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Nov

The man who made Road Racers

  • By cannonball

Many film makers have tried to capture the essence of road racing, often with mixed results. Most have failed to find the right balance between the fascinating personalities and explosive action that make the sport such a stunning spectacle. Richard de Aragues, the director of the 2010 TT film Closer to the Edge, managed to capture some sense of this heady mixture. But De Aragues, and almost everyone else who has ever pointed a camera in the direction of a bike flashing down a closed public road, has paid homage to the film that paved the way for all of their efforts. The 1977 documentary, Road Racers, which followed the exploits of the legendary but fated trio of Irish road racers, Joey Dunlop, Mervyn Robinson and Frank Kennedy, set the standard against which every other bike racing film is measured.
Fans will recall the beautifully recorded scenes of Dunlop, Kennedy and Robinson’s unofficial practice sessions on the country lanes around the Co Antrim village of Armoy wher

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