The British Historic Kart Club and the Donington organisers gained permission from the Hines family to use the name of the late karting champion for its race.

The club said in its statement: "Martin's family have become enthusiastic as this event is not just about racing but is designed to capture the atmosphere of a bygone era."

As well as the name, the event will showcase Hines' memorabilia on static displays and hold track demonstrations of his karts.

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The Trophy will consist of air-cooled karts built before December 1982.

Illustrious names and karts have already been confirmed for the event. The only American to win the world karting championship Lake Speed, 1967 champion Edgardo Rossi, Reg Gange Jnr and club patron Barrie "Whizzo" Williams. Ayrton Senna's DAP and the Progress raced by Graham Hill are among the karts to be raced. Others have joined them in the form of Dodo Regazzoni, the brother of the late Clay Regazzoni, and Hines' former Zip Hermetite team-mate Carolynn Hoy who is the coordinator for Formula Kart Stars. It will be a competitive field with Claire Atkinson who is the reigning British historic kart champion and Dave Kirkham, current European champion confirmed for the 250cc class.

The organisers are also hoping that former Zip driver and champion Terry Fullerton will attend the event as a special guest.

Further news and entry forms for the event can be found on the club's website:

by Simon Stiel