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Superkarts pay homage to Martin Hines
2 July 2012
Superkarts received an enthusiastic reception as they did demonstrations for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
A few years ago, Martin Hines had hoped to do a timed run at Goodwood in his 2002 Zip Eagle II Rotax. Unfortunately, his illness stopped that from happening.
In keeping with this year's theme of 'Young Guns - Born to Win', the Karting Legends club was invited to demonstrate superkarts in a tribute run. The Zip Eagle II came along with an authenticated 1980 air-cooled Yamaha engine Zip Hermetite; the 1983 Zip Rotax 256 and a replica of the 1990 Zip Eagle.
Many racing fans visited the Karting Legends stand and the karts received the autographs of Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Lord March, Steve Parrish and Kenny Roberts. The crowds were entertained by the karts as they drove up the hill. Showers on Friday necessitated the use of wet tyres but the other days were dry. Formula Kart Stars MD Carolynn Hoy, who had been a team-mate of Hines at Zip-Hermetite, drove and was joined by Simon Howard Weston, Jon MacDonald, Chris Purdie, Neil Ward and Tony Keele.
On Sunday afternoon, the club members spoke of their fond memories of Hines during a live interview on stage with Louise Goodman. It had been a thoroughly enjoyable weekend for the club who were honoured to be at Goodwood to salute the 'big man' who had done so much to further young talent in motorsport.