Marc Haynes 1968-2016

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Bute Mo­tor­sport founder Marc Haynes passed away peace­fully at home last week­end. He was 48.

Haynes be­gan his ca­reer by join­ing the Haynes Mo­tor Mu­seum after com­plet­ing a Busi­ness de­gree at Manch­ester Univer­sity. Haynes grew through the ranks of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, be­fore even­tu­ally be­com­ing its man­ag­ing di­rec­tor.

As the third son of John and An­nette Haynes, Marc was born into a car-lov­ing fam­ily, John hav­ing been the au­thor of the very first Haynes man­ual.

From there it was in­evitable that Marc would have a yearn­ing to drive fast and be­came a pi­o­neer of sorts by be­com­ing the first dis­abled per­son in the UK to be granted a rac­ing li­cence.

He raced a red Porsche 911 em­bla­zoned with the Haynes brand­ing on the bon­net in his early days. His last rac­ing car, a Fer­rari 360 Chal­lenge, re­mains on per­ma­nent dis­play in the mu­seum.

Haynes later founded the suc­cess­ful Bute Mo­tor­sport firm, which es­tab­lished and pro­motes the suc­cess­ful GT Cup Cham­pi­onship and the fledg­ling Pro­to­type Cup se­ries. He had an pas­sion for all things sportscar rac­ing and his en­thu­si­asm and drive, de­spite cop­ing with dis­abil­ity all his life, proved an in­spi­ra­tion for all who knew him.

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