• Aug 29, 2010
We saw this one coming; the BBC has apparently sacked The Stig. Britain's Daily Mirror tabloid reports that the Stig, a.k.a. Ben Collins, has been let go and that a new Stig has already replaced him on Top Gear. In fact, the Mirror says it already have pics of the new Stig at a Nürburgring track event, wearing the signature white coveralls and smoked visor helmet. How does the paper know it's not Collins in the photos? Simple: it had another photographer at Ben's house – 1,100 miles away – watching Collins play with his children at the same time.

The firing of the Stig comes a week after a battle erupted over Collins' autobiography, slated for release in September. Details about the Stig's true identity have been trickling out for some time, including the recent discovery that Collins Auto-Sport, a company owned and operated by Ben Collins, claimed income from "driving services for the BBC, mainly in the Top Gear programme."

Of course, this could still just be speculation, and TG may have hired another driver just for that one track event. If Collins has indeed been canned and the show follows form, a segment will be filmed showing the demise of the white Stig and the appearance of his replacement. At least that's what they did when the original black-clad Stig, Perry McCarthy, left the show. Wonder what colors the new Stig will fly...

[Source: The Daily Mirror]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Some say he Cant be Fired... because hes in barbecue fire.
      All we know hes the STIG.

      • 4 Years Ago
      The stig always changes, theres is one set driver (Ben Collins) for all the usual stuff but every so often car companies will not loan a car to Top gear unless they have their own driver at the wheel. A prime example is Jay Kay who came on to drive his own F430 around the track even though it looked like Jeremy would have done it himself. Same with one of the Zondas and the Mclaren SLR.

      This could just be one of those things. Where the BBC even there at the ring or was it another person dressing up? If i owned a very very expensive car i would be the only one driving it. That way if i crash it'll be my problem and because i dont want anyone else to crash it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Stig is more like a soul that uses bodies and then when he's done with it, he goes off looking for another.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Red. Now that both black and white are taken, red is the next cool color. Maybe a dark gray, or, as they spell it across the pond, grey.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Racing Stripe
        • 4 Years Ago
        The next Stig has to have color shifting fabric weaved in so he looks iridiscent!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Mauve is the colour of the new Stig, I just KNOW it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope that's been done, Red Stig is Stig's Communist cousin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        MiG Stig was red. it's already been used.
        • 4 Years Ago
        He's a tamed race car driver, not a Power Ranger. Red is out. The new one will be black again. After all, we saw him resurrected in Australia did we not?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want pink stig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ben is an idiot for giving up the greatest job... IN THE WORLD.

      No joke either, I mean you know he is well paid, and gets to flog amazing cars at amazing locates... why would you want to give that up? No way is any book deal going to compare with that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That would explain why this past season was so short.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You what, screw this Ben Collins for wanting to reveal the identity of the Stig. It matters, not only in the mystique of the character, but the Stig was the only consistent part of the show. Now we're gonna have a new driver with different skills and IMO makes the tested track times uncomparable with the new driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      maybe the daily trash newspapers were wrong, ben collins isn't the stig, and nobody's been fired?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Stig was at Dragoncon last year. I bet he'll be there again this year.

      It's four days away now. He could drive a car across the pond in that time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Daily Mirror : Trash.

      Even if Ben Collins has been dropped, the Stig's a very smart device for hypercar manufacturers' own test-drivers to hoon around the TG test-track, rather than having to insure the BBC's driver...

      I genuinely hope that some might start saying that the Stig moonlights as the Daily Mirror's editor in Chief, and that during summer breaks he masquerades as Ben Collins...


      All we know is.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I doubt they let the manufacturers send their own drivers around the course. For starters they wouldn't be as quick simply because the Stig drives that track so often he probably has the line near perfect, except for that one time with Reubens Barichello of course. The other reason being the hard line they take on cars would seem a little ADD if they turned around and let them drive their own cars around the track. If jezza says your seats feel like sitting on rocks then i doubt the producers will let others drivers do it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Zmatt,

        They did it with Michael Schumacher and the Ferrari FXX, why wouldn't they do it with other cars?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I reckon a Silver driving suit woul look pretty good
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ben Collins was also a driver on the series under his own name at least once.

      Skip to 01:55

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBBwjm8Wqsk
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