Rubbing shoulders with the motley crew of billionaires, sheikhs, jetsetters and other assorted nutters will be Dubliner Graham Bolger.

This 31-year-old musician watched a TV documentary about the Gumball 3000 last December. Someone described it as “the greatest adventure on four wheels.” A lightbulb pinged on in his head. “I’ve got four wheels. Why not give it a lash?”

The four wheels are on his wheelchair. He was left paralysed when he came off his motorbike and crashed onto a grassy bank on December 8th, 2004.

Bolger and his co-driver, the mysterious “Paul”, will be using a BMW 603i loaned by Joe Duffy Motors, fitted with hand controls by Motability Ireland and shipped to London by Irish Ferries.

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