Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £16.99

Buy Now for £16.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

This fascinating and inspiring biography of John Haynes - the man behind Haynes manuals - looks ‘under the bonnet’ at his extraordinary life and his legacy to the motoring world. This is the story of how one man’s vision and enthusiasm gave a small enterprise in rural Somerset a global footprint. 

The story begins with John’s childhood in Ceylon and his school days - when as a young entrepreneur he sowed the seeds for what would become the iconic Haynes car repair manuals - to his time as a young RAF officer and then as the driving force behind the growth of the iconic Haynes brand and the Haynes International Motor Museum. 

Family and friends recount the many adventures and experiences of living, socialising and working with John throughout his life - which more often than not revolved around his passion for all things automotive. 

John’s legacy to motoring is summed up in a tribute from Practical Classics Editor Danny Hopkins: 

“John Haynes’ immense contribution is multi-faceted and his legacy is permanent. John’s extraordinary gift to the owners of all cars, classic and modern...facilitating their ability to be self-sufficient cannot be overstated. 

"The Haynes manual is an icon...just like many of the cars, planes, ships and trains it taught us how to repair. John’s life in cars has also left us with another legacy. His creation of one of the world’s most exciting car collections, a collection he so generously shared with the nation at the Haynes International Motor Museum: it is his passion made metal.”

©2020 Ned Temko (P)2020 W F Howes

Critic reviews

“If you grew up in the era when cars and motorbikes were unreliable, John Haynes was the Messiah.” (James May) 

What listeners say about John Haynes

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Performance
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Superb biography, something car enthusiasts will appreciate

Really enjoyed this book, should have broad appeal among car enthusiasts. Only slight annoyance is the poor volume of the recording , even at full volume across all devices still not very audible. Especially when driving.