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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, 22 Nov. 2007
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Michael Deba (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Jo Ramirez: Memoirs of a Racing Man (Hardcover)
The author is living proof that there are occasionally decent, honest guys working in F1. Jo Ramirez is a top man and many always knew there was a great book waiting inside him for when he retired, and here it is. It is fascinating to read of all the changes Jo has seen and experienced in Formula One over the decades. From his early days working with the Rodriguez brothers, through his time with Stewart and Cevert at Tyrrell, managing the Fittipaldi's Copersucar team and then onto McLaren for many years, working close up during, for example the Prost/Senna rivalry - and much more. His is a fascinating insiders story, written with humour and sometimes emotion, a must read for all motor sport fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Insight of Behind-The-Scenes in F1 From a Legend, 25 Aug. 2011
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T. Wright "2Wright" (Scotland, UK) - See all my reviews
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Interesting and amusing insight to what life is like behind the scenes in F1 from the total legend that is Jo Ramirez. The McLaren Man (Although he worked for many teams over the decades from the 1960's, Jo was the heart of the McLaren empire in the 80's/90's and it's now a very different beast without him!) who was the ceaseless diplomat at the heart of the Senna/Prost era gives a wry, funny and honest look at the politics and machinations involved in the workings of F1 from someone at the heart of it all.

A great book by a great man whose presence in the F1 paddock is sorely missed (thought still seen from time to time like the ice-skating panda I hear!). F1 from the 60's to the beginning of the new millenium and the personalities and dramas which have come and gone over the decades. A good read for anyone, not just F1 fans and petrolheads.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for F1 Fans, 23 Aug. 2010
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Its simply the best book on F1. the full f1 life from an insider of all ages of F1. if you are a real F1 fan, dont think it twice, buy it now!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ramirez, 2 Feb. 2009
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Mr. P. C. Anderson "old boy racer" (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This is a great book, well written and informative. So much fact, and a few home truths about some star names in the sport.
One of the sport's few really good guys. Well worth the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From another racing man, 20 Oct. 2005
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Great guy, great book. It was a priviledge to work with him for 17 of his 18 years at McLaren. To an insider, no surprises, but admiration for Jo having the courage to write the bad as well as the good, in fact the truth. No one is spared. For anyone with an interest in the sport (which it once used to be) Jo's chronicle of some 30 years involvement is a MUST READ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ron Dennis was wrong, 14 Oct. 2011
When Ron Dennis told Jo Ramirez not to write a book he was dead wrong. This book is interesting, spans several decades and jumps straight in to the action.

Jo's story is a fantastic one.. it depicts his rise from the black sheep of the family in Mexico to his 18 years at McLaren and all of the big names along the way.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a truly brilliant book, 8 Nov. 2012
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Mexican-born Ramirez' F1 career has spanned roles with teams such as Eagle, Tyrrell, Copersucar (Fittipaldi), ATS and McLaren (with whom he spent close to 20 years), working as part of the team that came to enjoy dominance in the Senna/Prost era.

While he writes with great joy, humour and gratitude, there is no sugar-coating of his anecdotes and he certainly isn't afraid to pull any punches. Indeed, McLaren boss Ron Dennis urged him not to pen the book at all, and there are several stories about Dennis that are insightful to fans but no doubt embarrassing to the man himself.

But Ramirez doesn't hold grudges in his writing, there's simply a matter-of-fact style that makes the book a dream to read.

As Autosport's Nigel Roebuck said about him - "I never knew anyone with a greater love of racing than Jo Ramirez ~ and it comes through strongly in this book. Always a splendid raconteur, he has a fascinating story to tell."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review, 16 April 2011
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Great book! For once, a motor racing book that is worth reading. Jo Ramirez has a very long history in motor sport, and the story of his career is well detailed.
I had been thinking about purchasing this book for 12 months, and regret not obtaining it earlier.

Highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jo Ramirez comes across as an extremely nice guy and he gives a fascinating insight into what ..., 30 Oct. 2014
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I will echo all the positive reviews that have been written about this book. Jo Ramirez comes across as an extremely nice guy and he gives a fascinating insight into what goes on behind the scenes of F1, as well as his thoughts about some of the many drivers and team personnel that he has come across during his life. His comments about Ron Dennis are VERY interesting.

Even learning about the logistics of a team getting from race to race was fascinating.

I like F1 biographies like this. (Eddie Jordan gives a good insight into the financial wheelings and dealings, David Coulthard and Nigel Mansell tell it from a driver's perspective, Martin Brundle has written an excellent track guide, Steve Matchett tells the mechanic's story etc. etc.)

I thoroughly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jo Ramirez, or how you become an icon of the sport without being a racing driver !!, 23 Oct. 2014
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It is a really nice and easy to read book of an F1 icon (although not a F1 driver), you get dazzled by all famous/important people Jo has worked for/with or bumped into. Unfortunately people like Jo Ramirez seldom write their memoirs so you won't find a similar book! Gives the reader also an opportunity to see how car racing has evolved from the 60-ties on (also in fatalities). Original I wanted to know a little bit more about Jo's time with Ayrton Senna - which is my hero - but got much more interested in and respect for in Jo's career. A truly model Mexican to me
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