One of the best-kept secrets of the automotive world was uncovered over the weekend. Top Gear’s famously unidentified ‘Stig’ driving specialist is, according to reports, Ben Collins.
SOME say… that he sucks the moisture from ducks, and that his crash helmet is modelled on Britney Spears’s head.
But others are saying that The Stig, the most famous tame racing driver in the world, is a 35-year-old stuntman called Ben Collins.
Ben Collins is one of several drivers whose names have been put forward as being the man who regularly takes to the track on the BBC Two show but famously never removes his helmet on screen. The current Stig is the second in the role. The first Stig, Perry McCarthy, was dropped in 2003 when his identity was uncovered.
It comes as BBC lawyers prepare for a court battle with The Stig to prevent the publication of a book that could reveal his true identity. The BBC claims he is subject to a confidentiality agreement and unmasking himself would spoil viewers’ enjoyment of the BBC Two programme, which is one of the channel’s most popular. Despite the latest evidence, the BBC insists The Stig’s identity remains a secret.
The clue to his identity emerges in the accounts of his company, Collins Autosport.
It has also been claimed that The Stig is in fact played by four different drivers.
Several racing drivers have been linked to the role, including former Formula One world champion Damon Hill.
More than seven million viewers saw Michael Schumacher ‘unveiled’ as The Stig after taking part in an episode last year but it turned out to be a gimmick and the BBC later said the identity of the driver at other times would remain “a mystery”.
Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz attempted to unmask The Stig after she appeared on the show, driving a Kia.