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Perry McCarthy    

Former Formula One driver and the original 'Stig' on BBC's "Top Gear"

Perry McCarthy is quite simply unique. He combines his experience as a top Formula One driver with becoming the original 'Stig' (from BBC's "Top Gear") to delight audiences at home and abroad with either a hilarious after dinner speech or a captivating motivational address.

McCarthy's rise through the ranks along with close friends Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert and Mark Blundell, has been against all odds and in a sport dominated by finance. He recalls how he "started with nothing and then lost it all!"

Perry's 10-year fight to reach the sport's elite paid off in 1992 when he was chosen to drive for the fledgling Andrea Moda Formula One organization. The dream, however, turned into a nightmare as the team stumbled from one disaster to the next, and in recent years, he has turned his attention away from Grand Prix to Le Mans and the demands of Sports Prototype racing.

As always, Perry's exploits are well chronicled, but when he is on the track, his talent and determination shine through. His sense of humor is legendary and is frequently aired in his articles for leading publications and in his work as a TV commentator and program presenter.

Perry's bubbly personality and absolute refusal to concede defeat have made him popular with the press: The Telegraph headlined him as "a new cult hero." The Times called him "the world's unluckiest racing driver" and America's Sunday Express described him as a "comedian locked inside a racing driver's body."

Speech Topics

Team work, organisation, communication

Building from success and building from failure

The power of the individual and personal performance

Risk and reward

Commitment, excellence, performance, achievement.

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