Road (2014)

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It’s a documentary about the Dunlop brothers, Joey and Robert, as they race in Ireland’s North West 200 as well as the Isle of Man TT. To be honest, when I think of the TT, the only name that I think of is John McGuinness, and it was a real eye-opener for me when I saw that Joey Dunlop was one of McGuinness’s childhood heroes and they even raced together at one stage.

Anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle can appreciate the message in the story of Joey & Robert Dunlop. Their sheer passion for what they do resonate throughout the entire film. Not even fear of death will deter them from racing.

After Joey Dunlop’s tragic death, it took his brother, Robert, some time to come to grips with what had happened. Racing is in the Dunlop family blood and soon thereafter Robert was back on the bike racing. Throughout the years Robert had a few nasty crashes which left him with severe tendon damage in his right hand. Because of this, going forward, he had to race a specially modified bike.

In his last race at the North West 200, Robert himself, had a fatal crash, after his 250cc engine seized up and he mistakenly hit the front brake which was located underneath the clutch, which sent Robert flying over the handlebars onto the tarmac.Dunlop was taken to Causeway Hospital in Coleraine before succumbing to his injuries.

If at the end of the film, you’re sitting with dry eyes, you do not have a heart. The take away for me, was that you don’t ever have any excuses in life. You can’t blame your circumstances for giving up. If you can dream it, you can achieve it..

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Buks has had a passion for two-wheels since childhood. After his first motorcycle, a fire-breathing two-stroke Yamaha TZR250, he realized he was hooked. When Buks isn't writing for UltimateVelocity he enjoys practicing martial arts, gardening and spending time with his family.