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 truly is wish to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, teach for the military, face the fear of Jeremy Clarkson's undies, and lots more and plenty extra. while the Black Stig disappeared off the tip of an plane provider in 2003, audiences have been brought to the White Stig—faster, stranger, and tougher to maintain fresh. Ever considering the fact that, hundreds of thousands have wondered—who is the fellow within the white go well with? they are approximately to determine. Ben Collins stuck the auto the computer virus younger, kicking his dad's boss within the balls for no longer giving him an organization Jag, and this used to be the angle that finally led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's lingerie, 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 wish to advisor a blind ex-RAF officer round the best 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 inside of stuff on how the show's striking using sequences are made. He additionally finds how he acquired to be there—setting a Dunsfold lap time quicker than Michael Schumacher's. it really is an amazing tale, informed through an awesome man.

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