• Aug 23, 2010
Is everything made by Aston Martin better than everything made by Ferrari? Is the Porsche 911 really nothing more than a glorified Volkswagen? Is a three-wheeled Reliant Robin the best possible choice as a replacement for the out-of-service space shuttle? And, finally, Who is the Stig?

These are the ongoing questions asked time and time again by fans of the hit British motoring show Top Gear. And, in the case of the Stig, that topic is also one of Google's most often searched queries. Interestingly enough, those in the know claim they've had the answer for quite some time.

If you don't want the elaborate ruse to be spoiled, stop reading now. Still with us? Okay, good. It's Ben Collins. Allegedly. In this particular case, though, the evidence seems almost indisputable since it comes from financial information obtained from Collins Autosport, Ben Collins' own company.

According to the paperwork, the former Formula Three racing driver had a big increase in pay in 2003, which just so happens to be the first year in which the White Stig took over for the recently deceased Black Stig. That income was reportedly from "driving services provided for the BBC, mainly in the Top Gear programme." So there you go. Mystery solved?

P.S. – Can we get that autobiography already, then?

[Source: Telegraph]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Some say, he's the 9th wonder of the world..
      • 4 Years Ago
      To me the Stig is like a secret superhero who only a selected few know who he is. just like spyder man, spyder man..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Secret identities aren't nearly as cool when they're NO LONGER SECRET.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Okay, so who was "the recently deceased Black Stig"?

      And yes, this comment system sucks. Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V are my friends.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A guy named Perry McCarthy. He was in Formula Ford and Formula 3 through the 1980s, Formula 1 briefly at the beginning of the 1990s, and has raced multiple times at 24 Hours of Le Mans as recently as 2003.
      • 4 Years Ago

      Ben Collins is nearly a foot taller and has wider shoulders.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Some say his first name really is ‘The', and that he has a surprising number of shoulders. All we know is, he's called The Stig."

      Does Clarkson just pull these out of the air, or what?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think last year there was an article about Ben Collins being the Stig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some say when his name is revealed, he leaves to infect a new host body. All we know is, he's called The Stig!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And on that bombshell...!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dammit, I hate this comment format.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This has been known for ages. He even showed up in a few of the challenges unmasked. Anyway, this will only mean that he will be killed off at some point in the future. New Stig should be blue or red. Match the new car, go with red.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ben who?
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