The ex-rally champion’s career has taken in stunt driving and Top Gear. She’s also faced her own fears in a boxing ring with gold medallist Nicola Adams, run marathons and climbed Kilimanjaro. She considers the nature of high performance, and the mindsets that hold people back. Along with serious matters of personal and team achievement she takes a lighter look at the motoring world, comparing cars to men and explaining that if you’re not crashing, you’re really not trying hard enough.
Penny Mallory’s professional experience as one of the country’s top rally drivers led to her driving the stunt cars for Nicole and Papa in the Renault Clio commercials. By the time she had graduated to presenting Top Gear Motorsport she was being referred to as the female Jeremy Clarkson.
With a love of cars from a young age, Penny always wanted to be involved in motorsport. However, a difficult period in her life saw her dropping out of school, homeless, and in a self-destructive cycle of alcohol and bad choices. Conscious that things could end badly, Penny forced herself to turn things around. She returned to her love of cars, raised sponsorship, and started to work her way up the rallying ranks. She started winning regional rallies and then set her sights on the world stage. With sponsorship from Wash & Go, and after only four years of racing Penny became National Ladies Champion and went on to become the first woman to drive in the World Rally Car classification.
Her driving success and irrepressible personality led to TV offers and alongside her time on Top Gear Motorsport she has presented Channel 4’s Driven, Behind the Ball, The Road Show and The Car Show. Taking her personal determination to other areas she’s also gone on to climb mountains, run marathons and even box with Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams.
Penny is an accomplished and powerful speaker, combining personal stories of overcoming challenges with practical insights in to achievement. Practising what she preaches, she speaks passionately about transforming your position whether to business audiences or in her work with disadvantaged groups, sportspeople and young people. She addresses the attitudes and mindsets that can hold back individuals and teams, looking at motivation, confidence and performance. Unsurprisingly, Penny has spoken for, amongst many other, Volvo, Daewoo and Jaguar.
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