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It would seem that someone is going through the trouble of staging an elaborate ruse by pretending to be none other than The Stig – at least, according to the BBC. An article in the North-West Evening Mail says that one Martin Perzylo recently spotted a suspiciously mute, white-suited individual blasting down the M55 in a Porsche. Perzylo followed the figure for about 30 minutes until the pretender to the test-driving throne pulled off and into a service station, followed by a convoy of Land Rovers wearing Top Gear logos. Despite an array of bodyguards on hand to make sure the imposter Stig kept his (her? its?) helmet on, Perzylo was brave enough to ask for a photo, and the individual obliged.

The BBC is none too happy about the incident, claiming that whoever was wearing the white racing suit and helmet was not The Stig. Really? We can't imagine too many folk with the means to wrangle up a Porsche, a convoy of Land Rovers and matching security would spend their time rolling around the British countryside pretending to be a TV celebrity. But then again, this sort of thing has happened at least once before. Either way, the broadcasting company says that it has launched an inquiry into the incident. You can hop over to the North-West Evening Mail to see the photo for yourself.

[Source: North-West Evening Mail]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's the Stig's French-Canadian cousin, Stig Villeneuve.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fine, since no one else has, I'll give credit where credit is due, best autoblog headline in quite a while. Good job guys.
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me, the guy just looks way too short to be the Stig.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ... all we know is, he's NOT the Stig, but he is the Stig's teeth whitening cousin!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awe I love that review, this car [the vw r32] is every bit as good as that is bad [the bmw 1 series]. Great choice :D
      • 4 Years Ago
      so people are STILL interested in this eh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't know about people with money. A few years ago, some 'people with money' hired a 747 and part of the Burbank airport to create a video of someone 'tagging' Air Force One....


      That probably cost far more than a few Land Rovers with stickers and a Porsche....
      • 4 Years Ago
      We are all the Stig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      like the Stig needs more publicity... sounds like a bunch of brits who may just have too much time on their hands
      • 4 Years Ago
      why would top gear be filming now? i'm pretty sure top gear only films between seasons. this is either a BBC publicity stunt or some dude with too much time and money.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's too bad there's no higher resolution picture. Not only does "the Stig" seem abnormally short but the helmet seems wrong, it's more like the older one the Stig wore.

      Also, why the hell would TG drive around with 'Top Gear' written on the side of their filming cars? I'd imagine that'd attract way too much attention and honking and whatnot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "“He began to take his helmet off, I saw the whole bottom part of his face when I called out. One of his bodyguards saw me and pushed the Stig’s helmet back on."

      Such BS. This is just a Top Gear publicity stunt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could be another publicity stunt perhaps.
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