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Fair warning: This is our third Stig post in about a week, so if you're not a fan of the Top Gear and its Tame Racing Driver, feel free to mosey on down the page. Speculation about the Stig's identity has always been a fun way to pass the time with fellow car buffs. It's one of those secrets that you'd love to solve, but that you hope nobody ever does at the same time.
Last week, a service man came forward to say that he came across the Stig's white suit and helmet while doing some work at a home in the UK, and then an art gallery blabbed that a certain well-known racecar driver came into their gallery to commission some Stig artwork. Between the two of them they figured it was time to let the world know what they did, so they revealed Stiggy's true identity. Well, they got it all wrong according to the blokes at Top Gear.

In response to all of the speculation that has been reported as fact (by this outlet among others), the show wants to set the record straight. That's why the BBC outlet has just issued a statement identifying their white-clad road warrior. The Stig has been revealed to be...wait for it....Graham Hill. Yes, the very same Graham Hill who won the GP World Drivers Championship in 1962 and 1968 and was reported to have died in a tragic plane crash back in 1975. Who would have guessed? Ironically, his son and fellow Formula One World Champion Damon Hill was one of the people rumored to have donned the white driving suit and helmet. What a clever ruse.

This comes as quite a shock to everyone who has followed the story. After all, Graham would be about 80 years old now. Some say his mustache wax was the clue that made the team come forward with the news. Some say he has been growing frustrated getting out of so many awkward supercar doors. All we know is, you can follow the link to hear the whole exciting story of how this two-time champion worked with the BBC to fake his own death, some 20 years before the BBC even dreamed up the need for a Stig on a show they hadn't even created yet. Fascinating. Thanks for the tip, Rafer!

[Source: Top Gear | Image: Slim Aarons/Getty]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely WTF?????
      • 6 Years Ago
      Darn. I bet $10 that the Stig was the second coming of Chirst.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Did Christ ever have a FIRST orgasm, let alone a second one?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What the? Graham Hill died in 1975?
        • 6 Years Ago
        And thus, The Stig was born.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is clearly a joke.

      "According to Mole sources, the BBC knew as far back as 1974 that one day they'd hire Jeremy Clarkson to front their motoring show which didn't exist yet, and that Jeremy would probably go to a school where they called new boys "Stigs", and that in 2002 he'd probably invent an anonymous racing driver and probably give him that same name. "

      Get off my internets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Too Perfect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      actually... i'm the stig...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn...automatically story of the year.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is very unlikely. Graham Hill was gravely injured in an accident and suffered extensive loss of the use of his legs BEFORE he won his sencond Grand Prix Championship title.

      In fact that car he drove that season was modified so that he could use alternative hand controls.

      Some of the cars The Stig tested have manual (shift) transmissions with very heavy clutch pedals: double clutching is already challenging for a person with full use of his legs.

      I doubt the veracity of this information, regardless of its source.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Eek:

        Thank you for making my evening.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Everyone speculated that the Stig was some live person, no one ever guessed it was a dead guy. I never realized that a corpse could drive that well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He was exhumated and revived by a lightning precisely for this show. Sometimes you can see the bolts on the side of his neck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some say he has eyes and face like a human but uses them to cover up his alien face. And also that he eats like a human just to blend in.... All we know is... he's called the Stig...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ha ha ha! Final episode stunt casting! (Birdman)

      But seriously, well played gentlemen. I wish half of the shows on TV had the hilarious writing staff that works for the BBC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      no, no no NO!
      the stig is no one person
      he is the Serpentor of the racing world, he is made up of parts of past racing legends... that and stem cells should keep him going for a long time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I vote for a green Stig given the current eco-push. Some may go as far as to say.... limey.
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