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Michael Dunlop honoured to ride Bob McIntyre Gilera tribute lap

Monday, August 28, 2017
Classic TT Entertainment
Michael Dunlop changes gear at the Bungalow on the 500-4 Gilera on his Bob McIntyre tribute lap. Photo Dave Kneen / Pacemaker Press Intl.

Fans were treated to the recreation of one of the greatest moments in TT history at the 2017 Classic TT presented by Bennetts with Michael Dunlop’s tribute lap for the sixtieth anniversary of Bob McIntyre’s first 100mph lap of the Mountain Course.

Scotsman McIntyre made history on the Gilera on his way to victory in the Senior TT Race in 1957 and Michael Dunlop, complete with replica kit and on board an identical dustbin faired Gilera meticulously recreated by Kay Engineering, even down to lapping at over 100mph on the hugely popular parade lap.

Michael Dunlop pushes the Gilera 500-4 into life to start his tribute lap to commemorate 60 years of Bob McIntyre's 100mph. Photo Dave Kneen / Pacemaker Press Intl.

Afterwards a clearly emotional Michael said:

“It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.  It was so strange to ride. I don’t know if it was me or the fairings – it felt like the tyres were flat.  It would have been great to run the bike in the Senior race.  It was a real honour to ride the bike and I’d like to thank Mark (Kaye) and Paul (Phillips) for making it possible.”
Michael Dunlop makes a clean push start on the Gilera 500-4. Photo Dave Kneen / Pacemaker Press Intl

He continued:

“We had a great reaction around the course. Everyone loved hearing the bike.  What I did doesn’t compare to riding eight laps. It’s much easier now.  I spent the whole lap trying to find sixth gear – I didn’t realise there were only five.”

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