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
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