Perry 'The Stig' McCarthy

Perry 'The Stig' McCarthy

  • The Original Stig from Top Gear
  • Ex Racing Driver
  • Motivational 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 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’.

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

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’

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 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. He delivers a high energy, hilarious presentation with some wonderful anecdotes about his fantastic career before bringing the subject on to his team working approach in Formula 1 and beyond. His lecture is both funny and insightful.

Key Topics

  • Performance, Hard Work, Determination
  • Resilience
  • Recognising and Creating Opportunities
  • Creating a Brand
  • Formula 1 Teamwork, Pursuit of Excellence and Marginal Gains
  • Competition, Commitment and Communication
  • Drive to Survive

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Thanks for your flexibility last week, the team really enjoyed having you there. Dinner and the event were great and I will not forget meeting the 'original' Stig.
Absolutely fantastic motivational speech from Perry McCarthy aka ‘The Stig’ at the Keyloop GTM Conference in Malta. Great story told by Perry and extremely inspiring. Thank you, Perry!
While it’s all still hot off the press I wanted to thank Perry for his tremendous contribution to our Awards Evening. His willingness to support with whatever we needed, his openness to being available to everyone around him and, of course, his delight in delivering a guest speaker session that engaged and over-ran due to questions, was every penny what we hoped his involvement would be.