Perry McCarthy decided at the age of 18 that he wanted to reach the top of the world's most expensive sport. With no racing experience, no cash, and little going for him except a passion for speed, the exuberant Cockney shouldn't have stood a chance.
His endless search for backing and recognition led him from 'The world's unluckiest racing driver' to his heroic, often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking efforts to make it into Formula 1.
This is his autobiography, which covers his wild boyhood, a trial at the Brands Hatch Racing School which noted his outstanding natural talent, and working on oil rigs to fund his start in the junior formulae.
Some kind words:
“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 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.”
“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.”
“Perry McCarthy is 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.”