Top Gear Stunt Driver - But Just Who Is The Stig?
Who Is The Stig?
- Some say he gets terrible ezcema on his helmet
- Some say that he is a CIA experiment that went wrong, and that he only eats cheese
- Some say he isn’t machine washable, and all his potted plants are called Steve
- Some say he is illegal in 17 US states, and he blinks horizontally
- Some say that his heart ticks like a watch, and that he’s confused by stairs
- Some say that he lives in a tree, and that his sweat can be used to clean precious metals
- Some say that he has no understanding of clouds, and that his earwax tastes like Turkish Delight
But, Who Is The Stig?
Who IsThe Stig?
Worlwide fans of Top Gear have speculated about the identity of The Stig since he first appeared on the show in 2002. People rumoured to be The Stig have included:
- Lewis Hamilton
- Damon Hill
- Nigel Mansell
The Black Stig
The Stig first appeared in black suit and helmet, and it was this Stig who took part in the first two series of Top Gear. Black Stig was later 'killed off' at the beginning of the third series. Driver Perry McCarthy revealed that he was The Stig, much to the annoyance of the Top Gear team who have always wanted The Stig's true identity to remain a closely guarded secret.
The Stig's identity has long been speculated, however the News Of The World newspaper recently revealed some details about the true identity of The Stig:
- He's married and lives in a £300,000 house
- He has raced in Formula First, GT Racing and Stock Cars
- He is in his 30's
- Earns £150,000 a year
- He also works as a stunt driver
This information appears to have been revealed due to an encounter last September between The Stig, and a father and son from Bristol who own a photographic gallery.
A man claming to be from the BBC marketing department approached the gallery owners to create a special edition print of The Stig. The man who stated that he owned the copyright of the image then said that the gallery would have to sign a confidentiality agreement if the project was to go further. All parties agreed and the document was signed, at which point the man revealed that he was in fact The Stig.
The News Of The World newspaper did not reveal or hint at the name of the driver.
Ben Collins - The Stig Revealed
The Stig Revealed
The Telegraph newspaper weren't quite so discreet. On January 20th 2009, they named The Stig as Ben Collins, a competitive racing driver who also worked as a stunt driver on The Quantum Of Solace.
Though it has not been confirmed by the BBC, Top Gear or by Collins himself, it looks as though the mystery of Who Is The Stig? has finally been solved.
Collins has been rumoured to be The Stig in the past due to his connections with the show, he has appeared on Top Gear as himself performing stunts. Recently a Bristol accent has been noted on a you tube video of The Stig talking to a foreign tv crew, the clip then cuts to Collins who sounds remarkably similar.
A builder who visited Collins house also claimed that he saw the iconic white suit and helmet inside a glass cabinet in the home.
It is unlikely that Ben Collins will ever be confirmed as The Stig whilst he is still working on the programme. The BBC and Top Gear team are precious about keeping the identity of The Stig a mystery. Collins himself would be foolish to reveal the truth as it is likely that White Stig would suffer a similar fate to that of Black Stig Perry McCarthy.