The Man in the White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, the Fast Lane and Me

By Ben Collins

Top Gear's iconic driving force, the Stig, is finally revealed!

Ben Collins divulges how he got here to be Top Gear's iconic driving force, in addition to what it is prefer to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, educate for the military, face the phobia of Jeremy Clarkson's lingerie, and lots more and plenty extra. while the Black Stig disappeared off the tip of an airplane provider in 2003, audiences have been brought to the White Stig—faster, stranger, and more durable to maintain fresh. Ever considering, hundreds of thousands have wondered—who is the guy within the white go well with? they are approximately to determine. Ben Collins stuck the automobile the trojan horse younger, kicking his dad's boss within the balls for now not giving him a firm Jag, and this was once the perspective that at last led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's undies, James May's PhD thesis, and Richard Hammond's hairspray. Now he tells all approximately existence contained in the iconic white helmet: what it truly is prefer to advisor a blind ex-RAF officer round the most sensible Gear song, pit a drug dealer's Mitsubishi Evo opposed to a Trojan tank, set a Vauxhall Monaro opposed to Chloe the dancing Ninja, and race double-decker Routemasters opposed to flexible buses—not to say the entire within stuff on how the show's awesome using sequences are made. He additionally unearths how he received to be there—setting a Dunsfold lap time quicker than Michael Schumacher's. it is an amazing tale, informed through an grand man.

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I was hoping for a tougher substitute to kick off sequence eight. as a substitute i used to be passed the keys to a 119bhp Chevrolet Lacetti. It had the worst gear-box cash may purchase and the paintwork matched the Liana’s drab grey/blue. Jeremy invited seven mad celebs to return alongside at the related day and set a few occasions. He determined it'd be an exceptional inspiration to host a picnic in the course of lapping, at the verge on the final nook. there has been no aspect arguing; I had my paintings minimize out. James Hewitt, the affection rat, arrived first and canoodled a time, then Alan Davies gurned a lap. Trevor Eve, together with his crushing handshake, controlled to break a snatch sooner than lunchtime, yet he used to be quickest. Rick Wakeman climbed aboard and casually remarked that he had suffered a number of middle assaults long ago. ‘Are you convinced you need to be doing this? ’ ‘What do you're thinking that, Stig? ’ ‘I imagine you’re mad, yet it’s your name. ’ Off we went. Jeremy and Hammo have been getting caught into jam truffles and tea when I did my most sensible to collect up Jimmy Carr. Rock big name Justin Hawkins joined the mêlée and flat-footed it far and wide with a perma-grin. After that he joined Clarkson in music, with Wakeman tapping out a track on an electrical keyboard. I spent the entire afternoon in the back of the masks, brooding about why nobody else came upon the location completely surreal. Les Ferdinand arrived final. He used to be a professional footballer, so he’d most likely noticeable a couple of attractions in his time. He noticed the picnic and stopped 50 metres wanting it, having a look misplaced. Then he twigged that he used to be within the correct position however it was once too overdue to show round. His face used to be an image. Les narrowly misplaced out to Trevor Eve and legged it once Jeremy had learn out his time. training the celebrities used to be a hoot. I cried with laughter being pushed by way of Stavros, aka Harry Enfield, and should always remember listening to Joanna Lumley swear. I behaved myself … more often than not. the subsequent week i used to be awaiting a few one-on-one with Gordon Ramsay while, all of sudden, the Suzuki Liana used to be wheeled out and that i used to be invited to set a time. The Stig was once hardly ever going to refuse the problem. As for me, even though either motor vehicle and music have been frequent, there has been a special feel of strain. Years of telling people to force quicker and brake later may come again to hang-out me if, for any cause, I didn't beat Nigel Mansell’s really quickly time. Wilman had a mischievous glance in his eye that morning. He was once loving my second within the dock; it jogged my memory of the 1st day I drove for him. Jim and supply have been wringing their fingers with satisfaction and that i knew that components like weight differential, scorching climate and tyre put on wouldn’t wash. It used to be publish or close up. The Liana was once dreadful to force since it was once so roly-poly and gutless. The incessant understeer made it not easy to teach any aptitude or balls. urgent the brakes was once like status on a useless fish. After riding a supercar it used to be as interesting as submitting a tax go back. I climbed aboard the outdated woman and dragged her to the place to begin. ‘Right then, Stiggy,’ Jim acknowledged, ‘No strain. yet … it'd be nice television tube in the event you beat Mansell.

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