Perry McCarthy in Interview

Interview with Perry McCarthy – The Original ‘Stig’ from BBC’s ‘Top Gear’

Perry McCarthy is an ex-Formula 1 racing driver and The Original “Stig” from BBC’s Top Gear. He is a world-renowned keynote speaker who motivates and inspires audiences through his attitudes on what it takes to perform under pressure at such a high level, how to approach and deal with failure, work efficiently as a team and engage in all endeavours with passion. 

keynote speaker Perry McCarthy

In this exclusive interview with “The Stig”, McCarthy talks about what his life has been like since his identity was revealed on the show and the world-wide intrigue with the character. Perry McCarthy offers valuable insight into the Formula 1 industry and the relentless and obsessive mindset required to succeed. 

Having experienced this high-pressure team sport, he knows what it takes to create a strong and efficient team, orientating around key characteristics of; inclusion, recognition and determination, explaining that “ensuring everybody is focused, and has the same vision, the same passion, for the same outcome” is crucial. 

A reality that we all face at some point is “failure”. McCarthy explores how to not let failure destroy you – “sure, it’s out there, but the idea is to make failure the smaller part of your life than success”. The ability to cope with disappointment is a powerful practice, which McCarthy offers expert insight into during this interview and his hilarious bestselling book, Flat Out, Flat Broke: The Original Stig. 

Video Timeline

  • 00:16 – Who are you and what do you do?
  • 00:54 – You were the first famous “Stig” on BBC’s Top Gear, what was your overall experience like? And what has life been like since revealing your identity as “The Stig”?
  • 02:00 – How did it feel going from a racing-driver to a pop-culture icon?
  • 03:15 – What is a huge misconception people have about the motor-racing sport and industry?
  • 04:56 – Motor-racing is a team sport. What are the most important things that ensure a strong team?
  • 07:00 – What does it take as a racing driver to be the best and fight against the best in the world?
  • 09:11 – What are some of your biggest lessons from failure? How can people build from it, instead of letting it destroy them?
  • 11:06 – America’s Sunday Express described you as a ‘comedian locked inside a racing driver’s body’. What role has humour played in your career?
  • 12:12 – When delivering speeches, what is the main outcome for you?
  • 13:30 – What is next for you?


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