Perry McCarthy (The Original Stig)
From Formula One to the small screen; from sporting champion to TV legend - Perry McCarthy left the fast lane to become the original Stig on Top Gear. A delight to after dinner audiences Perry shares his library of tales, entertaining an event. Combining witty Formula 1 anecdotes and motivational messages Perry is also great for business audiences.
From Formula One to the small screen; from sporting champion to TV legend - Perry McCarthy left the fast lane to become the original Stig on Top Gear. With serious business lessons to impart, about risk-taking, teamwork and success; and overflowing with priceless anecdotes from both careers, Perry’s skills as an after dinner speaker are equally matched with his talents as a keynote business speaker.
Perry only discovered a love of motor racing at the age of 18, but as a sport that requires enormous amounts of funding, he had to work on an oil rig for two years before he could get started. At the age of 21 others he was competing with were already winning Grand Prix – so Perry was on the back foot from day one.
With the constant problem of funding rearing its ugly head, and a reputation founded on his countless accidents – this young, hungry and determined sportsman was not willing to give up.
After literally knocking on doors in attempts to raise money to allow him to continue in the sport, Perry knocked his detractors sideways by winning the British Championships. And then he broke his back….
Perry’s 10-year fight to reach the pinnacle of the sport paid off in 1992 when he was chosen to drive for the fledgling Andrea Moda Formula One organisation. The dream turned into a nightmare as the team lurched from one catastrophe to the next.
With so much adversity, self-doubt and rejection blocking his path to success, Perry refused to give up. Believing he was good enough to do it was the only was he could face the obstacles head-on, and ride through the ranks, he has also written about these trails and triumphs in his autobiography.
Perry’s exuberant personality and sharp humour, combined with his complete refusal to surrender to failure have made him popular with corporate audiences, as well as with the press. The Telegraph labelled him as ‘a new cult hero’ and America’s Sunday Express described him as a ‘comedian locked inside a racing driver’s body’.
Sharing his story across the world, Perry is highly sought-after on the corporate circuit.