Perry McCarthy’s F1 career is like no other Formula 1 driver before or since. This  Flat Out Flat Broke is the man who drove for the most shoddy F1 team in history, Andrea Moda, and lived to tell the tale!

I have desperately wanted a copy of this book, and when I received it as a present a few weeks’ ago, I had read it cover-to-cover in under a day. I just could not put this book down.

This book is extremely well written in a conversational style and you almost feel like Perry’s talking to you as you read it. His charm and wit work well in spite of the terrible disappointments he has endured throughout his motorsport career, and he writes with a frankness and honesty that is refreshing and engaging.

If anything, this book serves as a wonderful lesson in how hard work and determination can get you places. A truly amazing and fantastic read.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award Flat Out, Flat Broke…

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.