Steane Klose | Jan 20, 2009

Some say he eats glass because he likes the ‘crunch’ and that he cut off his ears to aid his personal aerodynamics. All we know is that he’s called Ben Collins.

Hmmm…that doesn't sound right.

While we slept, it appears that The Stig’s true identity (this time around) has been revealed to be that of 33 year-old Ben Collins, at least according to the UK’s Telegraph.

ben-collinsCollins certainly has the driving smarts to double as The Stig, with a professional driving portfolio that includes NASCAR and LeMans. Collins has even filled in for Daniel Craig in the stunt driving sequences from the latest Bond flick, Quantum Of Solace.

The most important secret of our time, The Stig’s identity, was apparently revealed by Collins himself, when he was seeking assistance with a limited-edition print of The Stig in action, from an art gallery owner in Bristol.

This latest Stig identity revelation will not surprise everyone. Ben Collins was added to the short list of possible Stigs, following Hammond’s jet car accident, when he was listed as a witness in the police report. Since then, another small clue was uncovered by a builder working at Collins’ home, who came across a display cabinet housing The Stigs white suit and gloves…

So if Ben Collins is The Stig, some new questions are raised. Will Top Gear kill him off as they did when the black Stig revealed his identity? Is Ben Collins the only Stig, or will the widely-held belief that there is more than one Stig keep us all guessing for a long time yet?

[Source: The Telegraph via Autoblog]

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