- File Size: 5024 KB
- Print Length: 263 pages
- Publisher: #1 eBook Promotion (March 3, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 3, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U8W05TG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,084 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Flat Out Flat Broke: The Original Stig Kindle Edition
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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.
Fun, informative and engaging.