• Jan 19th 2009 at 9:27AM
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Fans of Top Gear might want to prepare themselves for another Stig death soon. When "Black Stig" Perry McCarthy revealed himself, Clarkson, Hammond and May offed him. Now, according to the UK's Telegraph, the "White Stig" has apparently ended the mystery, revealing himself as 33 year-old Ben Collins. Collins has raced professionally in everything from NASCAR to LeMans, and most recently served as Agent 007's double for sequences of Quantum of Solace that required fancy wheel work. It's been such a secret for so long, how did the veil of silence come to be broken? Collins himself apparently revealed his day job to the owner of an art gallery in Bristol, England when asking for help producing a limited-edition print of The Stig plying his trade.
A builder had also come across the famed white suit and gloves on display in a cabinet while doing work at Collins' home, and there has been conjecture in the past that Collins is The Stig. Now that the cat is out of the bag, we wonder if there's much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the halls of Top Gear's offices. Secret identity or no, Collins has proven himself as a fantastic driver as The Stig, and with this latest revelation, he potentially faces "The Sack" as they say in Merry Old.

No confirmation yet from Clarkson, Hammond or May on this revelation, and the only word out of Top Gear is that they "...never comment on speculation as to who or what The Stig is." Hmm. In any case, we are left to wonder... what color will a new Stig be? Red? Gold? Blue? Thanks for the tip, Richard!

[Source: Telegraph.co.uk]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is news? There were pictures of him posted on the FinalGear forum a long time ago. During one of the episodes there was a shot of him driving without a helmet
      • 6 Years Ago
      sorta got a power ranger type thing goin in here don't we... i say orange.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Well if they are looking for volunteers for the role of the next Stig, I am game. When are the try offs?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for the spoiler alert guys. Now I know my parents were Santa Claus the whole time.

      Assholes.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The guys at finalgear have been talking about multiple stigs. If that's the case, I don't think they'll kill him off.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really? This is breaking news?

      Many of us have widely speculated that Ben Collins was "the" (one of the) white Stig for over 4 years now. I don't know why there is a continued obsession over it. There have obviously been multiple people to wear the white Stig suit, and Collins has been the main one of them. I'm not on the inside or connected in any way, and I've "known" this for years, despite the fact that it has never been confirmed.

      The fact that it has been such a public secret for so long now speaks well of the BBC and Top Gear's ability to keep it under wraps. They should continue to "not confirm" it, as it doesn't matter who the Stig actually is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      boo autoblog. i haven't read this article, i don't know who the stig is, and i don't want to know. i don't think reporting on it is good for any top gear fan, it's supposed to stay a mystery.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the ultimate giveaway was when collins was spotted climbing the eiffel tower using nothing but his eyelids...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does it really matter who the Stig is? Top Gear is the best car show on TV and the producers will have a very hard time finding someone else who can handle a car better than Collins does.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Um... let me fix that for you.

        ...the producers _won't_ have a very hard time finding someone else who can handle a car better than Collins does.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I second the idea of a new 'carbon fibre' Stig.

      Some say, he was created on the 7th day, when God accidentally farted on a 2B pencil sitting next to a diamond...
        • 6 Years Ago
        If he has small feet they could tout his "low carbon footprint".
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about "Space Alien Green"
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Clarkson, Hammond or Mays"

      Or MAYS? Really? Come on guys.

      Reminds me of work. A coworker's last name is Wood... yet everyone insists on saying "Woods" even when they know better.

      Regardless... I'm OK with knowing who the Stig may or may not be... It just makes me more curious as to what they do about it. If they off him, I hope it's funny... and recorded. :)
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