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.Ben Collins (born 13 February 1975[1]) is a former racing car driver from Bristol, England.^ Is Ben Collins racing driver racing in Nascars Sprint Race 2008 this year?
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^ Drivers Aaron Scott and Ben Collins in car #45 were not so lucky.
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^ The truth emerged this week after a report claimed to have unearthed the identity of the Stig as Ben Collins, a Bristol-based former American speedway driver and stuntman who doubled for Daniel Craig in the latest James Bond film.
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.He started his motorsport career in 1994, competing in Formula First and Formula Vauxhall Junior on his way to International Formula 3.^ Collins started his motorsport career in 1994, competing in Formula First and Formula Vauxhall Junior on his way to International Formula 3.
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^ Ben Collins began racing in Formula First and Formula Vauxhall Junior at 19, before competing in Formula 3 racing – two tiers behind World Champion Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1.
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He found success in Motor Sport in several branches ranging from Formula Three and Le Mans Sportscars to GT and NASCAR.
.Collins was placed second in the Marlboro Masters world class Formula 3 championship event in 2000. He set the pace at the 2001 Le Mans 24 hours race in his first season for approximately four hours during the rain at night.^ After beginning his career in motor racing in 1994, he has raced at Le Mans, in Formula Three and GT and now charges upwards of £1,000 for giving motivational speeches.
  • Bristol man and former NASCAR driver revealed as The Stig | The Australian 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.theaustralian.news.com.au [Source type: News]

^ This is also his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2009 and his first victory and first top-10 finish in one races at Iowa Speedway.
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^ A report from Britain's Daily Telegraph says the motoring show's test driver has been unmasked for the first time as professional stuntman and Le Mans race driver Ben Collins.
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.After winning the European Stock Car Championship in 2003 ASCAR stock car racing he was signed by PDM Racing to do selected rounds of the 2004 Indy Racing League, but the car never appeared.^ The Indy Racing League wisely decided to make practice an ?all-skate?
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^ The Damax team have until 02 July to prepare the three Ascari KZ-1R cars for the next round of the FIA GT3 European Championship in Oschersleben, Germany.
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^ Mr Kovalainen starred as the Stig to race a Renault Formula One racing car round the Top Gear track in 2004.
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.In 2005, he competed in the British GT Championship in a Porsche 996 GT3, winning races on the way before moving up to the FIA GT Series with Ascari where he led races and scored several Pole Positions.^ The Damax Team, who are entering the three Ascari KZ-1R cars in this year's GT3 Championship spent one day testing the cars at Snetterton Circuit before heading off the Silverstone.
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^ The FIA GT3 European Championship forms part of this weekends 'Supercar Showdown' at Silverstone.
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^ The adrenaline will be flowing on Saturday afternoon as drivers line up on the grid for the first of two one hour GT3 races .
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Racing

  • 1995 - Formula Vauxhall Jr: 3rd overall. 2 wins, 8 podiums. .Collins was nominated for the BRDC Autosport driver of the year award.
  • 1995 - Formula Opel Winter Series: placed 2nd overall driving for Sir Jackie Stewart who commented in Autosport Magazine, "When you see the likes of Ben Collins in Formula One, remember you saw them here first".
  • 1996 - 2000 Formula Three: 7 Wins, 2nd Marlboro Masters, 7th Macau Grand Prix.^ Formula One driver.
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    ^ Is Ben Collins racing driver racing in Nascars Sprint Race 2008 this year?
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    ^ Collins started his motorsport career in 1994, competing in Formula First and Formula Vauxhall Junior on his way to International Formula 3.
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    Indy Lights: 5 top Six finishes in Championship (2nd at Fontana by 0.001 sec). Formula Opel: 2nd opening round. Team mates included Takuma Sato, Scott Dixon, Brian Smith and Shingo Tachi. .Teams included Fortec Motorsport, Carlin and Intersport.
  • 2001 - FIA World Sportscar Championship with Ascari (LMP1): 3rd overall - 1 Win, 3 Podiums - Fastest driver at Le Mans 2001 for four hours in rain.^ He is a former Le Mans driver, and was revealed after ordering a limited edition print of himself from a gallery in Bristol.
    • Who is the Stig? Top gears stig revealed as Ben Collins | Zada News 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.zadanews.com [Source type: News]

