Well-known across Australia’s off-roading scene as a bonafide Ford enthusiast and all-round go to guy, Michael is just one part of the Marson Racing team who attribute their consistent success to none other than his GT Grabbers.
From far North Queensland, Michael Marson is a sugarcane farmer, a qualified fitter and machinist by trade. With a passion for speed since he was a kid, Michael built his first off-road buggy at the age of 12. Years down the track after a trip to the states Michael eventually made the switch to the custom built, American made Racer Engineering Pro-Buggy. This change paid off and just two years later Marson Racing placed 4th nationally in the Australian Off Road Championship. Michael, the team at Marson Racing and the #32 Ford powered racer have been racing at the pointy end of Australian off-road racing ever since.
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Tell us a little bit about your team? Who else puts in the blood, sweat and tears to make race day possible?
The rest of the Marson Racing team is made up of three off-road enthusiasts from Mackay, Central Queensland. Team co-driver and navigator is Chris Colborne. A carpenter and concreter by trade, Chris frequently travels over 300kms to Marson Racing headquarters to assist with car prep and repairs.
Brock Sievers is the crew chief and a qualified mechanic. Also coordinating the team’s social media accounts during races, Brock keeps things flowing and under control when racing is underway. Chris Laity is the final crew member and rounds out the team with a wealth of mechanical knowledge and know-how not to mention the muscles when heavy lifting is required.
Favourite race and why?
The Tatts Finke Desert Race. After five starts, three finishes and two DNFs we have found it can be the greatest adventure and the most rewarding feats or one of the most punishing and frustrating races in the country.
What other adventurous activities to you participate in?
Probably doesn’t get much more adventurous than helping my wife raise three teenage girls. When we aren’t busy with work and family I enjoy getting in some fishing and crabbing.
Best place to go off-roading for a weekend?
When considering off-road from a 4x4 side of things you can’t beat Cape York in Far North Queensland. A mix of dirt, sand, water and challenging terrain along with some of the most picturesque surrounds in the country it’s well worth the challenge.
If you were going to do a weekend off-road trip, what five essential things would you bring with you?
A well equipped swag, refreshments and plenty of ice, good mates, plenty of food and a reliable vehicle.
If you could go to dinner with five other people (dead or alive), who would you pick and why?
Henry Ford, of course. The ultimate Aussie Ford icon, Dick Johnson. Mad Max, provided he brings the coupe. Eric Bana, who wouldn’t want to eat with The Hulk who also owns The Beast. My wife and daughters, because I cherish my life.
Top three road trip songs in your opinion?
Sweet Home Alabama, Thunderstruck by ACDC and Eye of the Tiger.
Best road trip you have ever taken?
1994 Cape York trip. A week and a half in the middle of nowhere with four mates - lots of refreshments doing plenty of fishing with no idea of what we were doing.
Bonus question: If you could go anywhere on your Grabbers, where would you go?
Besides down the Finke track in Alice Springs I’d have to say Cape York. The Grabbers are made for the terrain.