Perry McCarthy – Original Stig
Perry McCarthy – Original Stig 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 McCarthy 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. Book through Conference Speakers
Perry McCarthy – Original Stig
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
In the world of International Motor Racing, Perry McCarthy-Original Stig 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 motor sport 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 in to 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. Follow CSI on Twitter
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 adoptable 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 ensures 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 McCarthy – Original Stig is available to give corporate speeches and interviews on better driving, business driving and road safety.
Perry McCarthy – Original Stig
1. After dinner
Bang & Olufsen UK have used Perry McCarthy – Original Stig 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
A good, lively speaker who went down well and was very popular with the audience. A lot of time before, between and after shows were spent talking and having photos taken with people.
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
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
2. Motivational Speeches
Perry McCarthy-Original Stig received very positive feedback from the delegates who attended the conference such as ‘Perry McCarthy lifted the event for the afternoon’ and ‘Perry’s speech was fun and inspiring’. Perry was incredibly friendly and approachable; we enjoyed having him at the conference’
University of Northampton
Perry was very well received by our audience. He did a great presentation that they could all relate to.’
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
Perry McCarthy – Original Stig, 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
Perry McCarthy – Original Stig was the ideal choice, his endorsement of the programme generated huge media coverage and interest throughout the country.
Working with Perry was an absolute pleasure. He really understood and cared about what the programme aimed to achieve and he employed enthusiasm and professionalism throughout. An enigmatic character Perry is also a superb speaker and this mixed with likability and his dynamic style, made him the perfect ambassador for our company on this occasion.
Public Affairs and Communications Manager
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
To support the campaign, Bridgestone teamed up with Perry McCarthy the original ‘Stig’ of Top Gear to provide advice to motorists on ensuring their cars are fit to take to the road.
“Perry was a first class choice in communicating our findings and message, and was able to deliver in an entertaining and informative way to our target of 20 UK radio stations in one day”
Master of Ceremonies
Perry’s motor sport successes mirrored his guest speaking acumen he would have been a world champion many times over! 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
“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
Perry McCarthy – Original Stig decided at the age of 18 that he wanted to reach the top in the world’s most expensive sport. With no racing experience, no cash, and little going for him except a passion for speed, the exuberant Cockney shouldn’t have stood a chance. He never gave up, however, and his relentless search for backing and recognition led the man The Times dubbed ‘the world’s unluckiest racing driver’ to heroic, often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking efforts to make it into Formula 1. This is his autobiography.