John Haynes OBE, founder of the Haynes Publishing Group PLC and the Haynes International Motor Museum, died on Friday following a short illness. He was 80 years old.
He was best known for his work in creating the Haynes Manual – illustrated repair guides available for many popular motorcycles and cars – having written the first one back in 1965 for a colleague’s Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite sports car.
In an obituary posted on the firm’s website we’re told that John was "a kind, generous, loving and devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather.
"John will be greatly missed not only by his family, friends and colleagues but also by the many people that use his manuals, and benefit from his reassuring guiding hand as they repair and maintain their cars and motorbikes."
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