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Offline jim501

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BBC faces legal battle against 'The Stig'
06:30 AEST Fri Aug 20 20108 hours 33 minutes ago
By ninemsn staff

The BBC is taking legal action against 'The Stig,' the mystery stunt driver on Top Gear, in an attempt to stop him from disclosing his identity.

The corporation is trying to prevent him from writing an autobiography, a move his lawyers say is in violation of his basic human rights, reports The Telegraph.

The Stig is always seen in his trademark white overalls with his face concealed behind a black visor when he test drives a number of cars as well as training celebrities for Top Gear’s ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car' segment.

There is a strict clause in his contract that prevents him from revealing his identity to anyone.

It is rumoured that only six people, including the programme's presenters — Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond — know his true identity.

Celebrities who appear on the program are not allowed to see his face.

The Stig is reportedly unhappy that other presenters are able to earn large sums of money from book deals and promotions from which he is barred.

It is understood that he has written a draft copy of the book and has found a publisher who wants to print it and has hired lawyers in order to do so.

The lawyers argue that preventing The Stig from writing a book would be in violation of the human right to free speech.

The BBC claims that the book would be both a breach of his contract and a breach of confidence laws.

The current Stig is the show's second after the original, Perry McCarthy, was dropped in 2003 after his identity was discovered.

Several racing drivers have been linked to the role, including Michael Schumacher who was “unveiled” as The Stig last year as part of a prank.



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If the BBC had any brains they would have hired Rubens Barrichello... :scratchchin:



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it would be a little hard hiring a current f1 driver, btw, if it was, im sure they would be more interested in writing a book about their f1 carrer over being the stig.
im not fussed who it is, because it will most likely be some random touring car driver from europe ive never heard of.

a contracts a contract though, its the same with any NDA



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it would be a little hard hiring a current f1 driver, btw, if it was, im sure they would be more interested in writing a book about their f1 carrer over being the stig.
im not fussed who it is, because it will most likely be some random touring car driver from europe ive never heard of.

a contracts a contract though, its the same with any NDA
I dont want to know who it is either. Reckon it would detract from that aspect of the show.
And I was suggesting hiring Barrichello for the legal case :p
Some say he is the only known thing that can defeat the Stig...



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Top Gear's The Stig is reported to be stuntman and racer Ben Collins

The man behind the white crash helmet and white racing suit is a professional stuntman and motor racer Ben Collins.

For years the identity of The Stig has been a closely guarded secret, but Collins - who has previously competed in Formula Three, Le Mans, GT and NASCAR - has apparently outed himself to staff at a Bristol gallery, The London Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

The 33-year-old let his secret slip when he asked them to help him produce a limited-edition print of The Stig in action.

"I was absolutely amazed when he said he was The Stig, it was quite a big thing in a weird way," gallery owner Simon Whitehead, 27, said.

Builder Jason Goody, 21, also discovered The Stig's identity when he did some work at Collins' home and found the famous white suit and gloves on display in a cabinet.

Other fans of Top Gear, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, have been closing in on Collins in recent months. One YouTube clip shows The Stig, in full disguise, talking with a Bristol accent to a foreign TV crew - and then cuts to Collins sounding very similar.

Collins, from Bristol, has always denied being The Stig and could face the sack if he admitted it. The first Stig, stunt driver Perry McCarthy, lost the job after outing himself in his book Flat Out, Flat Broke, published in 2002.

He was known as The Black Stig and always wore a black suit and helmet before he was "killed off" during the third series in 2003. Collins has since become The White Stig, and wears an all white helmet and suit.

Collins has appeared on Top Gear as himself on various occasions to perform some dramatic stunts.

The Health & Safety Executive report into Hammond's accident in September 2006 recorded that Collins had "worked closely with Top Gear as a high performance driver and consultant" and had prepared a briefing for the presenter.

Collins also recently spent three months working as a precision driver on the latest James Bond movie The Quantum of Solace.  He was the double for Daniel Craig and drove the Aston Martin DBS in some of the most challenging driving sequences.

"It was a bit like a dream come true to work on a Bond film. On the first day filming I had to pinch myself as I was sitting there in Bond's pin stripe suit with an Omega Watch. I felt totally at home in the Aston Martin DBS, which is just an awesome car and it was a lot of fun hammering it around the Alps," Collins said.

"There were sheer drops of a thousand feet on some of the roads we using. I think a highlight was sliding the DBS up the mountain road between two giant rocks, then onto the pass with nothing but a hand rail to stop the car falling off a cliff."

The Stig's name derives from Clarkson's days at Repton School where, he said, new students were always called "Stig".

The identity of White Stig has not been officially revealed and is regarded as a carefully guarded secret by the BBC, which makes the program.

"We never comment on speculation as to who or what The Stig is," said a Top Gear spokesman.
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Some say there is 3 main stigs. Foremost being Ben Collins. Oh wait. I said that.


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Former race car driver Ben Collins named as Top Gear's The Stig

The Stig ... Ben Collins has been revealed as the man beneath the white suit

    * Newspaper names The Stig
    * Says he is former racer Ben Collins
    * Top Gear won't confirm it

TOP Gear fans may think he’s superhuman but it has been revealed that The Stig is actually a mere mortal – former racer and James Bond stunt driver Ben Collins.

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