Dying for glory in vain on a country road

Dying for glory in vain on a country road
William Dunlop was the third member of his family to die while racing

As yet another member of the Dunlop family perishes in a motorcycle road race, it’s time to look at society’s complicity in an unacceptably dangerous sport

Watching yet another tragic Dunlop family funeral on the news, I was taken back to a moment more than half a century ago. It was so vivid and compelling that I can still recall it. It was the moment that, as a young child, I first had the astonishing and terrifying experience of being present at motor cycle road racing.

In short trousers and standing beside my father on a roadside ditch, somewhere out in...

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