After 14 years in Formula 1 and BTCC with Williams and Jaguar, and many before that working in atomic research and cryogenic labs, John takes responsibility for freezing international man of mystery Austin Powers way back in the 1960s.
All jokes aside, the Englishman is one of international motorsport's most revered brains and his stint at Triple Eight is his second V8 Supercars assignment.
After accepting an offer to join new team FPR as head engineer in 2003, John was lured to Brad Jones Motorsport in 2005 before returning to Formula 1 with Williams for four seasons in 2007.
All but lost to V8 Supercars but still with a keen interest, a call from long-time BTCC adversary Roland Dane promising fame and fortune captured John's attention and he has been director of engineering and production at Triple Eight since 2011.
If there's anything he doesn't know, it's not worth knowing. Or, Dutto will tell you he knows it.