnson aboard a Triumph Daytona 675 and Dan Kneen, who will be riding a selection of Joey Dunlop machinery in the Dunlop Dynasty Class.
Other two-wheeled stars set to run up the Goodwood hill include Sam Sunderland, the first ever British winner of the Dakar rally, on his KTM and 15-times world champion Giacomo Agostini, the most successful racer of all time.
Honda will also be out in force to celebrate 25 years of the Fireblade, while BMW’s brand new 212bhp HP4 RACE will also make a British mainland debut at the event.