Perry McCarthy

  • The ‘original Stig' from BBC’s Top Gear

  • Once described as a 'comedian locked inside a racing driver's body’

  • His autobiography Flat Out, Flat Broke became a motor racing best seller

Show More Close
Perry McCarthy | NMP Live
About

Perry McCarthy came into the media spotlight as the ‘original’ Stig on the first two episodes of BBC’s global hit motoring programme Top Gear (2002-2003), which was exposed in his autobiography some years after departure from the show.

Now an established and highly sought-after name on the after dinner speaking circuit, Perry combines his experience as a Formula One driver with becoming the original Stig to delight audiences at home and abroad with either a hilarious after dinner speech or a captivating motivational address.

Perry McCarthy's rise through the ranks along with close 'Rat Pack' friends Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell, has been against all odds and in a sport dominated by finance he recalls how he 'started with nothing and then lost it all!'

Perry's exploits are well chronicled but when he is on the track his talent and determination shine through. His sense of humour is legendary and is frequently aired in his articles for leading publications and in his work as a TV commentator and programme presenter.

Perry'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' and America's Sunday Express described him as a 'comedian locked inside a racing driver's body.'

Perry literally clawed his way to the top with very little backing but, with talent, dedication, determination and that famous sense of humour he always gets everyone's attention. The fact that he was the original 'Stig' has a crowd cheering before he's even started talking!

His hilarious autobiography 'Flat Out, Flat Broke' launched in July 2002 (re-released June 2008) became a motor racing best seller and received rave reviews.

Speech Topics

In a career spanning over twenty five years, Perry McCarthy is still smiling and still fighting. However, away from the track, Perry has used his experiences to become a superb 'after dinner' and 'motivational' speaker who gives a highly amusing insight to the world's most glamorous sport.

Testimonials

On behalf of my colleagues at Ferguson Group, we would like to thank you very much for performing at our event at the Lemon Tree. We have received great feedback from our guests - they thoroughly enjoyed the evening and getting the chance to chat with you. We hope that it was a good night for you too. It was great meeting you and thank you kindly for all the books - very much appreciated.

Nicola Cruickshank - Ferguson Group Ltd

I have constant admiration how Perry McCarthy turns a no hope situation into some form of triumph.

Damon Hill, World Champion Formula One Driver

Perry McCarthy was superb speaker at our recent business conference and mixed the perfect dose of fast paced humour, interest, business messages and fun! The delegates loved it and bombarded him with over half an hour of questions during the open session at the end of his speech! I am not sure how we will top this for next year!

Claire Burrows, Marketing Manager, De La Rue Identity Systems

Perry received very positive feedback from the delegates who attended the conference such as 'Perry McCarthy lifted the event for the afternoon' and 'Perry's speech was fun and inspiring'. Perry was incredibly friendly and approachable; we enjoyed having him at the conference

University of Northampton

Perry McCarthy's talks never fail to impress, amuse and delight the audience... is there no end to this man's library of tales?

Graeme Taylor – Marketing Manager, Bang & Olufsen

I just wanted to thank you so much for organising Perry McCarthy to attend our Conference at the F1 Williams Centre on Thursday. He was charming, engaging and so funny - our delegates were delighted. He went far and above the call of duty, making the event so fun and memorable. His after dinner speech went down a storm and he captured the mood and the audience perfectly. Please extend my very sincere thanks to him and tell him he's gathered a raft of new fans!

Louise Willows - Rathbone Brothers Plc

While it’s all still hot off the press I wanted to thank Perry for his tremendous contribution to our Awards Evening. His willingness to support with whatever we needed, his openness to being available to everyone around him and, of course, his delight in delivering a guest speaker session that engaged and over-ran due to questions, was every penny what we hoped his involvement would achieve.

Briggs Equipment

Absolutely fantastic motivational speech from Perry McCarthy aka ‘The Stig’ at the Keyloop GTM Conference in Malta. Great story told by Perry and extremely inspiring. Thank you, Perry!

Keyloop

Books and DVDs

Clients often ask about purchasing books for giveaways and delegate packs. Below you’ll find a selection of products by Perry McCarthy. Click the images to view on Amazon's website. For bulk orders, please speak with your Booking Agent.

How to book Perry McCarthy for your event

To book Perry McCarthy, please submit an online enquiry to booking.agent@nmp.co.uk or contact one of our booking agents on +44 (0)20 3822 0003.

You may also be interested in...
Suzi Perry | NMP Live
Suzi Perry

Sports presenter and the face of BBC One's Formula 1 programming

Mike Gascoyne | NMP Live
Mike Gascoyne

One of the most renown technical directors and designers in Formula One

Quentin Willson | NMP Live
Quentin Willson

Former Top Gear presenter and Award-winning motoring journalist

Jason Barlow | NMP Live
Jason Barlow

Television motoring presenter and journalist (Wrong Car, Right Car & Top Gear)

Ben Collins | NMP Live
Ben Collins

Formerly Top Gear's The Stig, LeMans racing driver and Hollywood stunt driver

Mark Gallagher | NMP Live
Mark Gallagher

F1 senior management executive at Jordan, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth

You may also be interested in...
Suzi Perry | NMP Live
Suzi Perry

Sports presenter and the face of BBC One's Formula 1 programming

Mike Gascoyne | NMP Live
Mike Gascoyne

One of the most renown technical directors and designers in Formula One

Quentin Willson | NMP Live
Quentin Willson

Former Top Gear presenter and Award-winning motoring journalist

Jason Barlow | NMP Live
Jason Barlow

Television motoring presenter and journalist (Wrong Car, Right Car & Top Gear)

Ben Collins | NMP Live
Ben Collins

Formerly Top Gear's The Stig, LeMans racing driver and Hollywood stunt driver

Mark Gallagher | NMP Live
Mark Gallagher

F1 senior management executive at Jordan, Red Bull Racing and Cosworth

Really pleased with the service that we got from NMP Live Ltd.

Zahir White, Media Officer - Cats Protection
MORE TESTIMONIALS
Bookings and enquiries
Call +44 (0)20 3822 0003 or Email us

Need help and advice? | Want to join our roster?

MAKE AN ENQUIRY