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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
What Heaven's like..
RIP



"I'm a long way gone down this wild road I'm on
It's gonna take me where I'm bound
It's a long way around"



"These are the days that must happen to you"

RD2 Radar/ Electronic Warfare Technician
Vietnam 1969-1972

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Cornfgl Graham Cornford
Bellville, TX, USA   USA
1974 MG MGB GT V8 "Goose Poop"
Yet another sad day. Another icon has departed, whose name will forever be linked to the likes of car enthusiasts, MG owners like ourselves, and what a help Mr Haynes has been to me.

Over the years, with ever increasing costs to repair motor vehicles, I have collected a number of Haynes manuals, a veritable "Who's who", of the some of cars that I have owned. Most now moved on, but I kept the manuals for some reason.

The one that still gets referred to of course, MGB 1962 to 1980.

Back in the early 2000's, whilst still in the UK, our MG club went west to Devon and Cornwall, and on our return journey someone mentioned to the men in the party, about the Haynes International Motor Museum, in Sparkford, Somerset, in the South West of England. Unbeknown to all of the females in the group, it was decided that we would make Sparkford a coffee stop on the journey home.

Imagine the collective groans when around 8 to 10 MG's pulled into the museum car park, as the penny dropped to the accompanying females in our party.

However, after a short while all was forgiven, as to a man, and woman, we all enjoyed our coffee, lunch and almost the rest of the afternoon checking out the cars and exhibits.

My point here is that, although I am not certain as to the museum's future, if you are ever within a reasonable distance of Sparkford, take a detour to the museum, you will not be disappointed.

Remember, John Haynes, a man mostly known to us as a book publisher, has given so much help to all of us over the years, without even a single thought of thanks, as far as I was concerned.

Who in the car owning/ repairing fraternity has not heard of the Haynes Manuals.

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sweep Gold Member Chris W
Gosford, NSW, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB "Basil"
2013 Volkswagen Tiguan
2015 Audi A3
I've got the green B/W one in good condition - I photocopy bits I need to use at the car. I've also got a PDF version, BUT most importantly I bought the LTD Ed Hard cover with the glossy pages and colour photos and it is truly a thing of beauty.

Sad to see him go, but his legacy lives on.



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ingoldsb Silver Member Terry Ingoldsby
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
1971 MG MGB
I guess we can take solace that when we all reach the other side, there will be a lot of resources to call on to keep the MGs that must be in heaven running. Hmm - maybe MGs in heaven don't need maintenance (and don't leak). We can only hope! smiling smiley

We often forget that there were people behind so many of the resources we use every day.

Thanks, John!



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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
People with wonderful stories behind their inspirations. smileys with beerMG



"I'm a long way gone down this wild road I'm on
It's gonna take me where I'm bound
It's a long way around"



"These are the days that must happen to you"

RD2 Radar/ Electronic Warfare Technician
Vietnam 1969-1972

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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
People with wonderful stories behind their inspirations. smileys with beerMG



"I'm a long way gone down this wild road I'm on
It's gonna take me where I'm bound
It's a long way around"



"These are the days that must happen to you"

RD2 Radar/ Electronic Warfare Technician
Vietnam 1969-1972

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RAY 67 TOURER Ray Marloff
Fort Bragg, CA, USA   USA
1967 MG MGB "My Girl"
I've got the red cover version. Purchased it in '72 after I bought my '67 B. Still have and use both. RAY

Steve S Avatar
Abingdon West, Southern California, USA   USA
The obituary was posted a few days ago on their web site. See here: https://haynes.com/en-gb/john-harold-haynes-obe-obituary

EDIT: The MGE site is a bit screwed up with links, so copy and paste the link into the address bar of your browser. Or, right click and select "open in new window". Or, middle click the link if using Windows.

EDIT#2: Until Skye fixes the external link issue, I'll just copy the page into this post.

Quote: John Harold Haynes OBE

25th March 1938 to 8th February 2019

John Haynes, 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. John was a kind, generous, loving and devoted husband, brother, father and grandfather, who will be missed enormously.

John Harold Haynes was born on 25th March 1938 to Harold and Violette Haynes in Ceylon, where his father was the manager of a tea plantation. From an early age John had a passion for cars, and as a child he loved nothing more than riding around the plantation with his father in their Morris 8 saloon.

At the age of 12 he moved to the UK with his brother David, to attend boarding school at Sutton Valence School in Kent. It was at school that John’s flair for art and his entrepreneurial spirit developed and flourished. He persuaded his House Master to allow him to miss rugby and instead spend his time converting an Austin 7 into a lightweight sporty Austin 7 ‘Special’. He eventually sold the car, making a reasonable profit, and owing to the immense interest it received (over 150 replies to the advert) he decided to produce a booklet showing other enthusiasts how he'd made it. He published a booklet entitled “Building A ‘750’ Special’; the first print run of 250 copies sold out in 10 days.

