Top Gear's Stig Has Finally Been Unmasked

Daniel GoochAnalyst ISeptember 1, 2010

TV's biggest secret has be revealed. The identity of "The Stig" has been named. It is not Michael Schumacher, as some people believed.

The stig is...

Ben Collins.


Collins, 35, was one of the stunt drivers who drove the Aston Martins in the latest 007 film, "Quantam of Solace."

On his website in a small paragraph it says: "Collins is also a leading stunt driver for film and television."

The BBC have been in a battle with Collins after it was found that he was going to reveal who he was in his autobiography.  

The BBC went to court over it but has refused an injunction preventing the revealing of the Stig's identity.

After the ruling a BBC spokesperson said: "The BBC brought this action as we believe it is vital to protect the character of the Stig which ultimately belongs to the licence fee payer.

Today's judgement does not prevent the BBC from pursuing this matter to trial and the BBC will not be deterred from protecting such information from attack no matter when or by whom it should arise."

Top Gear's boss tried his best to keep the secret a secret as he wrote a passionate blog in defence of keeping the Stig's identity secret.

In it he said: "The whole point of the Stig is the mystique—the bizarre characteristics he has, the wonderment created about what he might think, feel, do or look like. Kids adore the conceit, and I believe adults, although they know it’s a man in a suit (or is it?), gladly buy into the whole conceit because they find it entertaining."

The Stig wasn't meant to be a hit with the audience. He was just meant to be a test driver to drive featured sports cars around the shows test track very fast.

The anonymous driver became a legend on the show after Jeremy Clarkson started introducing him each week with different comic sayings.

His face was blocked by a helmet, so not even the celebs who appeared on the show knew who he was.

Now that we all know who he is, Top Gear will change. The moment in the show when the Stig drives the car will not be the highlight it used to be.

Instead of a mysterious guy driving round the's Ben.