• Aug 27th 2010 at 3:29PM
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Who is the Stig? That question is consistently one of Google's top queries, proving the world wants to know the identity of Top Gear's masked racing driver. But... ask yourself again, Do you really want to know who the Stig is?

As pointed out by Top Gear producer Andy Wilman, part of the reason we all care so much about the Stig is because of the mystery surrounding his identity. What's more, his character is owned and was created and nurtured by the BBC – just the same as a camera or the film used to record a scene belongs to the British broadcaster, so does intellectual property like this suspiciously fast driving character.

We can't argue with that, especially after reading Wilman's take on the subject. Perhaps once the man behind the mask is no longer under the employ of the BBC and bound by his signed contract, we'll be free to know his true identity and read his memoirs. Until then, though, Top Gear seems ready to do all it can to keep the Stig's alter ego a closely guarded secret. Including fighting a battle with HarperCollins in court to keep an autobiography from being published.

'Course, if you don't care about any of that, click here for a possible spoiler...

[Source: Top Gear]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I recently watched one of the earlier episodes of Top Gear and a star in a reasonably priced car said he had a french accent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the appeals of the Stig is his anonymity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are we going to get an American Stig for the American version of the show. It never seems like taking a winning team and trying to make it work somewhere else ever works?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They tries to find American Stig, but all the candidates were shifting weights and tuning the eight motors on their pullin' ttractors...

        All kidding aside, would you really want a replica of the original? Fieros don't make good Ferari's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I like about this whole matter is this: The Stig is like the UFO phenomena. UFOs are 'real' and so too, the 'man' inside the white suit is real - at least there's enough substantial evidence for both to justify believing in them - and just like the military's strangle-hold on the identity of UFOs, so too the BBC's stangle-hold on the identity of the Stig brings up a question: Is the Stig really an alien?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm gonna try a "Stig-ism", let me know what you think:

      Some say...he goes Trick-or-Treating as himself, sans-racing suit...
      ...and that he can use his own urine, to re-fuel his car...

      ...All we know is, he's called the Stig!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is a case of never meet your childhood heroes... Lets say he does reveal his identity, yea we will all kinda go "yeah!", and the man will get lots of attention and money, and fame. He'll have his year of prime, and after he will end up on youtube, drunk, trying to prove that he CAN ride a bicycle... Stig is an Icon, a man behind the mask is not.
      • 5 Years Ago
      some say he was resuscitated from the ashes of ancient gods, and those who dare to look under his visor will no longer speak a word for the rest of their lives. All we know is that he is call the stig.
        • 5 Years Ago
        seriously sometimes they just won't shut up. I hope my gf is not reading this because she reads autoblog.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Stig looks a little bit skinny in that picture. Somebody hand him a sammich!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't get it!!!

      So, did they fake Michael Schumacher as the stig?


      • 5 Years Ago
      Some say he is really Chuck Norris trying to obey the laws of physics...
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