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Jo Ramirez: Memoirs of a Racing Man Hardcover – December 24, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing; 1st edition (December 24, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844252388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844252381
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jo Ramirez is now enjoying his retirement, but keeps in touch with his many friends and former colleagues in motorsport. He divides his time between homes in London and Malaga.

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I wish the rest of the book was more of the same.
William T. Ford
No friendly smiling faces in F1 in pits now!If you want to learn what goes on in racing you must read this book.
Alexander F. Birnie
Jo Ramirez knew every one from the Formula 1 team's mechanics all the way up to Ernie Ecclestone.
Ruben Contreras

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ruben Contreras on November 6, 2006
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I have read many racing books and also many Formula 1 books. I can only say this ine is a must for anyone interested in Formula 1. Prominent racing events from 1963 through 2001 are described by the very well liked Mexican. Jo Ramirez knew every one from the Formula 1 team's mechanics all the way up to Ernie Ecclestone. This book is the best way to understand the very complicated personalities of Ayrton Senna and Ron Dennis from Mc Laren, as no one has described them so well before and he worked with them and also had a personal relationship with both. I will treasure my copy as the best racing book I own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexander F. Birnie on March 21, 2010
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Jo Ramirez, one of the most friendly/smart guys in F1.I have been a F1 fan since my first F1 race at Ring 1954 (Fangio MB 196). Met Jo in 1966, when he was a mechanic with Dan Gurney AAR. Gave me a tour of AAR facility at Rye England. At every F1, he would give you a big smile, and even at task at a lot of work,he would always take the time to spend some time talking to you. He invited me to attend his F1 retirement party at Indy 2001. Great/sad party, as he was leaving F1. No friendly smiling faces in F1 in pits now!If you want to learn what goes on in racing you must read this book.Have a very large collection of racing books,and his book, is one of my favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill on February 19, 2008
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Yes, it's too little a book to cover so much time but I'd rather have what have what Jo's written than not have it at all. It's not the best racing book I've read but I'm very glad to have it. Jo could've written a 5 volume set of books this size (but the problem would likely be recollection, not lack of subject matter) and the complaints would be "there's too much detail" and "we need a condensed version"... that's this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob G on August 29, 2007
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This is a fun, informative look inside auto racing a 40 year period, starting in Mexico but mostly in Europe. It's properly titled memoirs rather than autobiography. Ramirez is generous and amusing in his tales about almost everyone in the book. He's too modest about his own role. For many pages in the 2nd half of the book it I wanted to know more of what Jo was doing and what the experience was like. The 2nd half also drifts a bit far into celebrities & parties. That plus too little introspection held the book short of 5 stars to me. Jo lived with racing's high level of fatalities in the first 20 years of the book. It must have been traumatic to take care of the broken Tyrrell after Francois Cevert's fatal accident. He honestly portrays each event. I don't envy him recalling these and writing about them accurately. A little more of Ramirez himself living through it all would give the book some extra depth.

Ramirez's focus is on personalities, anecdotes and memorable events. I don't think anyone else could deal honestly with the Prost-Senna conflicts from up so close and show such fairness with both sides. Even the biggest names here come across as regular people -- but I think it's a reflection of the author's personality. He enjoyed his life in racing and has written a book that carries that enjoyment with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Ogden on August 7, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the insights especially into the competition between Senna and Prost, which I thought was very fair to both men.

What a life Ramirez lived, to have seen all that F1 history and the part he played in it.
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