Marc Priestley is a motivational speaker from the world of F1 racing.
AKA ‘Elvis’, Marc worked as an F1 race mechanic, pit-stop crew member and in team management at one of F1’s most successful organisations, McLaren Racing, for almost a decade.
He’s stood in the pit-lane as cars approach at motorway speeds, stopping centimetres away, where he and his team came together in perfect synchronicity to change tyres in 2.5 seconds.
Marc has worked with an impressive list of drivers including many World Champions such as Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
Marc is the host of Discovery Channel’s Driving Wild and co-host of The F1 Report on Sky Sports F1 HD. He’s also the technical pundit for ITV4’s FIA Formula E coverage.
Marc has also joined car dealer Mike Brewer to buy, transform and sell cars, vans, motorbikes and even a horsebox on Discovery’s Wheeler Dealers: Dream Car. The series features a selection of deals as they work tirelessly to build a budget to buy a dream car.
F1 Motivational Speaker:
Marc now shares his race team experiences and knowledge through different outlets in television, radio, online and printed media, as well as delivering keynote presentations as a motivational speaker to businesses and conferences.
“Marc Priestley was excellent – so engaging, and everyone was fascinated by him. We could have easily listened for a lot longer! I would not hesitate to recommend him. He was the highlight of the day.”
In one sense an F1 team is similar to any other business. However, it’s also different in many ways and can offer particular lessons in areas such as marginal gains, rapid productivity, image portrayal, data analysis, leadership and of course, teamwork.
Marc was an integral part of these processes for so long and has seen, first hand, how they impact a company, making him ideally placed and educated to impart these lessons.
Marc ‘Elvis’ Priestley The Mechanic:
Marc’s book ‘The Mechanic’, is a look into what goes on behind the scenes of an F1 team.
It’s not all tweaking machinery in wind tunnels and crunching data through high-spec computers. These highly skilled technicians also like to let their hair down – the F1 world thrills on and off the track.
It features stories and eye-opening insight into some of the biggest successes and scandals of the last few years.