RIP Graham McConnell

We are deeply saddened to hear of Graham McConnell’s passing and we would like to extend our deepest condolences to Graham’s family and friends from everyone at the Paddy Hopkirk Gala.

Graham’s immaculate 33EJB Mini replica was a cornerstone of the Gala – it was used in the build up to the event and was driven by Paddy in the cavalcade from Stormont to City Hall.

 

 

Paddy’s tribute to Graham McConnell…

I only really met Graham McConnell recently on my press calls in Belfast prior to the Gala. He was to accompany me in his car from Stormont to the City Hall but sadly was not fit enough on the day. Some time ago he realised that probability, so asked me to take him for a run in his Replica Mini some weeks beforehand, which I was delighted to do.

The car was marvellous, the real thing and took my memories back some 50 years. Graham mentioned to me that with his terminal illness, he would like me to have the car when he had departed. That offer will stay with me for ever and 33 EJB will now be let out for shows in return for Charity donations. I know Graham was happy with that idea backed by his lovely family Patricia, Sian and Gina too. Graham you will be sadly missed but in the years to come, many people will benefit from your skill, kindness and generosity.

Paddy Hopkirk