Zip Kart History
Zip Kart’s 40 years of heritage comes from the legacy left by the late Martin Hines known affectionately as Mr Karting. His passion and dedication has pushed karting into the limelight becoming the spring board for talented racing drivers.
To become an accomplished racing driver you have to start early, for the same reasons as any other top sports person enabling them to hone their skills. Karting allows the young driver to learn and develop their driving skills and start to understand the setting up and simple mechanics of the kart. Learning control while dicing inches apart from other competitors will give the driver the edge to progress and succeed in other spheres of motorsport.
The formative years are crucial for anyone wanting to reach the top. Martin realised this fact and was instrumental in the creation of the Comer Cadet class. This allowed 8 year olds to race for the first time in the UK now with the Bambino class you can start practising asyoung as 5 years old.
The legendary Zip Young Guns Racing Team was created to allow talented young drivers to achieve their potential by providing them with the best equipment and support available and has been synonymous with many of today’s stars success; these include David Coulthard, Lewis Hamilton, Jason Plato, Anthony Davidson, Gary Paffett, Luke Hines, amongst many others.
Martin became involved in The Racing Steps Foundation, a private, non-profit fund set up to provide and finance competition and personal performance development programmes for young British racing drivers who have the skilland determination to climb to the top of the international motorsports ladderbut lacking the all important funds and mentoring to match.
By 2008 a year after RSF came on the scene Martin and Zip Karts becamepart of the fabric in providing a foot hold for underfunded talented drivers.
Today the following drivers Oliver Turvey, James Calado, Jack Harvey, Oliver Rowland, Jake Dennis, Ben Barnicoat, are realising their ambitions because of the funding and help provided through RSF.