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.


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      Vassilis Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Top Gear isn't so amazing and popular because of the Stig. It's because of the whole presenting team and it's fantastically directed and scripted films.
      Ryan C. Lawson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I heard that once the Stig ate an entire cow without taking off his helmet. And I believe it.
      rattrap007
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are some who say his favorite shirt has a picture of a shirt on it. And then there are those who say he has no face, but we simply know him as The Stig...
      ChaosphereIX
      • 1 Year Ago
      Huge fan of Flash, he is a fantastic competitor and a very, very talented driver. Dont want to hear if he is the Stig, however. If he is, then good for him must be a good gig.
      Ken
      • 1 Year Ago
      I liked The Stig's "Fat American Cousin" when they toured thru the Deep South years ago :)
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      You're welcome, AB. Glad you found the story worthwhile. ;-)
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buffoon Clarkson is still profiteering from his government job? And making life miserable for his colleagues? Man!
      Tarantula
      • 1 Year Ago
      So I'm assuming he is getting paid in strong pornography then......
      rkeeeballs
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am the Stig....keys to the Veron please..........O' yeah !... :>)
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Loren Smith
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't want to know who the Stig is.
      thenewrick
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares, it's a TV character. The character doesn't change regardless of who plays them; for example Dr. Who.
        Julez
        • 1 Year Ago
        @thenewrick
        Disagree, the character did change. Do you not remember the black stig?
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