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The Original Stig & After Dinner Speaker

Perry McCarthy is an entertaining after-dinner speaker and an inspiring motivational speaker, best known to many as the original Stig from the BBC show Top Gear.

Perry is an ex-Formula one driver who drove for Andrea Moda in 1992 and tested for both Williams and Benetton in the 1990s before moving into sportscars, including driving in the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times between 1996 and 2003.The then went onto be the secret racing driver from BBC Top Gear ‘The Stig.’

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 motorsport 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.

In 2002, he released his autobiography entitled Flat Out, Flat Broke, in which he spoke about his time in Formula One and, in the second edition, his work for the BBC’s Top Gear motoring show as The Stig. Perry was the original, black-suited Stig, who left after the first two series.

He went on to commentate for the BBC in 2009 on some F1 races.


Perry McCarthy is a keynote speaker and after dinner speaker –

• After Dinner Speaking – Perry speeches 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 stories on some F1 greats including Michael Schumacher, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Nigel Mansell, Murray Walker the world of International Motor Racing.

• Motivational Speaking- Perry 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 – including working as a team, overcoming adversity, risk-taking


Overcoming Adversity


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.