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John Haynes, founder of the Haynes Repair Manuals, dies at 80

Sold more than 200 million manuals on everything from Bugeye Sprites to bees

Sold more than 200 million manuals on everything from Bugeye Sprites to bees.

Racing legend Carl Haas dies at 86

Haas: 1930-2016

Longtime racing team owner Carl Haas has died after a long fight with Alzheimer's.

RIP Maria Teresa de Filippis, first lady of Formula One

Maria Teresa de Filippis passed away over the weekend in Italy at the age of 89. She became the first woman to compete in a Formula One race in 1958.

Justin Wilson dead at 37 following Pocono crash

IndyCar racer Justin Wilson died of the injuries he suffered during yesterday's ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Buddy Baker, NASCAR legend, dead at 74

NASCAR legend Buddy Baker has passed into the great pitlane in the sky, sadly succumbing to lung cancer at the end of long and distinguished career on the track and airwaves.

Auto investor Kirk Kerkorian dead at 98

Billionaire auto industry investor ​Kirk Kerkorian died on Monday, June 15, at the age of 98 in Los Angeles. At various times, he was a major shareholder in GM and Ford, and Kerkorian attempted to buy Chrysler twice.

Former Michelin Group director François Michelin dies at 88

Francois Michelin, grandson of Michelin co-founder Édouard, has died at the age of 88. No cause of death was given.

Lister founder Brian Lister passes at 88 years old [w/video]

The founders of most automakers aren't still with us. Enzo Ferrari, Ettore Bugatti, Henry Ford, Louis Chevrolet, Kiichiro Toyoda, Soichiro Honda and so many others have long since left this world. Those who are still with us – like Christian von Koenigsegg, Horacio Pagani and Elon Musk – got into the game much later. Brian Lister hit the scene a long time ago, but until just the other day, he was still with us. But now his time on the racing circuit has come to an end.

Former Ford president, Jaguar chairman Nick Scheele dead at 70

We have the privilege here at Autoblog of reporting a lot of good news, but it is our duty as well to report the bad news and sad news as well. And this is one of those occasions as the automotive industry mourns the passing of one of its leaders.

IMSA founder John Bishop dies at age 87

The motor racing community in North America and around the world is mourning the passing of one of its most influential figures, John M. Bishop, co-founder of the International Motor Sports Association that has developed into the premier sanctioning body for sports car racing in North America.

F1 legend Sir Jack Brabham passes away at 88

There have only been about a dozen people who have won multiple Formula One World Championships. Thankfully the lion's share of them are still among us – names like Vettel, Alonso, Hakkinen, Lauda, Prost, Piquet, Fittipaldi and Stewart. Michael Schumacher is hanging on, but Senna, Fangio, Ascari and Graham Hill have all since departed this Earth. And we're bereaved to report that they'll have company as Jack Brabham has passed away.

Legendary stunt innovator Hal Needham dead at age 82 [w/video]

Watch through the end credits of any movie – an action movie especially – and you're bound to see a whole team of stuntmen involved in the production. But of all the stunties in Hollywood, Hal Needham stood out as one of the most important. And now, we're sad to say, he is no more.

Dean Jeffries, legendary customizer, dies at 80

Vehicle customization has played a huge role in car culture in the US, and Dean Jeffries was perhaps one of the most well-known builders, painters and customizers of his time.

Ovshinsky, nickel-metal hydride battery inventor, dies at 89

Stanford Ovshinsky, the inventor of the nickel-hydride (NiMH) battery that is widely used in many non-plug-in hybrid-electric vehicles, among other amazing things, died October 17 at the age of 89 from complications due to cancer.

Remembering legendary motorsports journalist Chris Economaki [w/video]

Legendary motorsports journalist and racing commentator, Chris Economaki, died late on Thursday evening at the age of 91.

Legendary designer Sergio Pininfarina passes away

The world of automotive design has lost another great. Sergio Pininfarina – the honorary chairman of the Pininfarina Group that bears his family name – passed away last night at age 85.

1959 Le Mans winner Roy Salvadori dies, 23 days after teammate Carroll Shelby [w/video]

Race car driver Roy Salvadori died on Sunday, June 3, at the age of 90. He was best known in the U.S. as the teammate of Carroll Shelby, the automotive impresario who was Salvadori's co-driver when they won Le Mans in 1959.

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche - designer of the 911 - dies at age 76

Porsche has announced that Ferdinand Alexander Porsche – grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, son of Ferry Porsche and designer of the iconic 911 – passed away today, April 5, at the age of 76. He died in Salzburg, Austria of unknown causes.

Petersen Automotive Museum co-founder Margie Petersen passes away at 76

Margie Petersen, philanthropist and wife of late automotive publisher Robert E. Petersen, died on November 25, succumbing to breast cancer at the age of 76.

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