• Sep 1st 2010 at 2:57PM
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The Stig has taken another step toward shrugging off the shackles of the BBC. As you may recall, Top Gear's tame racing driver recently locked horns with the Beeb after he made it clear he wanted to publish his memoirs. The show's producers found issue with text, saying that revealing his identity would not only be a disservice to the fans of the show, but that it would also violate the terms of his contract. Thing is, a judge has struck down the BBC's injunction to keep The Stig from publishing his book. That means publisher HarperCollins can move forward on bringing the book to life without fear of any further legal action from the BBC.

Interestingly enough, Ben Collins, the man who has long-been rumored to be the Stig, was spotted leaving the courthouse shortly after the ruling was issued. Collins was evasive when asked by reporters if he was the man in white, though we have a hard time thinking of any other reason why he would be at the hearing.

[Source: The Guardian]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      @ The Stig:

      In the infamous words of Deebo from Friday:

      "Quit bein' a b!tch and c'mon!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy is an inconsiderate jerk. I absolutely don't care if he is the Stig. If he thinks this will bring him more fame, he's wrong. He is potentially ruining one of the best shows in TV history, so he can sell his worthless book. Couldn't he have waited on until Top Gear is no more. What a turd he is.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well I don't understand why he's doing this, I mean he had the choice of publish a stupid book, or keep quiet and keep the best job in the world wich is driving every new sports cars...tough choice. Goodbye
        • 4 Years Ago
        His company was doing well from its association with Top Gear, the Stig was an open secret for many years and his firm garnered kudos not just for having the Stig but for being discreet about it. From now on he will be known as that idiot that told the kiddies that Santa doesn't exist. All this for a book with a tiny market in the UK and an even tinier market outside it. It's such a stupid move that perhaps there are Shenanigans?

        Just an example, Santa obviously does exist.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm fine with him releasing his memoirs, just not now. He should have waited a few more years until he wasn't on the show or the show was completely over with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        dead on. and, as others have opined, i suspect they'll end up offing the stig.
        hire schumi since hes going nowhere in f1.

        guaranteed even better ratings, and who the hell is going to miss a nobody (ben collins) when schumi is racing round the track?

        id bet schumi would even do it for free.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Stig is the celebrity not the driver in the suit. Whoever comes out as the stig in the book is likely to get fired but I doubt their celebrity status will increase much. If Ben Collins is indeed the Stig he might get a little bit of fame for a while but where does he go from there?

        On the other hand the Stig itself will remain a brand and whoever replaces him will get a cut of the money that comes from Stig merchandise. People like the Stig but aside from curiousity have no interest in who is in that suit.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Schumacher is a bilionaire, i think he has lot to do.
        but it could be
      • 4 Years Ago
      No fear of further legal action? I think that's overstating it. The Guardian article doesn't say that; in fact it includes a statement from the BBC that suggests otherwise.

      Declining a temporary injunction is not an absolution of liability, is it?
        • 4 Years Ago

        I think you're absolutely right. The Guardian article states, in fairly certain terms, that the BBC intends to pursue this matter further.

        Did Zach Bowman read the same Guardian article that we did?
      • 4 Years Ago
      it's me, i'm the stig.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe they should make Sea Urchin the next Stig?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fire him, get a new Stig, move on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I suspect that the BBC is trying to protect more than the Stig's identity — perhaps he'll blow the lid on many aspects of the show that we'd rather not know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think you hit the nail on the head. He knows the in and outs of the entire show and they obviously dont want that to come out. Pretty much everyone knows who the stig is now. He might even have some good dirt on the show too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      everyone has their price....why doesnt "the world biggest broadcasting corporation" pay him a large amount to keep his book off the shelves and his mouth shut!
      i like the stig, it had character and its really pathetic what this man is doing to ruin the mystery of the stig. my advice is, send him packing, discredit him on the show to the point where his book flops completely then find some legal issue with the book, sue him and ruin him completely.
      Fact of the matter is top gear is a huuugggeee show now, any capable race driver would be more than eager to put on a new stig costume (whatever the colour) and be the new stig.
      im at the point where i almost want him to get fired, cuz his mystery is already fading

      "some say hes been on earth too long and has learned to imitate human beliefs and values and that now the only driving he will do is to the unemployment office..."
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sure his days at the beeb are numbered, they did, afterall, kill of f the last stig who wanted to show his face.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He could have waited until after his stint was done. Of course, now it IS done, so it all works out. Especially if few buy the book.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I honestly have a feeling that this is just a big publicity stunt in some way...for Top Gear
        • 4 Years Ago
        eh...my previous comments were supposed to be in reply to Andre Neves, not havoc. D'oh. Stupid comment system. :
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have just done something creative like say it was 'as told to him by his good friend the stig' who also gave him power of attorney.

      In the end, it does ruin it a little knowing who the guy is.
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