It’s been 12 years to the day since Robert Dunlop lost his life at the North West 200 in 2008.
Robert belonged to arguably the most well known family in road racing, the Dunlop’s, and was the younger Brother of Joey & Jim Dunlop, members of the famous Armoy Armada.
A road racing career which began with his debut at the Temple 100 in 1979, spanning almost three decades, Robert would pick up many wins and awards over the years.
Unfortunate in 2008, despite retiring on two occasions previously from road racing, whilst competing in the NW200 Robert would have a crash at Mathers Cross on the famous triangle circuit, later passing away in Causeway Hospital as a result of his injuries.
Eight years previous Robert brother Joey would loss his life in Tallinn, Estonia after a crashing while leading a 125 race.
Unfortunately the death of Joey & Robert wouldn’t be the last tragedy to hit the Dunlop family, when just 10 years after his father Roberts death, William Dunlop would loss his life on 7th July 2018 during a practice lap at the Skerries 100 , after only returning to road racing following a short break from the sport.
Roberts other son, Michael, continues to bring success to the ‘Dunlop Dynasty’, and is regarded by many as one of the best road racers in the sport today.