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The Stig named

There are times when even an old bloke like me can feel like a kid who has just been told that there is NO Santa. Today is such a day because what should I find when cruising around the news but the identity of the Stig…

The cult surrounding the character has grown because he is routinely introduced on the show with a humorous reference to his alleged non-human faculties. Introductions include ’Some say his voice can only be heard by cats’, and ’Some say one of his eyes is a testicle’.

The cult surrounding the character has grown because he is routinely introduced on the show with a humorous reference to his alleged non-human faculties. Introductions include ’Some say his voice can only be heard by cats’, and ’Some say one of his eyes is a testicle’.

Fortunately as a long time science fiction fan I have developed a Zen like ability to suspend all belief in objective reality and to entirely submerge myself into the reality on the screen.

If you are unable to do this and if your knowing  the name of Stig will forever ruin your enjoyment of Top Gear, then please for the love of all that is holy do not look over the fold because if you do your life will never be the same again .

Tears  Comrades, tears

😦

To the viewers of Top Gear, he is part man, part machine, with veins that course with petrol. But the true substance of “the Stig”, the BBC programme’s so-called tame racing driver, was revealed yesterday to be somewhat more prosaic.

The identity of the character, who test-drives cars around the Top Gear track, was divulged at the weekend as Ben Collins, a Bristol-based former American speedway driver and stuntman who doubled for Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond film.

The name of the white-suited Stig, beloved of the show’s hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, has been an open secret within the motoring world for some years, but the media have refrained from publishing his name to uphold the spirit of the programme.

On Sunday, however, a newspaper outed Collins, 33, after following up a story in a Bristol newspaper about a man commissioning a photographic studio in the city to produce limited edition prints of the character.


4 Comments

  1. This is a highly irresponsible post in an era when kids know how to use Google, Iain 😉

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Nah, It is because big “Kids” know how to use Google I can write a post like this and know that people will get what I am saying here.

  3. Keri says:

    I knew I shouldn’t, but when the Telegraph published it, I looked. I’m just surprised it was held back for so long.

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