Marc Haynes 1968-2016
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.