David Coulthard, Lewis Hamilton, Anthony Davidson, Gary Paffett, Jason Plato, Oliver Turvey, Mike Conway and James Calado: these drivers have in common a person who brought their talent to the fore by supporting them when they found themselves racing karts. That person is Martin Hines. Born in 1948, he gave everything he had to our sport and never stopped loving it unconditionally, until his death on 28 August 2011. But Martin didn’t limit himself only to discovering great talent, he was also a personal protagonist of the expansion and evolution of the karting movement: several times, in fact, the CIK-FIA requested his opinion for the definition of various regulatory aspects, both at a technical and sporting level. You will therefore understand why his nickname was “Mr. Karting” (together with “Karting guru”)… And I must say that it is certainly one of the most apt nicknames I have ever heard in my life.
However, the story of Hines is closely linked to that of Zip Kart, the brand founded by his father, Mark, which Martin made one of the most famous in the world between the seventies and nineties. However, in addition to being a great manager, “Mr. Karting” also proved to be an excellent driver, above all at the wheel of Superkarts (find out what this is by reading the article “Dossier | The definitive guide: how to start with go-karts”, editor’s note), a class strongly promoted by Hines and in which he managed to become world champion three times (1983, 1991 and 1992, editor’s note).
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