• Feb 4th 2009 at 2:58AM
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There have been a whole slew of reports lately on the true identity of Top Gear's "tamed racing driver". Some say he's Lewis Hamilton, while others say he's the late great Graham Hill. Some say he's venerable stunt driver and former racing impresario Ben Collins, while others say he's the newly-inaugurated President of the United States, Barack Obama. All we know is... the best part of keeping someone's identity a secret by masking his face is that you can switch him around any nobody would be none the wiser.
The latest reports suggest what many have maintained in the past: that the Stig, in all his white flash of glory, is an identity assumed by a variety of professional drivers. Although the Stig who drives the power laps around the Top Gear test track may be the same guy every episode, his duties may very well have been assumed by others at various points. Remember when Stiggy drove a Renault F1 car? That may have actually been Heikki Kovalainen, who spent two seasons at Renault before moving to Hamilton's side at McLaren. And when His Royal Stigginess rode a snowmobile off a ski jump? Actually Swedish snowmobile champion Dan Lang, according to reports. All in all some eight individuals have been identified as having donned the white for the cameras, including former GT driver Chris Goodwin, former Tyrell and Lotus F1 pilot Julian Bailey, and a member of the Autoblog staff who shall remain nameless. We've got to keep the mystery alive now, don't we?

[Source: The Daily Telegraph via eGMCarTech]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      "others say he's the newly-inaugurated President of the United States, Barack Obama."

      No, but he could be the Stig's Communist Cousin, Red Stig.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The mystery lives on, and I'm glad for it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I swear to god, I dont give a capitol F who "The Stig" really is. I wish websites would STOP REPORTING THIS.

      The idea of having the Stig is that you dont KNOW who he is. Its a boyhood fantasy character that we all love hearing rumors that "some say" every new episode. I want it to STAY that way.

      The Stig, not unlike the new president, is an intangible deity with ethereal abilities and impossibly proven claims. Lets keep it that way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is like when I found out there was no Santa Claus.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What? There's nothing saying you have to read this stuff, you know =)

        I don't think there's anything wrong with it, so long as it doesn't become an obsession. It'd be sort of like saying "hey, stop telling me Santa doesn't exist! I want to keep the mystery alive."
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes, I totally agree. Well said.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the Stig was Lewis Hamilton...in the African special...

      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice way to slip in your political bias...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wikipedia is quicker than you guys!!

      And don't forget, one of the guys on TopGear.com is also The Stig!!

        • 6 Years Ago
        Really? Does anybody think a masked character on TV isn’t played by whoever is available that week?
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