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John Haynes OBE

John Haynes OBE wrote and published his first book, on building an Austin 7 Special, whilst he was still at school in 1956. He wrote two more 'Special' builders' manuals while doing his National Service in the RAF. The first 'proper' Haynes Owners Workshop Manual, for the Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite, was published in 1966. Based on the stripdown and rebuild of the project vehicle and with extensive use of step-by-step photographs – a process that has not changed to this day – this manual set the standard for the Haynes brand and started what is now a globally recognised publisher of practical information.

What the press say…

Nick Webster, Features Editor, Daily Mirror
When you want chapter and verse on anything - from BMWs to Bob the Builder, when you want to know about a subject inside and out, Haynes manuals are the first books any real enthusiast turns to. Reading about the Millennium Falcon or Thunderbirds in a Haynes manual makes you feel like a grown up even when it's the small child inside you getting excited.

Paul Hudson, Deputy Head of Cars, The Daily Telegraph
“Haynes has to be applauded for the way it has adapted the format of its acclaimed car repair manuals to cover famous vehicles such as tanks, the Avro Lancaster and Vulcan bombers, Thunderbirds - and even the USS Enterprise - in a fun yet informative manner."

Martin Love, Motoring Editor, Observer
"Sitting on a shelf in my garden shed is a Haynes manual for every car I have owned: Renault 5, Fiat 127, Citroen BX19, VW Polo, Volvo 940 the list goes on. The cars are long gone but I still flick through the much-used manuals. They bring back memories of happy afternoons tinkering and miserable evenings realising that even with an expert guide the job was beyond me. A Haynes manual is like a travel guide to a foreign land - it makes the unfamiliar manageable"

Chris Clifford, Editor, Airfix Model World magazine
“Haynes has brought to market a highly useful range of manuals with the historian and modeller in mind...good all-round packages with revealing imagery, insightful technical text and fascinating history”