Perry McCarthy is a former F1 driver and the original ‘Stig’ from Top Gear.
Perry was one of Britain’s top racing drivers and is now part of motor racing folklore!
McCarthy’s rise through the ranks along with close friends Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell, was against all odds and in a sport dominated by finance – he recalls how he ‘started with nothing and then lost it all!’
Throughout his career, Perry was renowned for his speed and determination, but also for his sense of humour and sideways look at life.
His quick wit and ability to deride himself, and others, has entertained spectators, race guests and even rival teams and drivers, in pit lanes, paddocks… and bars across the world.
McCarthy’s bubbly personality and absolute refusal to concede defeat have made him popular with the press.
- The Telegraph headlined him as ‘a new cult hero’
- The Times called him ‘the world’s unluckiest racing driver’
- America’s Sunday Express described him as a ‘comedian locked inside a racing driver’s body’.
His popularity has since catapulted him into being in high demand as an after dinner speaker for large and small corporations all over the world.
With his unique and alluring style, Perry McCarthy engages audiences with hilarious anecdotes and tales of highs and lows.
Perry’s speeches are fast paced and include stories about his role as the original Stig, his rise to Formula One, some misadventures at 200 miles per hour and comic sketches on Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Nigel Mansell, Murray Walker and of course… Jeremy Clarkson.
As an F1 motivational speaker, Perry links his racing experiences and passionate attitude to provide entertaining and insightful presentations.
His attitude and his story have been inspirational. His determination and opportunism are recognised as second to none.
“I have constant admiration for how he turns a no hope situation in to some sort of triumph”
Damon Hill OBE, 1996 F1 World Champion
Perry can tailor his speeches to support your key messages.