    ^ He began his motor sport career in 1994 and has raced at Le Mans and in NASCAR, Formula Three and in GT. He has also worked as Daniel Craig's stunt driver in Quantum of Solace and he was in the army for four years.
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    ^ Top Gear test driver The Stig has been unmasked as professional stuntman and Le Mans racer Ben Collins.
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    Team mate was Werner Lupberger.
  • 2002 – ALMS LMP1 (Ascari), Daytona 24 Hrs, 6th Sebring 12 Hrs. Ascar race: 3rd.
  • 2003 - ASCAR European Oval Champion with Ray Mallock Racing - Led every race to the pit-stop, 6 Wins, 3 Podiums, 6 Poles, 2 Laps Records at Rockingham and Lausitz Speedways (still standing), Nine Fastest Laps. Collins' points tally was a series record.
  • 2004 - Ascar Series with Team Turn Four: placed 4th overall (Missed 2 Rounds). 1 Win, 2 Pole Positions, 2 Fastest Laps. ASA Series round at Charlotte. .British GT Round: 2nd (Corvette GT2)
  • 2005 - FIA/British GT Series with Embassy Racing: 3rd overall in Porsche RSR GT2 with 2 Wins, 4 Podiums.^ Collins was reported as setting the pace for the Le Mans series in 2001, and competed in the 2005 British GT Championship in a Porsche 911 GT3…a car which Top Gear fanatic and Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay (see below) is particularly keen on.
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    ^ Ben Collins then moved up to the FIA GT series, and was a test driver for carmaker Ascari, during development of its hardcore A10 supercar.
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    ^ In addition to his 22 wins in Nextel Cup, Labonte has won 11 races in the Busch series, and 1 in the Craftsman Truck Series.
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    FIA GT 24-Hours of Spa: 5th overall. FIA GT Zuhai: Nissan GT2 (mechanicalDNF). .Team mate was Neil Cunningham.
  • 2006 - FIA GT3 (Ascari): Led every race until driver change, Pole Position Mugello (by over 1 second).^ Ben Collins then moved up to the FIA GT series, and was a test driver for carmaker Ascari, during development of its hardcore A10 supercar.
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    ^ June 22nd, 2006, 08:53 PM hmmm...i will just install the older drivers...do i have to change my BIOS to Sideport+UMA with the old drivers or can i just use Sideport?
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    ^ The adrenaline will be flowing on Saturday afternoon as drivers line up on the grid for the first of two one hour GT3 races .
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    .3rd in FIA GT round at Silverstone.^ The main race of the 'Silverstone Supercar Showdown' is the RAC Tourist Trophy, which forms part of the FIA GT Championship.
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    .Competed in Le Mans Endurance Series in LMP1 category with Reynard (Nurburg) and carried out LMP1 testing duties for Zytek motorsport.
  • 2007 – FIA GT3 (Ascari): Pole Position at Romania where Collins was injured during an accident in Qualifying caused by a spinning car.^ Collins is a former racer who has competed in Formula Three, Le Mans, GT and NASCAR along with performing duties as a stunt driver in films such as the recent James Bond flick Quantum of Solace .
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    ^ Collins was reported as setting the pace for the Le Mans series in 2001, and competed in the 2005 British GT Championship in a Porsche 911 GT3…a car which Top Gear fanatic and Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay (see below) is particularly keen on.
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    ^ Ben Collins then moved up to the FIA GT series, and was a test driver for carmaker Ascari, during development of its hardcore A10 supercar.
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    .Collins tested a Nascar Nextel Cup car at Lakeland Speedway with Red Bull Racing.^ Should Rusty Wallace come back to NASCAR? yes rusty wallace should come back to racing many people miss rusty in his #2 ford car.
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    ^ Is Ben Collins racing driver racing in Nascars Sprint Race 2008 this year?
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    ^ Has Dale Earnhardt Jr won a Championship in NASCAR? Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR Busch Series Championships, in 1998 and 1999, but has never won a Nextel Cup championship.
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    .Placed 1st & 3rd at Silverstone and conducted Testing in an LMP2 Radical
  • 2008 - American Le Mans Series with Eco Racing in an LMP1 Radical with a diesel engine.^ After beginning his career in motor racing in 1994, he has raced at Le Mans, in Formula Three and GT and now charges upwards of £1,000 for giving motivational speeches.
    • Bristol man and former NASCAR driver revealed as The Stig | The Australian 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.theaustralian.news.com.au [Source type: News]

