Perry McCarthy (STIG)

Perry McCarthy The Original Stig at Great British Speakers

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.

After Dinner Speaker

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 before signing autographs (if required).

Business and Motivational Speaking

In the world of International Motor Racing, Perry McCarthy is known for his speed and humour. But he 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 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.

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 into 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.

Road Safety

Recent reports state that globally over 1.2 million people die on the road each year. If those deaths were caused by a disease it would be noted as an epidemic. Tens of millions of dollars have been spent in trying to understand the cause of collisions but a common cause is 'lack of due care and attention' which includes driver distraction.

Perry McCarthy is passionate about his message for the need to concentrate whilst driving, the need to focus, the need for judgement, the need to anticipate and the need for common sense, patience and consideration. His approach is not complicated. It is simple and adaptable by the everyday driver and is designed to saves lives. As always though, Perry's talks are fun and engaging but he uses that style to keep audience attention to pass on his serious messages.

Perry's achievements as a racing driver and his popularity as the original Stig from BBC Top Gear ensure he is listened to and, as the Police and other motoring organisations have commented, that has proven highly effective as a great way to encourage best driver attitudes. Perry is available to give corporate speeches and interviews on better driving, business driving and road safety.

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What the clients say:

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

Richard Farleigh. Investor and ex-Dragons’ Den

I have constant admiration on how he turns a no hope situation in to some sort of triumph

Damon Hill OBE. 1996 Formula One World Champion

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 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 of his speech! I am not sure how we will top this for next year!

Claire Burrows, Marketing Manager, De La Rue Identity Systems

Thank you so much for providing great entertainment and banter last week. We have had so many positive comments and feedback - the guys loved you!

Jill Moir. Head of Corporate Affairs & Communications, Talisman Sinopec Energy UK Limited

Just a short note to say thank you for being part of our kick off last week in Kuala Lumpur and I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did having you there. You and the team really connected which they appreciated immensely as some visitors get put off a little by this kind of attention however I know you’re not that shy!!Please keep in touch.

Bill Lisle. Chief Executive Officer. AIA Berhad.

"Perry was very well received by our audience. He did a great presentation that they could all relate to."

Pavilion Technologies

I have been delighted to work with Perry on a number of very high profile events for Auto Express magazine and he's always delivered the goods professionally and above all entertainingly, prepared to do that little bit extra to make things work. We'll be working together again soon and I look forward to it!

Phil Parker, Group Publishing Director, Auto Express & Evo

“Thanks Perry: like all good men, you rose to the occasion on the night! A spot-on speech, beautifully crafted with just the right amount of humour. Not only did an international audience welcome having you there as 'anchor-man', but our client appreciated the way you understood the message they wanted to deliver, and integrated this with top audience entertainment. And from our point of view, you were a (diamond) pleasure to work with."

Juliet Jarvis, Director of RSM ref Automobili Lamborghini event

A successful radio day was held to promote the results of a Garmin survey which revealed the ‘Top Ten Worst Roads in Britain’; the ‘Top Ten Best Roads in Britain’ and the ‘Top Five Most Memorable Drives’; as well as geographic and demographic comparisons. 16 interviews with Perry took place, resulting in coverage on radio stations including BBC Scotland, BBC Cumbria, BBC Cambridge, BBC Oxford and BBC Suffolk.

Hannah Mercer. Garmin

Those that have seen him race know he is F1 material. His hunger is as great as Senna and Mansell’s. F1 needs Perry as much as Perry needs F1

Chequered Flag Magazine

After Dinner Speech 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?

Graeme Taylor, Marketing Manager, 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

David Ingram - Audi PR Manager

‘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 change 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!


‘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

I just wanted to drop you a line to 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.

Charles March, 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!

Cherry Cooper – 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!

Mark Pinnock, Managing Director, Madasco

We had a great laugh all evening

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