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At the age of 44, Perry McCarthy is one of Britain’s top racing drivers and is already part of motor racing folklore.
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 sports elite paid off in 1992 when he was chosen to drive for the fledgling Andrea Moda Formula One organisation. 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.
Areas of Expertise
As always, Perry’s exploits are well chronicled but when he is on the track his talent and determination shine through. His sense of humour is legendary and is frequently aired in his articles for leading publications and in his work as a TV commentator and programme presenter.
McCarthy’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 worlds unluckiest racing driver and Americas Sunday Express described him as a comedian locked inside a racing drivers body.
In a career spanning over twenty years, McCarthy is still smiling and still fighting. Along with Germanys Frank Biela and Finland’s Mika Salo, Perry was recently chosen as a works driver for Audi UK’s high profile 2003 assault on the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race. However, away from the track, Perry has used his experiences to become a superb after dinner and motivational speaker who gives a highly amusing insight to the world’s most glamorous sport.
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
If 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 & Ev
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 a one-off when it comes to TV. He's one of life's bubbly characters and is a real plus for a programme maker. Add to the mix his knowledge of Motor Racing, and he was certainly one of the stars of our show.
Charles Balchin, Executive Producer, Sky Sports F1 Digital +,
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