TOP GEAR’s ‘The Stig’ Wins Battle to Publish Autobiography

Top Gear‘s “The Stig” and HarperCollins have won their court battle with the BBC over the right to publish his autobiography and reveal the mystery man’s identity. The BBC had argued that the confidentiality agreements they had with The Stig should prohibit him from writing about his time on Top Gear. The court rejected that argument and HarperCollins will proceed with their plan to publish The Man in the White Suit on September 16th.

So (spoiler alert?) the man behind the white helmet has been revealed to beā€¦Ben Collins. He’s been involved in racing since 1994 and has driven in Formula 3, NASCAR, and at the Le Mans 24 hour. He also was a stunt double for Daniel Craig in the James Bond movie, The Quantum of Solace.

Collins has been The Stig for the past 7 years, but his future with the show is uncertain. The BBC hasn’t announced their plans for the upcoming season of Top Gear and some have speculated that they could eliminate The Stig from the show altogether. However, Sky News quotes Jana Bennett, Director of BBC Vision, as saying “Viewers of Top Gear shouldn’t worry The Stig lives on and will be back in the new year.”

The Man in the White Suit by Ben Collins will be released on September 16, 2010 in the UK. There’s no word on when it will be available in the US.

(Source: Mirror)

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  • Heather

    The stig will be back, but collins is going to be sacked. He had to know this, which is what makes his behavior so lousy. The guy who wore the stig costume before him did pretty much the same thing if I remember correctly, so they ‘killed’ that stig off in the show and had the new one show up. If he wanted to quit, he could have just done it, laid low for a few months to let them get a new stig in the white suit, then later on dropped the autobiography. That way, no crying kiddies, no bother of having to kill off another stig. The BBC could call him a raving madman, put the two of them in the same room together, etc. It could have been good fun had by all, instead of a big, greedy stink.