The Haynes Manual

A collection, iconic front cover car illustrations

by Terry Davey

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 strip down 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.


Terry Davey


Terry Davey was born on the 29th of October 1933.  He attended Yeovil Technical College, leaving in 1952 to do his National Service in the RAF.  After being demobbed he worked for Westlands, the Yeovil-based aircraft manufacturer, for five years.  When he applied to join Haynes in 1972 he was employed as a design and display manager for a well-known supermarket chain.

Terry had a unique (and largely self-taught) ability to visualise the internal workings of complicated mechanical assemblies and to draw accurate representations of how they would look from any perspective: sectioned, or in three dimensions, or when partly stripped of their casings.  His raw materials were model photographs, sales brochures and technical literature, supplemented in the Haynes tradition by personal inspection.  He was a frequent visitor to the project vehicle workshop, taking photographs and making sketches of the component parts of whatever model was being dismantled that week.  The annual Motor Show at Earls Court or the NEC saw him doing the rounds with his camera, picking up brochures, peering under bonnets and quizzing sales staff, many of whom turned out to have considerably less technical knowledge than he did.

A great bear of a man with his trademark pipe always on the go (the smoke alarm above his drawing board had to be disabled), Terry was a familiar figure in the Haynes canteen at lunchtime, where he always had the full three courses.  He was also a voracious reader, with a staple diet of thrillers and lurid magazines devoted to 'true' crime and murder stories, supplemented by whatever book might recently have been made into a television series.  Some of his colleagues still treasure the memory of him coming into the office the morning after the transmission of an episode of Brideshead Revisited, saying "Here!  Did any of you lot know that Evelyn Waugh was a bloke?"  We feigned surprise.

His own cars were always a source of interest and pride, though at least one (it may have been the Hillman Hunter GT) came to an untimely end.  Driving home from the pub one night, Terry saw what he thought was a cardboard box in the middle of the road and decided that he could safely drive over it.  The 'cardboard box' was in fact a lump of Ham building stone and the car was a write-off, though fortunately nobody was hurt.

The late 1970s and the 1980s were a period of rapid expansion for Haynes.  At its peak the drawing office held four other illustrators, all of whom reckoned they could do what Terry did.  Some were more justified in this opinion than others, but it is true to say that whilst some other illustrators (both at Haynes and elsewhere) have been successful in producing technically accurate cutaways, Terry's style remains unique and immediately recognisable.

Terry's health was not good in the later years and he retired in 1991.

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