Perry McCarthy

The ‘original Stig' from Top Gear – one of Britain's top racing drivers

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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.


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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.

Books and DVDs

Below you'll find products by Perry McCarthy which may be available for purchase. Click the image to view on Amazon’s website. Clients often like to purchase books and other merchandise as autographed give-aways at events where Perry McCarthy is appearing. For bulk purchases, please speak with the Booking Agent handling your event.

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