Perry McCarthy may not be a name that you are too familiar with but I’m sure that you would know him better by his alter-ego, the Stig. If you think that little Timmy has what it takes to be the next Lewis Hamilton, McCarthy is someone who you should listen to!
McCarthy first donned the black suit and helmet in 2002 when Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Jason Dawe re-launched Top Gear. He would continue through until the end of the second series of the show where he was launched off of the end of an aircraft carrier in a hugely modified Jaguar XJS.
Prior to his involvement in the show, McCarthy had risen through the Junior Formulae, doing whatever it took to ensure that he would earn a seat in Formula One, even pretending to be James Hunt while on the phone to a potential sponsor!
Eventually the hard work paid off and McCarthy found himself within the paddock as a driver – the target he set himself as a young man had been achieved.
Having spent time working on oil rigs and banging on doors, McCarthy knows firsthand just how tough it can be to break into the industry and he gave this advice young drivers with dreams of grandeur.
“If those reading this are exactly as stupid as I was then here’s the deal,” McCarthy preached.
You’ve got to make everything count, including failure, of which you will have a lot. Everything has got to count and you have got to fight like mad, not just on track, every single day of the week; believing and living this game and wanting it and doing anything to be better, stronger, faster, better funded to give you more of a chance.
This isn’t a laugh. It is all consuming, absolute everything and it is pretty antisocial, difficult on relationships – you’ve got to absolutely believe in yourself and as soon as you start coming up with excuses like, ‘I haven’t got the sponsorship’, either get out there, walk around industrial estates, knock on doors, set it up or quit.
If you’re not prepared to do absolutely everything that’s possible to get there then don’t start handing out excuses – you couldn’t get money, you couldn’t do this, you couldn’t do that. If it’s genuine and you’ve worked for years trying to do it and you still can’t get it, OK, you make a decision to change, to do something else.
Get in, do it, limit the excuses – and limiting excuses means absolute dedication and surviving things that go wrong over and over and over again rather than, ‘it’s not working for me’, ‘I wish I had a top kart, it’s no good I’m going to quit’. The people who can survive that, reduce the odds of getting there.
So there you have it. Work hard, don’t take no for an answer and put every single bit of effort and time that you have into making it a success. With professional 1-2-1 tuition, a bustling Development Club and one of the highest quality Karting Race League’s in the country – Lets Go Active is the best place to kick start your career and we are just a phone call away on 01708 863070.
McCarthy did have one final piece of valuable advice to pass on and it is the most important of all.
Oh and by the way. Be quick!