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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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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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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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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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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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'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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Great book and a right good laugh

I didn’t know what to expect with this audiobook but as a huge BTCC fan I thought I’d give it a go.

Glad I did. Full of funny and emotional stories about JP. I never really followed him as a driver in the BTCC but was a fan of his driving and appreciated what he had achieved.

However, this book brought a whole new respect to me for him. Knows he wants something and goes for it all guns blazing.

I can’t give anything away but some absolutely brilliant stories in there. Obviously the one where JP ambushes Sir Frank Williams is in there. And was great to hear a full length documented story behind how it unfolded.

If you’re a fan of BTCC or fancy a laugh, mostly at other peoples expense then this is a great one!

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fantastic

Excellent book and brilliant narration. Jason reminded me of me back in the day. very funny man and very skilled too. enjoyed every minute...

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JP you little fighter

Awesome loved it! what a guy, what a book!
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Self love!

I’ve read very many autobiography’s from world class sportsman and never have I read one before where the author is so big headed. He’s guaranteed to never suffer from piles as the sun clearly shines out his arse.

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bloody good fun

such a good book, read by the man himself, definitely one of my favourites and a must for a fan of the btcc and motorsport in general

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  • 30-10-21

Love it!!

Thoroughly enjoyed every single word.
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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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  • Matt Chapman
  • 31-01-20

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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  • 16-01-20

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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  • B. Wenners
  • 09-12-19

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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  • MsLadyAlice
  • 10-11-19

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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  • Shopper Number 9678
  • 20-09-19

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.