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BBC Trying to Stop New Book from Un-Helmeting 'Top Gear's' The Stig

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 26th 2010 8:29PM
The Stig from BBC's TV is full of great mysteries. Would the California Kid have been able to jump that shark before The Fonz jumped it and took the rest of the "Happy Days" series with him? Did Vic Mackey choose to chase down his missing family after the final moments of 'The Shield' or was the entire series just a really weird dream? Did anyone under 90 watch a full episode of 'Diagnosis: Murder?'

One that just won't go away is the true identity of 'The Stig.' He's the tame racing driver from BBC's 'Top Gear' who tests all of the cars reviewed on the show and helps stars get the best time without rolling the "Reasonably Priced Car" into a ditch and the network into Chapter 11.

A book is in the works that claims to have the true identity of the man who only knows two facts about ducks, and the BBC is doing everything in its power to stop it from seeing shelf space.

The BBC filed a civil lawsuit against HarperCollins, the publishing company behind the new 'Top Gear' expose, in London's High Court.

It seems that The Stig is contractually obligated to keep his true identity under wraps, and the pending book would violate that contract. It would also destroy the air of mystery that has been part of 'Top Gear's' successful formula and BBC officials said they plan to do everything they can to preserve and protect one of their highest-rated shows.

The story doesn't say exactly what the book is about or whether it will pull back the curtain on just The Stig or the entire 'Top Gear' operation. Of course, this isn't the first time someone has tried to unmask The Stig. The Daily Mail revealed that the show may have as many as seven professional racers and drivers have worn the white racing suit for the show. I hope they took to the dry cleaners in between episodes.

The latest rumors say that Bristol race car driver Ben Collins is actually The Stig since his company lists 'Top Gear' on his income statement, but he has said anything to confirm or deny those claims.

Here's how I hope this whole thing goes down. The London High Court calls The Stig to the stand. A stoic man in a pure white racing jumpsuit and racing helmet emerges from the furor of the courtroom. He stands up, but someone else in the courtroom puts a hand to his chest, motioning to stop him. He stands up and proclaims "I am The Stig." Then another man in the courtroom stands and exclaims "I am The Stig." An old lady stands and says "I am The Stig." Then another and another and another. One confused man stands and proudly proclaims "No, I'm Spartacus!"

The Stig has been an integral part of the aura of 'Top Gear.' Sure we all know a human being has to be behind that sun-blocking visor. But the show is more fun when your mind ventures into la-la-land and imagines that the suit is filled with some kind of mutant driving machine that pumps 10W40 through a series of fiber-optic veins and keeps his pneumatic knee and elbow joints pushing and retracting with tenacious accuracy.

Of course, if the book goes to press and his identity is revealed, we'll report on it. I pray it doesn't have to come to that. Plus, I would never raise the ire of a man who is banned in 17 U.S. states and has some terrible plans involving the moon.

(Follow Danny Gallagher at @thisisdannyg)

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That one episode was a hoax... But TV Squad you're a little behind as The Stig revealed himself earlier this week...

August 26 2010 at 10:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I distinctly remember watching an episode recently online (after reading an article on TV Squad) that unmasked the Stig. What is this all about if he has already been unmasked?

August 26 2010 at 9:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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