the entrepreneur and creator of the Haynes Manual, founder of
the Haynes Publishing Group PLC and the Haynes International
Motor Museum passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on
the evening of Friday 8th February, aged 80, after a short illness.
The first Haynes Manual, for the Austin Healey Sprite, was published
in 1966, and the first print run of 3,000 sold out in less than
3 months. To date over 200 million Haynes Manuals have been
sold around the world.
The success of
his publishing business, including expansion into Europe and
North America, culminated in the Haynes Publishing Group PLC
floating on the London Stock Exchange in 1979. In 1995 John
was awarded an OBE for services to publishing, and in 2005
The Open University presented him with the honorary degree
of Master of the University.
success meant that he was able to enjoy his passion for cars,
and he became a prolific collector. In 1985 he founded the
Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset as
an Educational Charitable Trust, bequeathing his collection
of 30 cars to the charity to be held for the benefit of the