The bad boy of British motor racing reveals all in a typically no-holds-barred account of his stellar career and riotous personal life. From winning multiple touring car championships to doing time in a Monaco prison cell, How Not to Be a Professional Driver is a jaw-dropping memoir of sporting brilliance and hedonistic excess.
My name is Jason Plato. Two-time championship-winning and record-breaking racing driver, television presenter, voiceover artist, pilot, bon viveur, hedonist, robber, former inmate of the Monaco police department and a living, breathing example of what you shouldn't do if you want to become a professional racing driver.
That's not some idiotic tabloid claim, by the way. That's genuinely who I am. I drink, I smoke, I don't go to the gym and I rarely stick to the script when talking to the media. Yet I'm still racing, and at the same level I was when I first won a seat with the Williams Touring Car Team over twenty years ago.
It's no coincidence that I've won more races in the British Touring Car Championship than any other driver and over twice as many as the drivers who've won more championships. Then again, it's also no coincidence that I once spent several days in prison in Monaco for stealing a JCB. There is nothing sensible, predictable or considered about me, I'm afraid. This is my story.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 550 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 30 mm
'Hilarious and outrageous' - Chris Evans
'Jason Plato is one of the most gifted racing drivers of his generation!' - Damon Hill
'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
'Jason is a total fruitcake!' - Jody Scheckter, Former F1 World Champion
'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
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This is a must for an Xmas gift for any motorsport fan excellent book, such a really great read
“What a great read, such a great guy.”
What a great read. So interesting and a lot of laughs along the way. I could just imagine Jason saying everything in his book. My husband is now going to read the book as he wondered why I was laughing all the way... More
“No holds barred testimony for how NOT to do it....”
A rip-roaring, high octane ride through the career of one of the most successful, unprofessional racing drivers to have graced British and international race circuits.
Jason Plato has clearly enjoyed his time behind... More
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