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Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy, former racing driver and 'The Stig' on Top Gear, overcame immense odds to succeed in motor racing and is now a sought-after speaker for his inspirational insights.


About Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy’s incredible story is legendary. He is a championship winning racing driver, best-selling author and was ‘The Stig’ from the BBC Top Gear motoring show. With over 1500 corporate appearances to date, Perry is in high demand to deliver inspirational and motivational speeches linking his unique experience and attitude to the world of business and its requirements.

From working 14 hours per day 7 days a week on North Sea oil rigs to fund his early career, to finally becoming a Grand Prix driver, he constantly overcame huge hurdles, including serious injury, to pursue his dream. Starting late in life and with no money, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone told McCarthy that his chances of making it to F1 were about a million to one against.

However, Perry’s bubbly character coupled with his determination, resilience, and absolute refusal to concede defeat beat those odds and has made him a highly popular personality within the sport.

Perry McCarthy entertains and engages audiences by speaking with passion and his famous humour and about the fiercely competitive demands of international motor racing and what it takes as an individual to beat the odds and create opportunities.

The Telegraph headlined him as ‘a new cult hero’ and America’s Sunday Express called him ‘a comedian locked inside a racing driver’s body.


Speech Topics

Motivation, Inspiration, Teamwork

Key Topics: 

  • Performance and Determination
  • Work Ethic and Resilience
  • Recognising and Creating Opportunities
  • Commitment and Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Marginal Gains
  • Data in Formula 1


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"Perry is extremely bright and witty. He has two traits I admire: the ability to simplify complicated explanations; and the ability to make people laugh."

Richard Farleigh, from TV’s Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank in US)

"I have constant admiration for how he turns a no hope situation into some form of triumph."

Damon Hill OBE, 1996 Formula One World Champion

"Perry McCarthy does for Formula One what Bill Bryson did for travel writing. But beneath the black humour and wisecracks – funny enough to make you laugh out loud in public – lies an inspiring and at times poignant tale of that rarest kind of racer: one who never gave up and was, literally, prepared to die trying."

The Independent on Sunday re Perry’s best-selling autobiography Flat Out Flat Broke

Perry McCarthy News

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