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by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 1st 2009 6:01PM
Television is a mysterious world full of ... um, mysteries. Mysteries like what was Rebecca's job when she started working at Cheers? Who puts the mother in How I Met Your Mother? Has anyone anywhere in the universe ever voluntarily watched an entire episode of According to Jim?

One of your idiot box's biggest mysteries has been answered, sort of.

The Daily Mail of London revealed they have unearthed the true identity of The Stig, Top Gear's "tame racing driver."

The fish wrap first learned from unidentified sources that former Formula One driver and James Bond stunt double Ben Collins was the man the BBC hired to run laps in pristine supercars and train celebrities to drive a Chevrolet Lacetti through Hammerhead as fast as possible without getting a face full of air bag.

As reporters began digging into the tip, they found the show actually might have as many as four drivers who pose as the Stig. Another unnamed source, this time from the show's production staff, told reporters that Formula One driver Julian Bailey is the man behind the racing visor.

A few shovel slings later and more Stigs surfaced. The Daily Mail claimed that former GT world championship driver Chris Goodwin, world record holding stunt driver Terry Grant, and Formula One driver Heikki Kovalainen all served as the Stig in various episodes. The show even hired Dan Lang, a snowmobile racing champion, to prove the Stig could handle a powder rocket.

The BBC, of course, did not deny or confirm any of the names the Daily Mail had found. The BBC said, "We never comment on speculation as to whom or what the Stig is," making it the greatest line ever found in a press release since the White House Press Office stopped letting President Bush have the "final say" on proofreading press releases.

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Rocketboy_X

I love all the "Who's the Stig" seculation. The gross majority of Top Gear fans don't care. It's not like Superman is any less Super once you know he's Clark Kent.

Anyways, some say that he's no-one, and everyone at the same time.

February 02 2009 at 7:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

I will now identify The Stig!

Former F1 driver Perry McCarthy.

Of course he isn't the current Stig. In the first two seasons of the show Perry McCarthy was the original Stig, dressed head to toe in black. When McCarthy revealed that he was The Stig, the Black Stig was loaded on board a Jaguar XJS which then drove off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. With him (supposedly) in it. The Stig is contractually obliged not to identify himself as such and this is the fate of any who deign to do so.

February 02 2009 at 1:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vox

Actually, from what the stars say when talking with Jeremy, the Stig keeps the visor down while teaching them, so I'm pretty sure most of them, at least, have no clue who the Stig is either.

February 01 2009 at 10:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
StillBash

This post is friggin awesome. I can't get the smirk off my face :-))

February 01 2009 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
joy

But here's my question...if they keep having different stars in their reasonably priced car, and they *all* get trained by The Stig, are they all signing confidentiality agreements not to tell who The Stig really is? Because that's a *lot* of people who know, methinks.

February 01 2009 at 6:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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StillBash

Maybe they were just told that the Stig isn't always the same person which would render outing his identity moot.

February 01 2009 at 7:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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