Would BBC's Top Gear enjoy the same worldwide popularity and near-universal adoration without the silent mystery of its apex-hunting white knight, The Stig? Hard to say in earnest, but we'd like to believe the answer is "no." After all, the Clarkson blarney can get irritating after prolonged exposure, but solving the riddle of the current Stig is always fascinating.
All of which is why our ears perked right up when we heard that the latest man behind the white helmet may have been revealed as Scottish racing driver Gordon Shedden. Shedden might not be a household name here in the US, but British racing fans will undoubtedly recognize the Scot as the reigning British Touring Car champion and pilot of the Honda Yuasa Racing Team. The 34-year-old driver, nicknamed The Flash, was first called into question as The Stig when it became known that he was the pilot of the 130-mile-per hour Honda racing lawnmower (in this video) that was subsequently featured on Top Gear.
British newspaper The Daily Record out and out asked Shedden if he was the current Stig, to which the driver told the paper, "I don't think anyone can say that. At the end of the day, it is just a person in a white suit. It's more about the myth about Stig than who it is." A practiced non-answer, non-denial if we've ever heard one.