Perry McCarthy

Ex-Formula 1 Driver & TopGear's Former Stig

Perry McCarthy enjoyed a diverse and extensive career in motorsport, which led him to become BBC producer’s first pick when choosing who to become the first ever ‘Stig’ on the hit BBC show TopGear. Perry has raced and tested in Formula One and Le Mans on numerous occasions, giving him an extensive knowledge of one of the world’s most intense and fastest sports. One of the most highly regarded motorsport speaker, Perry travels around the world giving humorous and insightful stories of his time on track as well as playing the mysterious role of Stig for the BBC.

Throughout Perry’s entire racing career, he was known for his endless hunger for victory, ferocious speed and determination to become the best. As an after-dinner speaker, Perry describes the focus and concentration needed to brush wheels with some of the most talented racing drivers the world has ever seen, as well as deliver anecdotal tales concerning some of stranger and more amusing moments of his time in the fast lane.

McCarthy’s quick wit and popularity have led to him being in high demand as a motorsport speaker around the world. During after-dinner speeches or question and answer sessions, Perry is happy to deliver comical sketches about many of his peers, including Lewis Hamilton, Nigel Mansell, Murray Walker and of course Jeremy Clarkson. Often described as a ‘comedian locked inside a racing driver’s body’, Perry is a hugely entertaining sports speaker that ensures your event is a success. With a career spanning over two decades, Perry has the ability to motivate and inspire listeners to be the best they can be and achieve their own goals.

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 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.

To book Perry McCarthy as the motorsports speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, Perry is known to cover the following topics:

  • Motorsport Speaker
  • Sports Speaker
  • Achieving Goals
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Risk & Reward
  • Broadcasting & Media

Take a look at Perry’s showreel, below:

See what people had to say about Perry, when he appeared at their corporate events:

“Perry was excellent both in his after-dinner speech and in his interaction with our staff and customers”. Caroline, Kubota

“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.” – Audi

“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 chance 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!” – Zycko

“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!GoodwoodThank 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.” – Metis Launch Event