How Not to Be a Professional Racing Driver
Jason Plato

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Narrated By: Jason Plato

Duration: 8 hours and 2 minutes

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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:

· 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 6ft 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.


Autobiography: sport, Memoirs, Car racing, Motorcycle racing, Motor cars: general interest, Sport: general, Extreme sports

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Pure entertainment . . . So much fun . . . His journey from outrageous teenage hijinks to the rough-and-tumble of driver feuding tends to prompt involuntary reading noises, be they barks of laughter or gasps at his audacity

Guardian, Best Sports Books of 2019

Hilarious and outrageous

Chris Evans

As entertaining as watching him drive, a cracking read!

Sir Chris Hoy

I read this in the hope that it would teach me everything I need to know so that one day I can become a racing driver although I think I may have left it too late...

Howard Donald, Take That

Top class chauffeur, sublime broadcaster, ultimate party honey badger. These are the qualities I know and adore about JP. He taught me how to nail a hot lap around Rockingham and I've been in a speed jive ever since. Jason can burn the candle at both ends and in the middle yet still deliver the business.

Suzi Perry, Fifth Gear

Jason Plato is one of the most gifted racing drivers of his generation!

Damon Hill

Jason is a total fruitcake!

Jody Scheckter, Former F1 World Champion


iNews, The best Christmas car gifts

Plato is adept at telling a story. Totally authentic. There's plenty of laughs to be had and insight on offer


It makes for one of the great sporting life stories . . . Forget everything you thought about sports stars and any expectations of sports autobiographies. Plato is truly an unconventional sportsman, and this is truly an unconventional autobiography, but it is all the better for being so

NB Magazine

The frank autobiography of British Touring Car Championship legend

Motorsport News, Christmas Gift Guide

There's plenty of laughs to be had and insight on offer

Motorsport News

An account of a larger-than-life character whose life outside of the car is just as exhilarating as in it