Rally Round is delighted to announce
the appointment of Kim Bannister, experienced MSA Steward, route designer and
Clerk of the Course on countless international events including four Peking to
Paris Motor Challenges, seven Flying Scotsman Rallies, three Classic Safaris, three World Cups, two
Trans America Challenges, the Lombard Rally and many more.
As they prepare an ever-expanding
programme of vintage and classic rallies in Europe and beyond, Director Liz Wenman and Rally Co-ordinator Heidi Winterbourne have greatly strengthened the
Rally Round team in recent months, attracting a host of highly respected personnel.
Nevertheless Kim (pictured above) is the most significant appointment to date. His
knowledge, diplomacy and attention to detail are hugely valuable assets and his
experience is exceptional; from Asia to Africa, Europe and the Americas, the
list of countries he has rallied through is too long to list.
Kim developed his passion for cars and
rallying at a tender age, joining the Craven
Motor Club and competing from the age of 15. The following year he began an
apprenticeship as a mechanic and rapidly rose through the ranks into car sales,
dealer management and consultancy whilst simultaneously indulging his love of
motorsport at all levels. In 2005, after more than 12 successful years in the
motor trade, a call from Heidi Winterbourne presented an opportunity to move
into full-time rally organisation and he immediately gave up his automotive consultancy
directorship to work on the 2007 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. The resounding
success of that event led him to design the route and act as Clerk of the Course
on four more Peking to Paris rallies and many other events, establishing
himself as one of the world’s most experienced route designers and an indispensable
member of the ERA team.
Following Heidi’s resignation in 2012 and
the unfortunate death of Philip Young in 2014, Kim recognised the need for a
fresh approach to classic rallying and is particularly pleased to have been
approached by Rally Round, which offers exactly that – sporting events for enthusiasts
who want to explore and enjoy distant lands without the rigours of relentless,
“It’s an honour to join such a
talented and enthusiastic team,” said Kim. “They’ve worked really hard
to establish Rally Round as a standard-setting organisation, meeting the need
for exciting, safe and sociable rallies and focusing on customer service. I’m
sure that’s the way forward for classic rallying and I’m looking forward to exploring
new horizons and contributing to the success of future events, including some
I’ve always dreamed of organising, like the Odyssey Italia in September 2017, visiting
Corsica, Sardinia and Elba on the way to Tuscany – I can hardly wait!”
“We’re thrilled to welcome Kim to the company,”
said Liz Wenman. “With Heidi’s unparalleled experience and an amazing
group of experts in everything from route planning to results, Rally Round is
going from strength to strength and Kim represents the last piece of the jigsaw.
We’re already planning lots of events for
the next five years, from short rallies starting in Paris to trips of a
lifetime on the far side of the world, and we couldn’t wish for a better team.
It’s going to be a fantastic adventure!”