Karting Legends - Donington Masters Historic Festival 2011

Karting Legends Pay Tribute To Martin Hines “Mr Karting”

Martin Hines had an entry in his diary to come to the Donington meeting and was expecting to get out on the track. When Tina saw the entry and had the invitation from Neil and Viv to attend Tina honoured us with her presence. It was to be an emotional day for everyone. The members, Neil and Viv did a fantastic job to pay tribute to "Mr Karting" in such a way

A Big "Thank You" to Tina for attending.

As a tribute to Martin Hines the Patron of Karting Legends 15 members did a lap in honour of Martin at the Festival.

In formation the members with one arm in the air as they passed the start / finish line were watched by Tina. Simon Howard-Weston led the tribute in his restored 1979 Zip Shadow, which was one the actual works kart used by Martin to win European and British Championships.

Neil Ward the founder of Karting Legends brought up the rear holding aloft Martin Hines helmet from the late 70’s - the first Simpson Bandit helmet to be imported into the country. Martin won various championships with that actual helmet. Tina received the helmet at the pit lane exit and Neil continued around the circuit in his replica 1981 Zip GP with Rotax 256 engine.

Tina was clearly moved by the tribute and thanked the members for their support.

Martins enthusiasm and contribution to karting and motorsport will be greatly missed.

Martin - Rest in Peace

Members did some laps of the circuit at normal demonstration speed

The karts on display

Bruce Austin Memorial Trophy

A trophy to commemorate Bruce Austin's contribution to karting has been initiated by Karting Legends at the Donington Masters Historic Festival. The Judges, Christopher Tate and Rachel Bailey from the Masters Historic Racing Team had an extremely difficult job given the very high standard of kart restorations. The trophy was to be presented to the owner of the kart that the judges thought was the best prepared and turned out kart on the day. Tina joined the judges for the presentation.

The trophy was presented to Jon Macdonald owner and driver of the 1978/1979 Zip Shadow Rapid Movements kart with a Yamaha twin cylinder TD3 engine. The kart was raced by Carolynn Grant Sale and Dave Buttigeig in that period with great success. The kart was restored by Tony Keele for Jon.

2nd was Simon Howard-Weston with the No. 1 Martin Hines 1979 Zip Shadow.

3rd was Tim Baker with No.86 Barlotti / 210cc Upton Villiers

Judges getting some tips from Jim

I think Neil is either dreaming of a pint or advising how to hold one!!

The Winning Rapid Movements Kart

2nd No.1 Martin Hines Zip Shadow restored and owned by Simon Howard-Weston

3rd No.86

Photos from the Meeting

Just walking the kart - Anyone seen a lamp post!!

Dave I know what your thinking - Whats that so & so going to have to say about me this time?

Suits a bit big round the middle and short in the leg - need some bubblewrap around your middle and 2 " off your legs!!

I thought we were going for a 7.5 ton truck not an artic - what a cracking vehicle

Martin Hines - Rest in Peace

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