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Flat Out Flat Broke: The Original Stig by [McCarthy, Perry]
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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:


‘ ... this book is hilarious’

‘Perry McCarthy does for Formula One what Bill Bryson did for travel writing. But beneath the black humour and wisecracks – funny enough to make you laugh out loud in public – lies an inspiring and at times poignant tale of that rarest kind of racer: one who never gave up and was, literally, prepared to die trying.’
The Independent on Sunday

‘Perry McCarthy has always been excellent at describing his career in a series of memorable anecdotes, and here they are, strung together in book form. The reader is frequently left racked with sympathy at the author’s outrageous misfortune, or in convulsive sobs of laughter. This is an utterly fantastic read.’
MotorSport magazine

‘Sometimes books, like cigarette packets, should come with a surgeons health warning. Flat Out Flat Broke is a case in point, not just because it contains photographs of the author in the long forgotten days of his early childhood, but because it will make your stomach ache from laughing.’
F1 Magazine

'…. A fantastic funny story'
(Book of the week) The London Evening Standard

‘His engaging story of a less-than-smooth life in motor racing exudes his own cockney energy and enthusiasm and is a charming feel good tale that shows you can get what you want if you want it badly enough’
Scottish Sunday Express

‘The James Hunt impressions, the Ayrton Senna pizza delivery, the Rat Pack stories - the laughs come thick and fast in Perry McCarthy’s fantastic new book, Flat Out Flat Broke …’
Daily Express

‘The third edition of Perry McCarthy’s autobiography is a brilliant read’
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'Fantastic very funny!' By S. Shepherd (UK)

'Brilliant' By Trevor Waldock (Maldon, Essex United Kingdom)

'Flat out, Flat Great' By C. M. Killa "Cat1984" (Llanelli, South Wales)

'Superb read' By MR PAVS (United Kingdom)

'Superbly Entertaining' By M. McCall "otto-mate"

'Perry you are one in a million!' By A Customer

'Let's cheer him at Le Mans' By "yn0711"

'When's the continuation book coming out?' By "tcp8"

'Stretch out, relax and enjoy!' By: Mrs. P. L. England. (STAFFORD, Staffs. United Kingdom)

'Flat Out, Flat Broke - but not Flat...' By Bernard McMinn

'Hilarious account of bizarre motorsport career!!' By ""

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4632 KB
  • Publisher: #1 eBook Promotion (March 3 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00U8W05TG
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #223,550 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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?
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa37e6a80) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa381d4e0) out of 5 stars From racing driver to professional speaker... quite a journey. April 24 2016
By Botnik Roller - Published on
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I read this in two days, so funny, well written and well organizaed this book is.

This kindle version is updated.

I bought it out of sheer curiosity. Bear in mind the following: McCarthy's history is not different from hundred of others: good results in the minor Formulas, good press, then finding doors closing and closing, until retirement (or a resurrection in other kind of car racing).

The difference here is the humour, his persistence, the amazing amount of bad timing and unlucky mechanical failures, until finally arriving in Formula One in the worst team possible (Andrea Moda) where the boss simply HATED him, to the point of entering two cars just for the sake of following the rules. The boos hated McCarthy because he could not sign another driver(Enrico Bertaggia) who had US$ 1,000,000 in sponsorship, because the team already had changed their line-up of drivers the maximum number of times. So he was stuck with McCarthy.

McCarthy writes without resentment or vengeance. The history moves forward at warp speed (he is a big fan of Star Trek), near complete bankrupt, until finally the sun is shining with the fruits of recognition of being The Original Stig in the British mega TV hit "TOP GEAR".

The book is not essential in any collection of motor racing books, even being a best seller. But it is indeed good.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa381d72c) out of 5 stars Not really for Stig fans. Feb. 4 2016
By P Wagner - Published on
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This is not a book about The Stig. It is a fairly loosely put together memoir of a struggling racing driver with a chapter tacked on at the end about his experience as The Stig, presumably to try and wring a little more cash out of it. The style comes across as if he spoke aloud into a dictaphone about whatever happened to cross his mind, then got someone to type it up verbatim. This is not so much a book for Stig fans, but it is a sometimes amazing and often amusing tale about passion, determination, and blind stupidity. By the end of the book, you can't help but like the guy, or at least feel for his spectacular run of bad luck. It was worth reading, but not quite what I was expecting.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa381d6f0) out of 5 stars Could be called how to overcome rejection lol June 16 2015
By Jocko - Published on
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Although it helps to be a gas-head to enjoy flat out fat broke I'm pretty sure anybody can take something from it because it's a tale of constantly overcoming rejection until you finally succeed. I wish I had that kind of never say die attitude. There are lots of laughs along the way (shark attack gazette - I don't want to say more because I'll give it away but it had me spilling my coffee all over it was so funny) and some sad times but that just makes it very three dimensional.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa381dbe8) out of 5 stars Fun read. Fascinating look at what it takes to ... Feb. 5 2016
By reader - Published on
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Fun read. Fascinating look at what it takes to race at the top levels.
HASH(0xa381da80) out of 5 stars This is a fun book with lots of great racing tidbits June 26 2016
By Bill VanderClock - Published on
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This is a fun book with lots of great racing tidbits. I would have preferred a straight time line rather than the now, then, after, before flitting around. His style is very easy to read and he gives us insight as to what he was thinking and why he made the choices he did.