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#The Stig

# the-stig - Saturday 13 June, 2015

Who was The Stig's favourite star in a reasonably-priced car? Swearing Galore This post contains videos

Who was The Stig's favourite star in a reasonably-priced car?

Ben Collins reveals some of his best Top Gear moments.

# the-stig - Tuesday 9 June, 2015

So, what does The Stig drive? Top Gear This post contains videos

So, what does The Stig drive?

We weren’t expecting his answer…

# the-stig - Monday 8 June, 2015

'He didn't punch me': The Stig talks meeting Jeremy Clarkson for the first time in years No Fracas To See Here This post contains videos

'He didn't punch me': The Stig talks meeting Jeremy Clarkson for the first time in years

Ben Collins also tells us what he thinks of Chris Evans taking over as Top Gear host.

# the-stig - Monday 26 January, 2015

From The Daily Edge Ed Sheeran had his first ever driving lesson on Top Gear, and it went as well as you'd expect Now Into First

# the-stig - Friday 27 June, 2014

Will the Stig be doing a time trial in the Ring of Kerry?

Let’s file that under ‘thing we need to see’.

# the-stig - Wednesday 1 September, 2010

From The Daily Edge Stig’s identity revealed! Top Gear This post contains videos

Stig’s identity revealed!

BBC’s attempts to block revelation fail.

# the-stig - Tuesday 31 August, 2010

From The Daily Edge High Court case over Top Gear’s ‘Stig’ autobiography begins Top Gear

High Court case over Top Gear’s ‘Stig’ autobiography begins

Some say the BBC want to stop him printing his autobiography… all we know is, he’s called The Stig.

# the-stig - Thursday 19 August, 2010

He’s best known as the man in the plain white helmet, scooting around the Top Gear test track or training celebrities on how best to be a Star in a Reasonable Priced Car.

Now, Top Gear’s ‘tame racing driver, The Stig, faces a legal battle with the BBC over whether he’s allowed to give his real name.

The man behind the, eh, helmet wants to write an autobiography – but the broadcaster insists he’s not allowed to do so, claiming it would breach ”agreed contractual and confidentiality obligations relating to the programme” if he were to do so.

Only a handful of executives, and the show’s three presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, are said to know the Stig’s true identity. Even the celebrities he trains don’t know his real name.

But the Stig is understood to be privately annoyed at how much the show’s presenters earn from its lucrative spinoffs – with Jeremy Clarkson making £800,000 last year from the show’s commercial spinoffs, aside from his wage for presenting the show itself – while his own anonymity stops him from cashing in on the BBC’s Stig-related merchandise.

Media lawyers say the Stig may be able to defend his case by saying his identity is public domain already – with it being long believed that his real name is Ben Collins, a 33-year-old former Formula Three driver – and that his identity being withheld would be a basic violation of the driver’s human rights.

Ironically, the current Stig is the second person to fulfil the role – the original Stig, who wore an all-black suit instead of an all-white one, Perry McCarthy, was sacked when his identity was revealed.