One less well known aspect of Joey's life was his tireless
work for charity. He made endless trips to Romania, bring
vanloads of aid to orphans and their carers in that country.
These were undertaken mostly by Joey himself on condition
that would take place before each racing season started. Joey
stated that his proudest award was his OBE for charity rather
than any achievement in his very successful racing career.
Use of photo has been requested © Jack
On Sunday 26th May 1985, Joey,
his brother Robert, Brian Reid and other passengers and
crew, numbering thirteen in all, were making their way over
to the Island on a converted fishing boat, the M.F.V. Tornamona.
The boat struck rocks at the entrance to Strangford Lough
in the early hours of the morning and sank. Joey helped
to rescue the other passengers and crew all of whom were
saved. Five bikes, Joey's and Reid's, were later recovered
from the Lough. Fortunately Joey's works Hondas had arrived
at the Island by another route. The incident would have
been enough to seriously de-tune many a rider but Joey seemed
to shrug it off and went on to have his most successful
the BBC video about the sinking - Robert Dunlop
remembers the moment when Joey told him that something was
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