Patrick Ramacier, Jr.
The picture below is of him and his race car. This was taken in January or February of 1971. He raced on frozen lakes throughout Minnesota as a Hobby racer. He was his own mechanic as well. He loved auto racing and instilled in his son a love for Formula One and Sports Car racing.
They took family camping trips to Donnybrooke Speedway just outside Brainerd, Minnesota where they saw CamAm, Formula 5000, and other SCCA races. Patrick was a big Jackie Stewart and Mark Donohue fan. Today, you will find his son Rick enjoying his passion for racing at Laguna Seca — be it IMSA, Historic Racing, Indy Car, etc. as a spectator.
The main picture is of Patrick at his office in 1990. He was a mechanical engineer. At this job, he was engineering couplings to safely secure blood samples moving from one place to another for use by health workers treating AIDS patients. In 1990, this was pioneering new work.
Another highlight, was his work designing the chassis for the Bradley GT kit car around 1973 and ’74. He personally led a tour of the Bradley GT assembly plant for Al Unser, Sr. when Al purchased his custom-built car. Patrick took great pride in telling the story of how on this tour, Al told my Dad he was crazy to race cars on frozen lakes. My Dad told Al that he was the crazy one for driving single-seaters within inches of the walls of Indy at 200 mph. They both shared a good laugh over this, according to Patrick. Throughout Patrick’s career as an engineer, he was granted five US patents.
Patrick was smart, funny, and a very loving man to his family. He had a passion for racing, fishing, good wine and good food. Alzheimer’s took his life in 2015 after a 14-year battle, and we still miss him greatly and think of him often every day!