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Flat Out, Flat Broke: Formula 1 the Hard Way!: Bk. H886 [Hardcover]

Damon Hill , Perry McCarthy
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4 July 2002
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 exhuberant 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.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859608868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859608869
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perry McCarthy does for Formula One what Bill Bryson did for travel writing. -- David Treymayne, Mail on Sunday

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Perry McCarthy - sometime actor (scheduling meetings by impersonating James Hunt) and pizza delivery man (to trick his way into the F1 paddock) - was 2001 test driver for Team Bentley at Le Mans. 'Mad Dog' to his friends, Perry is a man of startling talent and wild hopes. He lives at Billericay, Essex.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When's the continuation book coming out? 14 Nov 2002
Hands up. I'd never heard of Perry McCarthy before. I stumbled over this book whilst searching for something else on Amazon.
It's a stumble I was very happy to make because I simply love his book. It's extremely well written - from the heart.
From the moment I had read the first few pages, I knew I'd have trouble putting it down. It's a terrific tale of one man's desire/dream to succeed in motor racing/F1.
Perry will have you gripped on every page. You'll either be laughing, welling up or feeling anxious awaiting the outcome.
His one-liners are great. He lets his imagination run wild.
I could never in a million years have dreamt up the scams he did.
He's a true talent - not only to racing but to writing too.
I sincerely hope that he writes a follow up to this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flat out, Flat Great 2 Nov 2004
This has to be one of the funniest books i have ever read. A great read which can make you laugh and cry and somtimes at the ame time; i would suggest it to anyone. Great for the F1 fan and a great book even for people who might not normally like motor sports.
I was to young to remember Perry in F1, so i read this book in aim of finding out about the Top Gear Stig. Yet i found this i learnt more about F1 drivers, what it takes to be one, and how hard it can be from this book than from any other i have ever read.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perry you are one in a million! 17 Oct 2003
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This is such an hilarious biography, whether you are laughing with or at Perry you just will not be able to put it down. There is no doubt at all Perry is a fantastic driver as he is a story-teller and whether he finally does get a drive again, I can't wait to find out . . . but in the meantime let this book take you on the unique roller coaster of 'Perry World', yes it is a bit like Wayne's World and there must be a movie to be made too! (...)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stretch out, relax and enjoy! 13 Aug 2002
I couldn't put this book down and laughed so much people around me wondered what I was reading! If you want an entertaining and amusing account of how one guy did NOT make a success of his F1 career, then this is it. Perry McCarthy writes in a way which gains your support from the outset. He describes his aspirations and their outcomes with a witty and entertaining honesty. This is an account peppered with famous names and events from the world of F1, which gives an insight into the political machinations necessary to become an F1 driver - not least the need to raise cash!
McCarthy's style of writing is straightforward and conversational. He successfully pens pictures of the main characters who have figured in his career, the definitve moments in his career and, in addition, includes some colour photographs both from his own personal collection and motorsport collections.
The acknowledgements are worth reading (which isn't often the case)as well as the book because McCarthy's humour and sense of the ridiculous shines through.
As well as being a really good read, above all this book testifies to the grit and determination of a man who does not allow anything to deter him in the pursuit of his ambitions. One is left with the impression that despite the fact that he didn't make a great name in F1, this guy will always be in demand as an after-dinner speaker, witty commentator, stand-up comedian, or even occasionally - as a driver!! You won't regret reading this.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's cheer him at Le Mans in 03!! 14 Dec 2002
I learned this book in Nigel Roebuck's column of Autosport web and supposed it interesting while, like other readers, my expectation wasn't that high especially as a Japanese Formula One fan. The fact is, I was completely wrong and the book is mighty fascinating and mega fun to the extent that I burst into laughter to myself in the living room, when reading Perry's bulk of jokes spread over. OK, this is the fun side of this book, but fascinating side is his DIE HARD attitude to motor racing, determination to reach the very top, Formula One, whatsoever it takes. When he finally drove out to the pit lane of Barcelona for his first pre-qualify attempt, I was close to be in tears sharing with the very emotion he had at that time and efforts he had made to get one....but the bloody car couldn't complete a lap! Likewise, the story continues with incredible up and down like roller coaster and you can't put down the book till you finish. Now I am and long will be big fan of Perry's and for sure cheer him in Bentley or whatever at La Sarthe '03, IF he secures any shape of drive. Meanwhile, buy this book, now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superbly Entertaining 25 Sep 2004
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I didn't know anything about Perry until I popped onto Amazon to buy his book after he mentioned it on ITV's "Speed Sunday". Wow, what an entertaining read. This guy has had some life, you have to admire his spirit. It had me laughing out loud countless times. Highly recommended. Hope Perry (who was Top Gears "Stig") stays with Audi and earns a fortune!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flat Out, Flat Broke - but not Flat... 29 July 2002
Forget the fact that Perry McCarthy is a racing driver. Think of this as the biography you just have to read. This Essex lad made it to Formula One. But you won't read lots of dreary race reports - especially not about Formula One, as he holds the record for the shortest qualifying attempt in history. Instead, you'll find a man who has a ...comedic flare that has few parallels. This book is both serioulsy funny and an inspiration. Buy it...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This is a very good item #i am very happy with the seller and the product quality
Published 7 days ago by The Iroquis
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny
Bought this through a recommendation and was totally worth it!
If Perry lacked the ability in the office he sure has it when it comes to telling stories
He is f.... funny
Published 7 months ago by Edson J.
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
If you wanna read the inside story about F1 this is recommended.
Perry comes over as a prat sometimes and I kinda think that perhaps that didnt help him get into F1 big time?
Published 11 months ago by nosbig
4.0 out of 5 stars The tale of a failed F1 aspirant.
An interesting story of a driver who failed to make the grade in F1 (whether due to his fault or not), while his driver buddies around him did so. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark Deakin
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I've read for years!!!
I have a serious problem with being entertained when reading books. Every now and then something comes along that steals me away from everything else that I'm supposed to be... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Grant
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
i bought this to read inbetween my usual books that i read, but found it very amusing and packed full of ffun
Published 15 months ago by halen reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining read, if you like motor sport.
I would recommend this to anybody interested in the background of F1 and motor racing in general. Not the glitzy side we read about and see on the television, but the flip side of... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul J
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly my all-time favourite biog
I too had never heard of Perry, but as an avid F1 fan I stumbled across this just after it was released. Read more
Published 22 months ago by C. Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars He could have been a contender, but instead he was an idiot
Perry McCarthy would have you believe that the reason he wasn't a Formula 1 world champion was due to bad luck, fate and other people conspiring against him. Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2011 by Mr. K. J. Santi
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent
I bought this book for my Dad at christmas, as he's a big motorsport fan. He read it, and loved it. Then it was forgotten up until last week, when i didn't quite get the A-level... Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Thomas H. Atkinson
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