• Aug 19, 2010
Some say he's a literary giant, and that a portion of his autobiography is featured on the Rosetta Stone. All we know is, he's ticked off the BBC bosses by seeking to publish his memoirs. According to UKPA and ESPN, the tame racing driver has written the tale of his life and wants to share it with the world. The only problem is doing so would violate the confidentiality agreement in the Stig's contract. The Beeb is also arguing that revealing his identity would ruin Top Gear for the millions of fans of the show around the world.

Supposedly there are only a scant few people who actually know the Stig's true identity, including Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. As the UKPA points out, each of those presenters has gone on to other money-making projects outside of the Top Gear realm, leaving the poor Stig to take out his frustrations on the reasonably-priced car. We don't necessarily see what the BBC is so concerned about. It's not like anyone reads Morse code these days anyway.

[Source: UKPA, ESPN]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      We all know that the Stig is actually Batman.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This actually makes me sad a little...

      :'(
      • 4 Years Ago
      ha morse code
        • 4 Years Ago
        What did the morse code say anyways?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The "day-to-day" Stig is Ben Collins (it's an open secret in the UK motoring world), but various people pull on the white overalls at different times depending on if there specialist vehicles on the show, or even when a manufacturer wants one of their own drivers for the timed laps (for insurance reasons, belief they will get more out of the car or whatever). Rumour has it Heikki Kovalainen was the Stig when the Renault F1 went round the Top Gear track in 2004, as just one example.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The stig is one chap in 90% of cases...unless for instance it's a specialist car, i.e the Ferrarri FXX WASN'T the stig.

      However for the rest of everything it's one guy...I'm one of the priveliged few who knows, from the Britcar episode..but can't say how or why.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Most of the people who watch the show, myself included, would most likely have absolutely no idea who he/she is if BBC were to reveal the identity.

        It'd be like "Oh... ok".

        It's not like it's Nixon in that suit, so that you would be going around tellin your coworkers "Hey, can you imagine Nixon was The Stig?!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      I figured the "Stig" was interchangable and that Top Gear likely had a number of guys stand in as the Stig at one time or another.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Stiggy is truly a top-end former race car driver, I'm guessing he's not hurting in the personal finance department. Still, Top Gear can't go on forever, and I would hope the final show would reveal who he is. Then he can go do whatever the heck he wants.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know what goal his reveal would achieve. The Stig's personality consists entirely of fictitious attributes created by others - he's like the Chuck Norris of England.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't they have an interview with Michael Schumacker, telling us that he was the Stig?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Schumacher was at Top Gear as the Stig because Ferrari rarely lets non Ferrari drivers (at that time) drive its XX models. So it wasn't the real white Stig who drove the FXX to deliver a lap time of 1:09.

        Presenting Shumi as the Stig was just part of the show, Top Gear's way to honor a seven time Formula One world champion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So how does The Stig show train all the drivers in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car section without letting them know who s/he is? Even with the helmet on I would think the voice would be a give away to some
      • 4 Years Ago
      And the following week Jeremy said it was someone posing as the Stig who drove the FXX around the track (aka Michael Schumacher).
      • 4 Years Ago
      In these days of googling everything and instant gratification, not knowing who The Stig is remains a wonderful mystery. I think the BBC knows what they are doing, the instant this was published the true identity would be revealed.

      Of course, the BBC could take a play from the Dr. Who playbook and let a new Stig regenerate as the old one lifts the helmet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Stig is about 50 different guys. He's whoever's car company has hired to put the best lap of their car on the power board.

      Although there is probably 1 guy hired to teach the stars how to drive the reasonably priced car and make cameo's on the show.

      Thats just my opinion though...

        • 4 Years Ago
        I seriously doubt it

        Top Gear is notorious for not caring who they piss off and I can't see them allowing every car maker to select one of their own drivers to be stig for the day
        • 4 Years Ago
        So, the car companies care enough about the lap time that they insist on hiring their own drivers yet they are prefectly fine if Jeremy calls their car rubbish?

        Didn't Koenigsegg add a spoiler to the CCX after the Stig couldn't keep it on the track and he recommended they add one? If it was their own hired driver you would think the suggestion would have been made before the appearance on TG.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Finally, we're figuring this out. Clarkson commenting on Stig's characteristics = to adults talking about Santa Claus in front of kids. If the lap times were known to be set by different drivers it would take something away from the authority of that time board - considering the way we auto enthusiast argue on and on.
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