|No - it never WAS Michael Shumacher|
Yes, I met The Stig at a racing event out at Mount Stuart many years ago. And he was signing copies of HIS autobiography.
To fill you in, the Marquis of Bute and owner of 99% of this fair island *tugs forelock obligingly* is Johnny Bute, one time Le Mans winner (1988) and racing aficionado.
I was contracted to take photographs of the event for Mount Stuart one year. I *know* my photographs on this blog are shit, but really, I can do quite well when I have 35mm to hand and a hefty bag of lenses. Plus, I think they were desperate lol!
Anyway, I digress....
There was this bloke sitting hopefully at a little desk in the Visitors Centre with copies of a book to be bought and signed. I'd been tramping the grounds taking pix since about 8am and I felt sorry for the bloke who didn't seem to be doing much business any time I trudged past. So I bought his book and got him to inscribe it 'To Tertarus, all the best. Your wife is working very hard! Cheers Perry McCarthy'.
To be fair to Mr McCarthy, he didn't actually SAY he was The Stig when we were chatting, but later on, as I perused his book 'Flat Out Flat Broke - Formula 1 The Hard Way' it became clear that he was, in fact, *adopts Jeremy Clarkson intonation* .......The Stig.
So - if you are looking for a great gift for a car-mad man, can I recommend Perry's book?
ahah! I now IS an Amazon Affiliate wooopppeeee!
Mini Book Review: Formula 1 is notorious for being a rich man's game. And Perry McCarthy was not a rich man. The book chronicles his relentless pursuit for a place in F1 and what it costs him - financially and emotionally. The combination of darkly funny writing and great racing anecdotes results in a motorsport autobiography that is actually a very enjoyable read (this from someone who has tried to burn Tertarus's collection of Fast People's Autobiographies'.
I recommend it to The House.