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Martin Hines, 1948-2011

Karting legend Martin Hines passed away on Sunday 28 August following a battle against cancer.

Hines enjoyed a karting career spanning several decades, earning him the nicknames Mr Karting and the Karting Guru. He was the FIA World Karting Champion in 1983, 1991 and 1992, as well as a five-time European and six-time British champion.

The founder of the Cadet kart class and boss of Zip Kart, Hines helped to launch the careers of numerous star drivers, such as David Coulthard, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Gary Paffett, Anthony Davidson and Jason Plato. He also took over the motor sport accessory retailer Grand Prix Racewear in 2009.

“Martin had a passion for karting and his introduction of the Cadet class brought a new era to young people in motor sport,” said MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton. “In the past 20 years I have been able to turn to Martin as a voice of wisdom and experience. We send our deepest sympathy to his wife and family at this sad time.”