About Michael Bannon
Lives: Newcastle/Hunter Valley NSW
Occupation: Insurance Claims Officer
I have grown up around rallying, ever since my mum Margaret met my stepdad Michael Bramble when I was about 5 years old. Mum and I used to service for Michael with family friends when he competed in various events across NSW in the late 80s.
My first event memory is attending a Bega Valley Rally in around 1989. It’s memorable to me as I ended up with a jack handle in the middle of my forehead following a slight mishap at the Imlay Road Service Park on a cold and wet night. It’s a long running tale told whenever the days of old come up!
I always loved travelling all over the state going to events when my Mum started navigating for Dad in the early 90s. The long road trips were always fun as a kid growing up, especially given I was the only child around as all of my parents friends had not yet had kids. I was always treated like one of the adults, which made me feel a part of the team.
I started competing myself in 2001, navigating for my cousin Mark Bramble in the AMSAG Southern Cross Rally Series. We started off in a Holden VB Commodore (photo attached from our first event) that we shared with Jim Middleton.