The Original Stig & After Dinner Speaker
Perry McCarthy’s incredible story is legendary. He is a championship winning racing driver, best-selling author and was ‘The Stig’ from the BBC Top Gear motoring show. With over 1500 corporate appearances to date, Perry McCarthy is in high demand to deliver inspirational and motivational speeches linking his unique experience and attitude to the world of business and its requirements.
From working on North Sea oil rigs to becoming a Grand Prix driver, he constantly overcame huge hurdles, including serious injury, to pursue his dream. In fact, according to F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, with no financial backing, ‘the odds of Perry actually reaching F1 were about a million to one’.
Perry McCarthy’s bubbly character coupled with his determination, resilience, and absolute refusal to concede defeat has made him a highly popular personality within the sport and as a keynote speaker.
The Telegraph headlined him as ‘a new cult hero’ and F1 World Champion Damon Hill said; ‘I have constant admiration on how he turns a no hope situation into some sort of triumph’
Perry McCarthy entertains and engages audiences by speaking with humour and passion, about the fiercely competitive demands of international motor racing and what it takes as an individual and as a team to survive and progress in it.
Richard Farleigh, from TV’s Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank in US) commented: Perry is extremely bright and witty. He has two traits I admire: the ability to simplify complicated explanations; and the ability to make people laugh.
The Independent on Sunday published: Perry McCarthy does for Formula One what Bill Bryson did for travel writing. But beneath the black humour and wisecracks – funny enough to make you laugh out loud in public – lies an inspiring and at times poignant tale of that rarest kind of racer: one who never gave up and was, literally, prepared to die trying.’
Perry McCarthy is a keynote speaker and after dinner speaker. Key speaking topics include –
- Performance, Hard Work, Determination
- Recognising and Creating Opportunities
- Creating a Brand
- Formula 1 Teamwork, Pursuit of Excellence and Marginal Gains
- Competition, Commitment and Communication
- Drive to Survive
Perry McCarthy, race driver, author, raconteur, and Business speaker are but a few of his skills - believe everything you hear about him, and more! Perry is a larger than life character who has proved time and again that life holds no fears for him. He tackles each new hurdle with his own unique blend of tenacity and irreverent humour. I think he should run for Prime Minister!
— Johnny Bute. Mount Stuart
ING used Perry extensively during our inaugural year as a Formula One sponsor to help provide an insight for both our media guests and key clients. Perry's natural blend of knowledge, expertise, and enthusiasm, coupled with humour and an engaging style enabled him to put complex subjects across easily and succinctly to a non-expert audience. He was a popular hit with clients and media, whether public speaking to large groups or giving technical explanations on a one-on-one basis. Perry was subsequently adopted by other business areas within the ING group, such as ING Life Insurance Russia and ING Real Estate in Holland, to successfully promote individual events and campaigns.
— Jon Tracey. PR Director, ING F1 Sponsorship Programme
Perry was a 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.
— Claire Burrows, Marketing Manager, De La Rue Identity Systems