Flat Out, Flat Broke

Flat Out, Flat Broke : Formula 1 the Hard Way!

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Perry McCarthy decided at the age of 18 that he wanted to reach the top in 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. He never gave up, however, and his relentless search for backing and recognition led the man "The Times" dubbed 'the world's unluckiest racing driver' to heroic, often hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking efforts to make it into Formula 1. This is his autobiography.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 122 x 190 x 22mm | 258.55g
  • J H Haynes & Co Ltd
  • Somerset, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd 2003. Corr 2nd Printing ed.
  • 24pp illustrations, index
  • 1844250180
  • 9781844250189
  • 192,950

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'a lesson in sheer determination' Motorsport Newsshow more

About Perry McCarthy

Perry McCarthy - sometimes 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 highly entertaining after-dinner speaker. 'Mad Dog' to his friends, Perry is a man of startling talent and wild hopes. He lives near Billericay, Essex.show more

Table of contents

Wild boyhood, a trial at the Brands Hatch Racing School, working on oil rigs to fund his start in the junior formulae. British Formula Ford 1600, becoming 1983 'Star of Tomorrow' Champion and winning the 1985 Racing for Britain Award. Hilarious stories about chasing sponsorship, pushing for the top. British Formula 3, Formula 3000, IMSA. Against all odds, finally clawing his way into the Formula 1 elite in 1992, with the disastrous Andrea Moda team - eight races entered, eight 'did not qualify'. Accumulated massive debts, wheeling and dealing to survive. Competing in numerous sports car and single-seater races around the world. Constantly in debt, struggling to combine racing with family life. Back to the top with Audi in international motor racing. A bold, witty story told with the daredevil verve he showed on track.show more

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