After leaving school John joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) to do his National Service, where he made many lifelong friends. During his time in the RAF his role in logistics taught him business management skills, while enabling him to pursue his passion for motor racing and publishing in his spare time. He successfully developed and competitively raced several race cars, including his Elva Courier, which is on display in the Haynes International Motor Museum.

It was whilst in the RAF that ‘Johnny’ met Annette, and he soon realised he had met the woman he wanted to spend his life with. On his way to their wedding he stopped to buy Annette a second hand IBM Proportional Space Type Writer as her wedding present. Although perhaps not the most romantic of gifts, Annette was delighted with his practical choice, setting the stage for a bright future together.

In 1965, John was posted to Aden and it was there that he created the first Haynes Manual. An RAF colleague had bought a ‘Frogeye’ Sprite, which was in poor condition and he asked John to help him rebuild it. John agreed, and quickly realised that the official factory manual was not designed to help the average car owner. He bought a camera and captured the process of dismantling and rebuilding the engine. The use of step-by-step photo sequences linked to exploded diagrams became the trusted hallmark of Haynes Manuals. 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. His contribution to motoring was recognised by The Guild of Motoring Writers in 2014 when he was made a life member.

John’s publishing 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 nation. John continued to support the museum charity throughout his life by donating cars and funding its growth, and thanks to his support the museum has grown and now displays more than 400 vehicles, and is enjoyed by over 125,000 people a year. At the 2014 International Historic Motoring Awards the museum was recognised as The Museum of the Year.

Until 2010 John served as Chairman of the Haynes Publishing Group and then continued to play an active role as Founder Director. In this role he supported the executive team as they created a world leading content, data and solutions business serving both drivers and professional mechanics. He combined this role with that of Chairman of Trustees of the Haynes International Motor Museum.

John was very much a family man and is survived by his wife Annette, brother David and sister Mary, his two sons; J and Chris, daughters-in-law; Valencia and Femke and his grandchildren; Augusta, Chrissie, Edward, Freya & Nicholas. His middle son Marc sadly passed away in October 2016. Annette contributed hugely to the success of the Haynes Publishing Group and she shares John’s lifelong passion for cars. She still serves as a much respected member of the Board of Trustees for the Museum.

A true gentleman, and a kind and considerate man, 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. The appreciation people felt for his contribution was most visible on an almost daily basis at the Museum’s Café 750. While enjoying lunch John was regularly approached by visitors, who would invariably be greeted with his infectious warmth and engaging, enthusiastic boyish smile. He was always happy to oblige fellow enthusiasts with photographs, engage in conversation and share his passion for cars.



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 2019-02-12 08:09 PM by Steve S.

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tahoe36c Paul Hruza
Panama City, FL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC GT "Little Red Rocket..."
1972 MG MGB GT "Tiny Dancer"
2002 Harley-Davidson Dyna
Thank you John... First for your voluntary military service, and then for the manuals that followed.

May you RIP in a Heaven full of cars that do not break anymore!

You deserve it.... thumbs up

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melbaver Gold Member Chris Howells
Carrington, NSW, Australia   AUS
1968 MG MGB "Moneypit"
2012 Dodge Journey "Another Shopping Trolley"
RIP, but it must be said, with feeling, that now you know the process of disassembly.



Chris Howells

1968 MGB Purchased already dis-assembled but which is largely back together so I'm a lot less ignorant.

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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
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"I'm a long way gone down this wild road I'm on
It's gonna take me where I'm bound
It's a long way around"



"These are the days that must happen to you"

RD2 Radar/ Electronic Warfare Technician
Vietnam 1969-1972


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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
Vancouver, BC, Canada   CAN
1964 Vespa VNB 125
1966 MG MGB "The Bomber RIP"
1983 Suzuki MC GS750E "Kate"
1986 Merkur XR4Ti "The Rally Car"    & more
Fixed the link, it can be clicked now. Thanks for the bug report.

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mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, IL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"    & more
I have several Haynes manuals that are not MG nor British car related.



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78mgb White Wonder 78mgb
apple valley, MN, USA   USA
1978 MG MGB
I usually bought a Haynes manual whenever I bought another car. Mine are greased marked and well used. The MGB pair up with a Moss catalogue to make working on cars possible for us with 5 thumbs. It never occurred to me that Haynes was a person but he surely has given much to every car owner who needed help.

Thank you John Haynes.

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