Tico Martini was an Italian that lived in France. He built his first race car in 1962. His association with the Knight brothers, whom run the "Windfield Drivers School at Magny Cours, led him to build the school cars. Thus the first Martini F3 cars were named MK in 1969. Through the 70's Martini formula cars were entered on International F3 and F2 championships. Since the rules of F3 and Super Vee were similar from 78 onwards a few cars made it to the United States. A Martini car was the only other manufacturer to win a Formula Super Vee championship during the water-cooled era. Didier Theys piloting an MK 47 took the honors in1986.