• How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver

  • By: Jason Plato
  • Narrated by: Jason Plato
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (64 ratings)

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How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver

By: Jason Plato
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Two-time championship-winning and record-breaking racing driver Jason Plato is a living, breathing example of what you shouldn't do if you want to become a professional racing driver:

Do not:

  • Almost kill Bernie Ecclestone
  • Give Prince Charles the finger on the M42
  • Choose fags and booze over the gym
  • Steal a JCB in Monaco and end up in prison there - twice
  • Make enemies with a 6' 6" rival who is a black belt in everything.

Since joining the Williams Touring Car team in 1997 it's no coincidence that he has had more race wins than Lewis Hamilton and Stirling Moss, competed in more races than Jenson Button and set the largest number of fastest laps ever. But it's also no coincidence that he once spent several days in prison in Monaco for stealing a JCB. He's a rule breaker who has had more than his fair share of near-death experiences, drunken escapades and more. Yet he's still racing. 

There is nothing sensible, predictable or considered about Jason, but this is how he became a racing legend. 

©2019 Jason Plato (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Brilliant!

Loved every minute of it. Not a savory character all steps of the way but a pretty honest and funny story about raw talent, grit, and incredible lasting career and a VERY smart business man. I loved it

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Narration Good; Overall Bad

Overall the story revolves around Plato and his life versus the actual driving and racing. As the book moves forward with his personal storyline, it becomes more arrogant and eventually borderline cocky. Plato's narration truly snuggles and complements the overall theme of the book. From a voice actor's perspective, very good work.

Other books which share the genre with "How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver" such as "When You Dead, You Dead" and "The Mechanic" include some form of technical information and insight in the world of professional racing. The reader will be hard pressed to find any such material in this book.

If you are interested in a telenovela-like story about a progressively more narcissistic driver, then this book is worth a shot.

If what you are after is a proper techincal, logistical and corporate insight of the world of professional racing, there is nothing here.

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Love it!!

Thoroughly enjoyed every single word.
Love the content
Love the detailed story.
Have been a huge fan for years so the behind the scenes explanations are very inviting and provide clarity and context.
And I love the accent and the language used.
Thank you

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If you love racing and a good laugh

Admittedly, I did not know who Jason Plato was before downloading this book. I've never seen an episode of Fifth Gear and the British Touring Car series doesn't get any coverage stateside. I was headed to the Rolex 24 race in Daytona and wanted to get myself in the racing mood, so to speak. The reviews (which turned out to be true) pushed me over the edge.

This audiobook is delightfully entertaining. Jason's delivery is spot on, and he knows how to keep his audience engaged throughout. From party tricks with Michael Schumacher to run-ins with the Monaco police, there are many memorable stories that had me rolling on the floor laughing. 5/5 and don't tell me otherwise.

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excellent story, from the beginning to the end

absolutely great stuff, excellent story, have since listened to it three times so far...what a life , cheers mate..💯🇬🇧😁

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Wish it was longer

I'm already a racing fan. Knew the name but don't get to see JP here in the states much (damn TV). Loved the stories! And I also feel I know more British "slang" (no, it's not a foreign language JP is speaking) and general words. I came away from this book wanting more JP.

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worth the listen for sure!

Love this book and even better being read my Plato himself! For anyone into racing this is a must

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The funniest book about racing out there.

I had a lot of laughs listening to it, especially since it’s read by JP himself. Plato is an absolute legend on and, as I just learned, off track as well. What a trooper of a driver, drinker, and story teller. I was a big fan of him as a driver before, now I am just a fan of him. Legend.

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  • Scott Woodwiss
  • 09-19-19

Brilliantly entertaining and funny!

I've been looking forward to this book, and boy was it worth the wait. I've always been a fan of Jason and his book was everything it set out to be. Some great anecdotes, facts I never knew and some incredibly funny moments. Have to say it's one of the only audiobooks I've laughed out loud at. His impressions of Frank Williams, Colin McRae and others are hilarious and I've already finished the entire book in one day. Definitely won't be the first time I listen to it. Bravo, Mr Plato! 😂👍🏁

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  • FlibbertyGibbet
  • 03-28-21

Comes across as very boorish

The anecdotes are okay, but generally Plato comes across as boorish and nothing is ever his fault. Portrays himself as a maverick jack the lad and skirts around elements of his privileged unbringing to try and take himself from private school to "man of the people" but over the course of the book his 'never my fault' attitude grates.

Not particularly insightful, essentially a pound shop Jeremy Clarkson who comes across as a bit of a prick throughout. Good to see the author read it himself but there's so little depth to any event discussed beyond "not my fault, he's an idiot and deserved it".

The narration is decent but unless you're a die hard Fifth Gear or BTCC fan I really wouldn't bother. He drinks, smokes fags, is the life and soul of the party, best pals with everyone more prestigious in the motor racing world and would have made it bigger if only he was richer is this book in a nutshell.

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  • bdr
  • 05-08-20

Best book I have listened to

Great stories and funny throughout. Narration kept you interested. Listened to a number of books this is my favourite

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  • Jay Gill
  • 04-26-20

A proper good giggle

Been a fan of JP since I was a kid and when I heard he was working on a book I was really excited and waited eagerly for its release. I was not disappointed and absolutely loved his outrageously hilarious stories both before and during his racing career.

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  • The i-MC
  • 11-17-19

'PL-J'

First off; I have a confession to make: I shared some quality time with this boy - secondly I am also good friends with his nemesis Matt-y Neal, but this is a brilliant story - and fantastically well told. Especially if you know 'PL-J'. The man has an incredible energy, and I'm always glad to see him. We worked together for years, such funny times. Racing was a common thread that bound all of us together - and I wouldn't have missed it for anything. He made his dreams come true through talent and sheer 'suss' - is one of the finest hustlers the sport has ever seen, and is great, irreverent company. It's an epic story, and it's still being written. This is Plate-Job: I'm in my car, 1.30AM in the morning, heading from Silverstone to Exeter, long way, dead tired. I get a phone call on my mobile hands-free. At 1.30AM ... ? I play in a covers band. The caller doesn't know I'm on the road; I could be in bed. It's a slightly geordie-sounding 'Simon Cowell', apparently he wants to book me for 'Pop Idol'? We have a hysterical half hour conversation. Only Jason Plato. I love the man. Read the book. It's the real deal - and so is he #hardcoreracer

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-22

pla to the end

amazing, best audio book I've heard to date, thanks Jason plato, wasn't much of a fan until listening to this, great story, great insights and read by the man himself, the way it should be

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  • Lynda
  • 10-15-22

Love him.

This book was just amazing. I did laughter loads. Very surprised as well. We need another book Jason.

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  • andrew lockwood
  • 10-09-22

Great!

a good book we'll read by then himself. really brought BTCC to life. enjoyed it

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  • matt
  • 09-10-22

What a book

A brilliant look into the life of one of the most popular racecar drivers .
This book kept me listening from start to finish and also not wanting it to end. I hope he does another

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  • Nurf Herder
  • 09-10-22

truly exceptional

as a massive btcc fan, this was a must. JP tells his hilarious story with real panache and shows how he can turn his hand to anything. This audio book also cemented my dislike for team dynamics lol.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-20

What can I say, I loved it.

Firstly, I must say having Jason read the book added to the experience, as he was telling his own stories you could hear the expression in his voice. It was a balls n all & at times cheeky tell all, filled with much comedy, and good hard racing stories. This book would appeal to any fan of Motorsport.

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  • Looshbaby
  • 10-01-19

An absolute hoot.

Tastefully irreverent, hilarious from start to finish. One of the best motor racing biographies put out there.