Authors Spotlight: Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy is an ex Formula One racing driver and was the original ‘Stig’ from the BBC Top Gear TV show. Flat Out Flat broke is his hilarious and internationally acclaimed autobiography which takes you on Perry’s roller-coaster adventure as he battled on and off the race tracks of the world to fulfil his dream of Grand Prix stardom. One of the best selling motor racing books of all time, Perry’s story will have you on the edge of your seat either on the verge of tears or howling with laughter at both his bizarre misfortune and his triumphs against the odds. Don’t miss it, it’s the life story of a battler, a maestro in so many disciplines. But overall Perry McCarthy knows how to recover from failure and create success. From working on oil rigs to fame as The Stig, Flat Out Flat Broke is an utterly fascinating read and you will see why even other racing drivers affectionately call him ‘Mad Dog’!

Perry McCarthy’s hilarious autobiography Flat Out, Flat Broke, has already become a motor racing best seller and has received rave reviews


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The text book account of how the path to Formula 1 is strewn with obstacles.
PM is really the Eddie The Eagle of Formula 1 but had success in the lower formulas and sports car racing in the States. I watched him race from FF1600 forward to F3/3000 and he was quick but never really had the sponsorship or resources to buy into the top teams.
No doubt he was very talented but that is not enough in motorsport for all but the lucky few, money is vital to success.
For a F1 success story read Webber/Mansell/Herbert/Hill new books, for pure entertainment, read this.
A disaster movie has got nothing on this story. PM is somewhat of a legend. 5 stars.

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This book is, simply put, amazing. It’s a gripping read for racing fans as well as neophytes. How, I hear you ask? Well, because at heart, it’s a book about a man who was willing to go to hell and beyond to pursue his dream. It’s a tale of “never say die” “no, I won’t lie down and give up” in its purest form, and that’s why it’s appealing to fans and non-fans of racing alike, because we all love to root for the underdog, and we love to see him or her triumph. It’s also very well-written, full of humor and English wit. This book is a roller coaster ride through the ladders of junior Motorsport all the way to Formula 1, a sport known for its ruthlessness, and to spit out regularly those not strong enough to thrive at the highest level. Once in a while though, characters with such determination, grit, and craziness (the man is nicknamed mad dog after all, and you’ll find out why) that instead of giving up, they are determined to reach these heights regardless. This is the story of Perry McCarthy, a man that knew/knows no fear, no limits and was willing to go the extra millions of miles needed to achieve his dream of racing in Formula 1. It certainly didn’t turn out the way he wanted, but he got there nonetheless. And that is where the inspirational part comes in. It’s a tale of following our dreams, regardless of the cost. As a struggling musician, it stroke a nerve in me, and gave me inspiration to, like Perry, never give up on my dream. Perry’s outlook on life is as infectious as it is exceptional. It’s a tragically comedic take of David vs Goliath. You’ll go through his highs and lows along with him, laugh when he succeeds and cry when he fails because he certainly didn’t have it easy. Although I have never met the man, I feel like he is a friend, someone I can look up to and after whom I can mold my own determination. Simply put, Perry’s the man. Cheers Pel!!! Now where my cheque?

Format: Kindle Edition

I had the original hardback and later the paperback. I’ve read the book 3 times and it still makes me laugh out loud. If your a motorsports fan or someone who needs how to ‘get right back up again’ then get this NOW!
I was lucky enough to meet up with Perry and we became friends. There are elements of the story which are quite sad, highlighting the difficulty for talented British drivers to make it in F1 due to lack of finance. I remember meeting him on the pitlane at Le Mans when he had a real chance of honours driving for Audi – only for his team mate to miss the pits when due for a scheduled fuel stop! A typical tale of Perry’s up n down world which is available to enjoy now on Kindle.

Format: Kindle Edition

Fantastic read. Perry’s story is quite unbelievable and puts the problems of others somewhat in perspective. The many ups and downs during his career (probably more of the later) and how he handled them are regurgitated in this book with incredible humour. Through some chapters I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him, at others he had me rolling around the floor laughing! It’s a great Book and I would certainly recommend it to others, whether for the love of motorsports or simply for a motivational and entertaining read.

10 facts about Perry McCarthy


1. Perry McCarthy did not start racing until the very late age of 19.

2. Perry worked on North Sea oil rigs to initially fund his start in the junior categories of motor sport. He had success very early and became Formula Ford before a huge crash broke his back and sidelined him for a year. (Pictures of the crash are in his autobiography Flat Out Flat Broke (Kindle edition)

3. Using every moment he had, Perry relentlessly pushed to gain sponsorship and support to move up the notoriously difficult motor racing ladder. Gradually, his talent and determination was recognised and against all odds he went on to compete in Formula 3 and International F3000 before moving across to America where he set the US scene on fire with spectacular performances in the prestigious IMSA racing championship.

4. In 1992, Perry received the call he’d been working towards for over 10 years and joined the new Andrea Moda Formula One team to compete in the F1 World Championship. However … the team made headlines for the wrong reasons and Perry narrowly avoided serious injury, at the very least, when his steering jammed at 170mph

5. After Grand Prix racing, Perry was chosen by top level works manufacturers such as Lotus, Chrysler, Panoz and Audi to race in the sports cars and GT World Championship including the famous Le Mans 24 hours and the USA’s Sebring 12 hours and Daytona 24 hours.

6. In 2002, Perry McCarthy made motoring history by becoming the very first masked driver known as THE STIG with BBC’s Top Gear television program. According to the Guinness Book of World Records; Top Gear is the most widely watched factual television program in the world. Top Gear plays in 214 territories worldwide and has an estimated global audience of 350 million. It set viewer records for an unscripted series on BBC America in 2013. “Who is the Stig” became the second highest search term on Google.

7. After leaving Formula 1 and just prior to becoming the STIG, Perry McCarthy wrote a hilarious autobiographical account of his racing fortunes and his many misfortunes fittingly titled ‘Flat Out, Flat Broke’. This was later followed by paperback editions which brought his amazing and inspirational story up to date with a behind the scenes look at life as The Stig! Flat Out, Flat Broke is now inside the Top 20 bestselling motorsports books of all time.

8. Following two seasons of establishing the STIG’s identity on BBC’s Top Gear, Perry left the show in dramatic style. Viewers were shown him racing along the runway of the British Aircraft Carrier HMS Invincible whilst at sea. But, his brakes apparently failed and the car was filmed ‘flying’ off the end of the ship at over 100mph and into the sea. RIP STIG (presumed dead) before being reincarnated as The White STIG. A YouTube clip of The STIGS departure from Top Gear, viewed in excess of 2 Million times, can be found here:

9. With Kindle and eBooks becoming ever so popular, Perry McCarthy has re-covered his highly acclaimed autobiography, added several new pictures from his private collection, and released the book on to Amazon Kindle.

10. Perry McCarthy currently writes humorous and informative articles for the World’s foremost motor racing Magazine. He also travels the world as a leading inspirational, motivational and after dinner speaker for major corporations.

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