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The Stig Is Ben Collins

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Who is "The Stig?" It's Ben Collins! But wait, who is Ben Collins? More importantly, how was he outed at an art gallery?


For starters, Ben Collins is James Bond's stunt double from the recent 007 thriller Quantum of Solace. As to how he was outed, well, It seems Collins revealed his secret identity to a Bristol art gallery owner in order to commission an artwork commemorating his exploits on Top Gear. In 2002, Perry McCarthy revealed he was the black Stig, prompting his firing from the series. It's believed that Collins could now suffer a similar fate.

Collins' non-secret driving credentials are beyond reproach: he's raced in Formula 3, NASCAR and Le Mans, as well as providing stunt driving services for television and movie production. As we've already said, he was even Daniel Craig's stunt double in Quantum of Solace.

Collins has been tipped as the Stig before. This video from 2007 compares The Stig's voice to Collins' and last year a builder discovered a white racing suit and helmet while working on Collins' home.


The BBC has declined to comment saying, "We never comment on speculation as to who or what The Stig is."

[via The Telegraph]