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By Ben Collins

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

Ben Collins divulges how he got here to be Top Gear's iconic motive force, in addition to what it truly is prefer to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, teach for the military, face the phobia of Jeremy Clarkson's lingerie, and lots more and plenty extra. whilst the Black Stig disappeared off the top of an plane service in 2003, audiences have been brought to the White Stig—faster, stranger, and tougher to maintain fresh. Ever when you consider that, thousands have wondered—who is the fellow within the white swimsuit? they are approximately to determine. Ben Collins stuck the auto the trojan horse younger, kicking his dad's boss within the balls for no longer giving him a firm Jag, and this used to be the perspective 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 is prefer to consultant a blind ex-RAF officer round the most sensible Gear music, 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 all of the inside of stuff on how the show's notable using sequences are made. He additionally unearths how he bought to be there—setting a Dunsfold lap time swifter than Michael Schumacher's. it truly is an grand tale, instructed through an awesome man.

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