How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver

Narrated by: Jason Plato
Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-18-20

Jason Plato nearly made me crash!

I’ve listened to a lot of racing driver and motor racing related audiobooks lately and some of them contain some pretty wild and raucous stories, not least those about Kimi Raikkonen or pit crews, etc, as you might expect, however they all seem so tame when you hear the stories from Mr Plato in this book!
WARNING: Do not listen to this audiobook whilst driving or operating machinery! I did and nearly crashed at least twice as I was laughing so hard, also difficult to see when you have tears streaming from your eyes as a result of some hysterically funny story. Totally brilliant. Even if you have no interest in motor racing or Jason Plato you should still listen to this book, it is seriously entertaining. In an era when many sports people have become very ‘corporate’, here is a real character with some amazing stories which also expose some of those ‘corporate’ characters in the world of motorsport as the complete nutters they really are when the cameras are not on them. You may be surprised! Very, very funny!
I’m sure there are plenty more stories in Jason’s vault and I look forward to the sequel... ;)

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  • Mr Peter S Kowal
  • 02-07-20

Great stuff

Great book I really enjoyed the flow and anecdotes. Thoroughly recommend giving it a listen.

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  • Ed Holder
  • 02-07-20

Great stuff

very enjoyable. well read. over too quickly. funny in places. would love to go for a pint with him

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  • rob
  • 02-02-20

No wonder.....

Why Jason has won the most touring car races!
Such a brilliant book, narrated brilliantly by mr Plato himself
If I had to save one audible book from the waves(yeah that series) it would be this one...
I’d purchase it just for the Schumacher story!
Thank you Jason for making a crap month, a lot better 😀

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  • gageybluez
  • 01-25-20

brilliant insight to j.p. and the BTTC <br />thank you<br />

Loved J.P's relaxed manner and listening to all of his trials and tribulations.... thanks alot

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  • Andy
  • 01-15-20

Just brilliant

If you like Jason Plato you will enjoy this book. I could not stop listening and giggling. Just brilliant

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-20

Incredible listen

more than just about racing! brilliant insight into the highs and lows, definitely my favourite autobiography thus far!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-04-20

fun book

it was great and funny and insightful on Jason's life. you understand how expensive is motorsports and how cracky is Jason!

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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.