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Stig revealed
« on: January 20, 2009, 10:37:23 PM »

To the viewers of Top Gear, he is part man, part machine, with veins that course with petrol. But the true substance of “the Stig”, the BBC programme’s so-called tame racing driver, was revealed yesterday to be somewhat more prosaic.

The identity of the character, who test-drives cars around the Top Gear track, was divulged at the weekend as Ben Collins, a Bristol-based former American speedway driver and stuntman who doubled for Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond film.

The name of the white-suited Stig, beloved of the show’s hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, has been an open secret within the motoring world for some years, but the media have refrained from publishing his name to uphold the spirit of the programme.

On Sunday, however, a newspaper outed Collins, 33, after following up a story in a Bristol newspaper about a man commissioning a photographic studio in the city to produce limited edition prints of the character.


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Re: Stig revealed
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2009, 10:47:46 PM »
You know... I don't like that paper...  It ruins the fun of it. 
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Re: Stig revealed
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009, 02:17:52 PM »
Yeah, I remember him being revealed quite some time ago, but I  agree. Why ruin the fun? It's not like it would be so difficult for someone determined to find out... sheesh.

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Re: Stig revealed
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 02:44:34 PM »
As Rick quoted over on Nasa Rocky Mountian:

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Another reader posted this [on Autoblog] in response....

"Ben Collins isn't The Stig. The Stig just dresses up in a Ben Collins costume when he's checking out humanity."

I think I'm going to have to agree with that and continue to assume we will never really know who The Stig is.
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Re: Stig revealed
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 02:54:43 PM »
LOL Whoever he is, the Stig is awesome :)