• Sep 22, 2010
Another day, another Stig story. But this one's a bit different. The now ex-white-suited BBC driver Ben Collins has suggested that Top Gear run an X-Factor style contest to find the next Stig. From his interview with the Telegraph:
"If I were working on the show I'd suggest they do a shoot out – a sort of Who Wants to Be the Stig? X Factor. People could turn up in balaclavas and they could all have a go."
Collins goes on to say that the producers would be acting "childish" if they choose to go forward without a new faceless driver, which we couldn't agree with more. But...

While Collins' idea could certainly make for entertaining telly, two issues come to mind: 1) People go on reality shows to become known, with the hopes gaining fame and fortune. Yet Collins resigned from his spot exactly because he hadn't received what he felt was his fair share. That's not likely to change with the next Stig. And 2) The reason the idea of the Stig is so successful is exactly because we don't know who he is. The masked man's skills have never been called into question because he is the ultimate impartial and unbiased driver. If we know his (or her) identity, his resume and what backhanded schemes he pulled off to land the top spot in a reality show, are we going to trust him? Probably not.

[Source: Telegraph]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Stig? what is that? Never heard about that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they should make Sabine Schmitz the new Stig. (or would that be the Stigette?) ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this has potential. Picture it now, 10 identical looking people. They never talk or show emotion. Just drive. They could have a whole dramatic thing going, just like most reality shows, but the people on the show can't show emotion if they win or lose. I think it could be a fun way of picking new stiggy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am the next Stig!
      surrealchemist
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would watch this show but it kinda defeats the whole idea of the stig.
      It would be fun to see the challenges and racing though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Blog reader suggests "Ben Collins should STFU" reality tv show
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they should have 2 stigs in opposing colors, and play them as hated rivals of one another. Sort of like Spy vs Spy. Then people can take sides, based on absolutely nothing, and they can mark the power lap times with 'red stig' vs 'blue stig', and show one glaring angrily through the black visor as the opposite stig sets a top lap time. Anyway, it'd be something a little different.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And after the winner is chosen they are immediately fired b/c people know who the stig is...

      Did he forget why he was let go?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like he's trying to keep his name out there...
      • 4 Years Ago
      oh what, i made this suggestion a whiles ago, mind you i think i posted it on jalopnik though >.<

      id like the u.s. version do its own as well
      • 4 Years Ago
      one word...No.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You shut your stupid mouth, Ben Collins. You've done enough harm to the Stig legacy, and if you keep it up, I will eat your face!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Two words. Hell No!
        • 4 Years Ago
        B-b-b-but... I want to be The Stig :'(
      • 4 Years Ago
      So which extroverted wanna-be is going to agree to wear a helmet on camera and never speak?

      None.

      Just give the job to Tommy Kendall. He's not doing anything these days.
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