• Feb 4, 2008
The producers of Top Gear have kept the identity of "The Stig" a closely-guarded secret. With such a wide audience and fan base, that's led to endless speculation over the true identity of the show's phantom test driver, and one British celebrity is now claiming he knows who it is.

Guests on the show's "a star in a reasonably-priced car" segment work with The Stig to perfect their hot lap on Top Gear's test track, but none have ever revealed his identity. Comedian Omid Djalili, however, is insistent that The Stig is actually McLaren's star pilot Lewis Hamilton. Djalili's revelation is based on speculation garnered from speaking with The Stig, who purportedly revealed his age to the comedian, and with the show's producers, who insisted two years ago that the true Stig would become famous by now. Die-hard fans, however, will point to evidence to the contrary. Think Djalili's on to something, or is he just grabbing at gasoline-soaked straws? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Thanks for the tip, Dwight!

[Source: Digital Spy]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Some people whisper that if one were to identify The Stig by name, the time-space continuum would rupture and somewhere a bowl of petunias would fall from the sky.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "The identity of the new Stig has not been officially revealed. In a Winter Olympics special episode of Top Gear, the Stig was shown doing a ski jump using a snowmobile. According to the Swedish tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet, the driver performing the ski jump stunt was Dan Lang, a Swedish snowmobile cross driver.[15] In January 2006, a Daily Express article reported that Julian Bailey was the Stig.[16] In January 2007, Russ Swift, a stunt driver who has appeared on the show a number of times, said in an interview that the Stig is not played by just one person.[17]"

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stig
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah - it is, or at least was Damon Hill...read the book "Flat out, Flat Broke" by Perry McCarthy

      • 6 Years Ago
      i would guess that Mika Raikkonen is the unholy DNA-clone of two great Finnish champions...
      • 6 Years Ago
      heres a clue

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/7120556.stm

      i think the picture may be a clue
      • 6 Years Ago
      Here's the video... see for yourself at 20 seconds
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZTi5ygFTYs
      • 6 Years Ago
      Would McLaren have issue with Hamilton doing this if in fact it was him? Especially with that big new contract, I can really see him being able to do that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It is Damon Hill......I thought by now some of you would know this
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually, it was more of Disgust than of "Oops, revealed!!"
      • 6 Years Ago
      In fact Stiggy is a german woman: Sabine Schmitz ;)
      scnr
      • 6 Years Ago
      From memory the Stig is Perry McCarthy, former F1 driver and Lemans driver.

      You can also read about it in the Occupational Health and Safety report which was generated when Hammond crashed the Viper jet car.

      An extensive report was done, and the Stigs name is listed. It doesnt say he is the Stig, but it shows the person played a role in the whole Viper car incident.

      I cant be bothered digging that article up and confirming it also named Perry McCarthy, but I believe it did name the current Stig.

      I cant believe some BS about Lewis Hamilton being the Stig made it onto Autoblog.

      That being said, Hamilton is clearly a faster driver than the stig, having done a lap in the Reasonably Priced Car in the wet, after a car had dropped oil from its diff all over the track, just 0.3seconds slower than the Stigs dry lap!

      • 6 Years Ago
      Its Ben Collins, everyone knows that? He's driving in NASCAR this season I've heard too.
      Jools
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