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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing; 2nd edition (December 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844250180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844250189
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

Perry McCarthy -- sometime actor (scheduling meetings by impersonating James Hunt) and pizza delivery man (to trick his way into the F1 paddock) -- is in constant demand as a motor racing pundit and after-dinner speaker. He lives near Billericay, Essex.

Customer Reviews

This is a great book and would recommend it to any racing or Top Gear fan.
Cale Funderburk
If you're into F1 or the behind the scenes world of how an auto racer survives this true account is THE book for you.
John Whitling
He writes very freely, just as if he were talking to you; much like the style of Niki Lauda in his autobiography.
Tony Moore

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Tony Moore on March 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I read 15-20 motor racing related books per year, and this one has to be right at the top of the list in entertainment value & a general lesson in life. When I purchased it, I had little knowledge of who the author was; I knew from following Formula One that he had flirted with a drive in that category, and I knew he had some sucess in sports car racing, but I knew nothing else about his career or life.
Mr. McCarthy has a truely unique style of writing that lets the reader re-live all of the ups & downs with him. He writes very freely, just as if he were talking to you; much like the style of Niki Lauda in his autobiography. Parts are as funny as anything I have read in this genre, & parts make you wonder why he keeps going back to bang his head against the wall, literally.
Through the entire book, & it sounds like his entire life, he never looses his sense of humour, or sight of his goal. This guy has perseverance!
I was totally entralled from cover to cover, but I do admit I was surprised that he didn't go into a little more detail concerning his races. I then realized that I could go to one of the many racing annuals & read race detail, but he was giving me a behind-the-scenes look at the sport, not usually available.
This is a great book, & I highly recommend it to anyone who either aspires to a goal, or has driven a car, or wants to drive a car...or has seen a car...
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Cross on September 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Being an F1 fanatic, I had just finished the great book by Murray Walker. Looking for another �good� book about F1, I found this gem on Amazon. Mad Dog is among other things, a fighter and you have to give him credit; getting into the worlds most expensive sport with no cash is quite a feat.
The book is very well written in a Conversational style that makes you feel like one of the �rat pack�. Like F1, it�s paced at the speed of taking Eau Rouge flat out. After reading this story, you certainly wish you were one of the blokes lined up to give him money. He has a charm and whit that is infectious and translates well in print. I strongly recommend this book. Not to learn about F1, but to learn about Perry. To learn something of risk, gambles and the will to succeed at all costs. The parallel stories of his mates; Hill, Blundell and Herbert are equally entertaining. The overall story of his father, who was foreshadowing Perry�s own career choices and paths, is a welcome angle to this book as well. In short, this book was a total surprise and treat for anyone that just likes good stories of life and struggles in the motor racing world.
To Perry, I say good luck to you sir. You have had a difficult road to travel but what memories it has provided for you, and now me.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Caldwell on November 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Many people are familiar with the stars of racong. In Formula One today, it's Michael Schumacher. Ten years ago, it was Ayrton Senna. This story is about the people on the other end of the grid.
Perry McCarthy knew very little about racing until a friend took him to a racetrack. Perry immediately became hooked and started on a quest to be World Champion.
You won't believe the hard luck that he has along the way. He does make it to the pinnacle of motor sports, Formula One, in a roundabout sort of way.
There was a baseball book called "Good Enough To Dream" that was written about minor-league players. This is a book about someone that is even closer than that, a fraction of an inch away from realizing everything that he ever wanted.
You might think that someone in that position would be bitter, but McCarthy displays a sense of humor that will keep you turning the pages! And along the way, you meet up with the like of Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, and other familiar names.
A nice addition to your Formula One library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zamdrang on June 6, 2011
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I enjoyed this book for the insight into what it takes/took for McCarthy to try to break into F1. In fact the trials he went through to just be racing driver were amazing, he continually got knocked down yet picked himself up and pushed on. That was admirable, and I found it amazing his family/wife stuck with him. That part of this book was fun and interesting. But I found the writing boring and definitely not as humorous as other reviewers, there are some humorous moments at the beginning but I kept looking for all the "funny" that other reviewers talk about...and just couldnt find it.

I adopted McCarthy's ethic and pushed on, but I could have just as easily put it down and forgot all about it. Instantly forgettable is not a quality I like in a book. As for the author himself, what some interpret as tenaciousness I found to be more like entitlement. Maybe its a cultural difference but I found myself not really liking McCarthy the more I read. I dont find him to be a very good story teller or writer, but maybe he just needed a little editing help. I bought this because of all the positive reviews, but I disagree. As an insight into the politics and dog eat dog of the racing world its pretty good, but as a well written book and a good read...not so much. There is a difference. Steve Matchett's books are far more interesting and well written then this.
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More About the Author

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:

SAMPLE OF MAGAZINE/NEWSPAPER REVIEWS:


' ... this book is hilarious'
Autosport

'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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SAMPLE OF AMAZON CUSTOMER REVIEWS:


'Fantastic' Mr. J. W. Wood (Grimsby, UK)

'Brilliant!' By True Reader' "Brock" (London, England)

'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 "jamie@f1rejects.com"

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