Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy

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The Original Stig

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Top Gear’s original Stig, Perry was once dubbed the world’s unluckiest driver. He fought tooth and nail to survive a chronic lack of sponsorship, an uncompetitive machine and the odd shunt.


Perry McCarthy is a championship winning racing driver, best-selling author and was the original The Stig from Top Gear. From working fourteen hours a day seven days a week on North Sea oil rigs to fund his early career, to finally becoming a Grand Prix driver, Perry constantly overcame huge hurdles, including serious injury, to pursue his dream.

Starting late in life and with no money, Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone told Perry his chances of making it to F1 were about a million to one against. However, his determination, resilience, and absolute refusal to concede defeat beat those odds and made Perry him a highly popular personality within the sport.

Perry entertains and engages audiences by speaking with passion and humour about the fiercely competitive demands of international motor racing and what it takes as an individual to beat the odds and create opportunities. In his motivational speeches he links his experience and attitude to the world of business and its requirements.

The Telegraph described Perry as ‘a new cult hero’ and America’s Sunday Express called him ‘a comedian locked inside a racing driver’s body.

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Perry on Determination and Wanting to Win