Following a meeting with the legendry F1 co-ordinator and team manager in Spain, Alan (Plum) Tyndall is delighted to announce that the veteran of 479 Grand Prix will advise the Déjà vu management on the planning of our 2018 trip to the Carrera Panamericana.
After a course in mechanical engineering in Mexico City Jo followed his friend Ricardo Rodriguez to Europe in 1960. He first worked as apprentice mechanic for Scuderia Ferrari, but when Ricardo was killed in the Mexican GP in 1962, Jo moved to Maserati and later to Lamborghini to work on their new high performance road cars. In 1964 he transferred to England where he worked for Ford on the GT40, before joining Dan Gurney’s AAR Eagle F1 team in 1966.
During the 1960s and 70s Ramírez worked for many F1 teams – Tyrrell with Jackie Stewart and Francoise Cevert, Fittipaldi,Copersucar, Shadow, ATS, and Theodore before joining McLaren where he stayed for seventeen years. There as co-ordinator and later team manager he became close friends with many of their top drivers including Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen.
Since his retirement from F1, Jo has participated in the Carrera Panamericana many times and with his knowledge of the event and his contacts in Mexico he will be invaluable to us when making our plans for our trip in October 2018.