Steane Klose | Feb 6, 2009

Some say, it don’t matter if they’re black or white, as long as they can drive fast and shrug off a 25 percent pay cut. All we know is, they are both called The Stig...

The higher paid folks behind Top Gear, including Clarkson himself, are apparently taking 25 percent pay cuts, but that doesn’t appear to have stifled their creativity.

The mystery that is The Stig (or is that now The Stigs) has reached an all new level thanks to a YouTube video hitting the interwebs overnight. Fans will be shocked to learn that it reveals the Black Stig returning from his watery grave… alive.

Fans of the world’s only decent motoring show will remember the Black Stig driving a modified Jaguar XJS off the deck of the HMS Invincible aircraft carrier back in 2003, reportedly to his death. At the time, the Black Stig had been revealed as being Perry McCarthy.

The press release accompanying the video reads in-part as follows;

"... how he survived, nobody knows. Some believe he used the nitrous octane equipment from the Jag to breathe. Some believe he can communicate with dolphins and they cared for him. Has he returned because he can sense White Stig has had his identity exposed?"

It was only recently revealed that Ben Collins was the face behind the White Stig’s helmet.

Why has the BBC revived the Black Stig?

Is it because the White Stig wouldn’t cop a 25 percent decrease in pay?

Is the Black Stig simply the White Stig in disguise?

Did the Black Stig really survive out in the ocean for five years, and, if he did, what did he eat?

Are two Stigs simply better than one?

We’re afraid that there are more questions than answers posed by the Black Stig’s mysterious reappearance and suspect that those answers will only be found by tuning into the next season of Top Gear.

[Source: Times via Autoblog]

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