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Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy is quite simply unique. He is an ex Formula One driver, he is a bestselling author and he was the original secret racing driver from BBC Top Gear ‘The Stig’. Perry combines his famous sense of humour and his experiences of rising to the top against the odds to entertain audiences worldwide with hilarious after dinner speeches or captivating business and motivational addresses.

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Biography

Perry McCarthy is quite simply unique. He is an ex Formula One driver, he is a bestselling author and he was the original secret racing driver from BBC Top Gear ‘The Stig’. Perry combines his famous sense of humour and his experiences of rising to the top against the odds to entertain audiences worldwide with hilarious after dinner speeches or captivating business and motivational addresses.

Throughout his entire motor racing career, Perry was renowned not just for his speed and determination, but for his sense of humour and sideways look at life.

His quick wit and ability to deride himself, and others, has entertained spectators, race guests and even rival teams and drivers, in pit lanes, paddocks and bars across the world.

His popularity has since catapulted him into being in high demand for large and small corporations all over the world. With his unique and alluring style, Perry engages audiences with hilarious anecdotes and tales of highs and lows.

Perry’s speeches are fast paced and include stories about his role as the original Stig (from Top Gear), his rise to Formula One, some misadventures at 200 miles per hour and comic sketches on Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Nigel Mansell, Murray Walker and of course, Jeremy Clarkson.

Perry happily invites audiences to ask him questions about cars, driving, Top Gear and Formula One.

Perry is also famous for his determination, opportunism and deal making abilities. His motto is “Whatever it takes”

Such was his intent that Perry worked on North Sea Oil Rigs for two years to fund the start of his journey to Grand Prix. Then as his progression upward through the ranks of international motor sport demanded more finance, instead of saying “this is impossible” he relentlessly sought the necessary sponsorship to make his dream of becoming a Grand Prix driver come true. There were many difficult times for Perry and his young family but he would not give up, either on or off the track, always finding a way to make things happen.

His attitude and his story have been inspirational. Damon Hill, 1996 F1 World Champion, said of McCarthy “I have constant admiration for how he turns a no hope situation in to some sort of triumph”

Perry is in high demand to give business and motivational speeches. He links his experience and passionate attitude, along with his behind the scenes knowledge of the Formula One world, to provide a highly entertaining and insightful platform tailored to support the client’s key event messages.

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Testimonials

“Bang & Olufsen UK have used Perry McCarthy on many occasions as a guest speaker for our highly discerning customer network. Perry’s talks never fail to impress, amuse and delight the audience … is there no end to this man’s library of tales?”
Bang & Olufsen

“With Perry you can always guarantee that your guests are going to have a fun time. His ability to grab everyone’s attention and make them laugh has ensured that we book him on a regular basis.”
Audi

“Very entertaining speech by Perry. Great that he used short stories to entertain. It was good to see Perry mingling with the guests afterwards so they had the chance to ask him questions on an informal basis. Much appreciated and would recommend him for future work.”
HBOS Legal Dinner

“Perry went down a storm at our event, he was very easy to get along with and interacted with many people. The Q&A session he did after his talk could have gone on for hours as people had so many questions for him!”
Zycko

“Perry was a fantastic speaker, extremely animated and made the event. His speech was very entertaining and basically made everyone laugh – a really great choice!”
Metis Launch Event

“Thank you so much for the brilliant drivers’ briefing you did for the Revival. You had everyone in stitches and as far as Stirling Moss was concerned, it was definitely the highlight of his whole weekend – he talked about nothing else. Your future as an entertainer is definitely assured! Thanks so much for bringing such a light touch to the proceedings and very much hope to see you soon.”
Goodwood

“Perry is the most fantastic after lunch speaker – extremely entertaining, exciting and humorous. The question and answer session was absolutely brilliant with participation from the whole room – not in the least contrived in any way. The rapport he had with his “audience” was nothing short of brilliant!”
Kerneos Limited

“Grand Prix Tours offers complete packages for race fans to go and see the races and includes cocktail parties hosted by race celebrities as part of the race weekend. Perry has hosted many of our race preview parties and is always very candid, informative and extremely entertaining. Perry’s talks are always a highlight of the race weekend and our clients love him!”
Grand Prix Tours

“All our guests had so much fun. The chance to challenge the original Stig proved irresistible and is something they’ll remember for a very long time!”
Madasco

“We had a great laugh all evening.”
Car Care Plan

“A good, lively speaker who went down well and was very popular with the audience. A lot of time before, between and after shows were spent talking and having photos taken with people.”
P&O Cruises

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