    ^ Top Gear test driver The Stig has been unmasked as professional stuntman and Le Mans racer Ben Collins.
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    ^ Iain & Gail Shankland were capturing all the American Le Mans Series action at Mosport over the weekend!
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    .The car failed to start at Sebring and was only seen again in racing form towards the latter part of the season.
  • 2009 - Named as an endurance driver for Australian V8 Supercars team, Kelly Racing/Jack Daniel's Racing, partnering with Nathan Pretty.^ The system that requires the binary driver is the *only* one available in the specified form factor with the specified cpu architecture.
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    ^ The FIA GT3 European Championship forms part of this weekends 'Supercar Showdown' at Silverstone.
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    ^ Of the guys fighting for leftovers, the only driver to win more than once in the past three-and-a-half seasons is Will Davison, who won a couple of races for Dick Johnson Racing last season.
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    [2]

Work

.Collins has been a test driver for racing manufacturer Ascari during Ascari A10 development.^ Ben Collins then moved up to the FIA GT series, and was a test driver for carmaker Ascari, during development of its hardcore A10 supercar.
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^ As a national newspaper unveils Top Gear’s tame racing driver as Ben Collins, Vijay Pattni finds out about the man behind the helmet… .
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^ Yes, everybody’s favourite ‘tame racing driver’ has been ‘revealed’ as former Formula 3 and FIA GT racer Ben Collins, by a host of national newspapers.
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[3] Previously he worked for Hornby as brand manager of the Scalextric model slot car division.[4]
.He has worked as precision-driver in the film National Treasure: Book of Secrets where he doubled for the actor and drove in some of the high-speed sequences in London.^ Yes, Ben Collins was a stunt driver in 2008’s James Bond film Quantum of Solace, and drove the super-sexy Aston Martin DBS. .
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^ He was the double for Daniel Craig and drove the Aston Martin DBS in some of the most challenging driving sequences.
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^ And speaking of Hammond injuring himself, a report into his 2006 high-speed accident revealed Collins had apparently “worked closely with Top Gear as a high performance driver and consultant”.
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[5][6] .As a precision-driver in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace, Collins drove James Bond's Aston Martin DBS as a stunt double for Daniel Craig in the title role.^ Yes, Ben Collins was a stunt driver in 2008’s James Bond film Quantum of Solace, and drove the super-sexy Aston Martin DBS. .
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^ He was the double for Daniel Craig and drove the Aston Martin DBS in some of the most challenging driving sequences.
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^ Collins also recently spent three months working as a precision driver on the latest James Bond movie The Quantum of Solace.
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[4][7] .He also holds a World Record for the maximum distance of driving a car on two wheels (a maneuver called "skiing").^ Mr Swift also holds 3 Guinness world records:- Parallel parking in the tightest space, J Turn in the tightest space and the fastest 'do-nuts' where a car continuously wheel-spins around in a circle.
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[4]
.He is a regular writer for Autosport Magazine testing the latest Racing Cars, has written for The Sunday Times, fronted Sky Sports' televised NASCAR coverage, along with appearances on the British car-focused television programmes Top Gear (BBC Two), Pulling Power (ITV1) and driven (Channel 4).^ The Stig is the unidentified test driver of vehicles on the favourite BBC Sunday night programme, Top Gear.

^ Wikipedia notes: In 2004, Ben Collins made an appearance during the fourth season of BBC Top Gear, alongside skydiving parachutist Tim Carter.
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^ That being said, the secret racing driver from Top Gear that helped Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May test new cars is no one else than the professional stuntman and Le Mans racer Ben Collins.
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[4]
.Collins presented television programme Xtreme Teen Drivers,[4] shown on BBC Three on 15 December 2007; as an advanced driving instructor within the programme, he was trying to teach a young boy racer to drive more safely.^ Collins is a former racer who has competed in Formula Three, Le Mans, GT and NASCAR along with performing duties as a stunt driver in films such as the recent James Bond flick Quantum of Solace .
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^ Collins also recently spent three months working as a precision driver on the latest James Bond movie The Quantum of Solace.
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^ Over the last nine runnings, two drivers have won more than once: Carl Edwards has won three times (twice in '2005, and fall, 2008), and Jimmie Johnson has won twice (both 2007 races).
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Top Gear appearances

.Collins has appeared on the popular BBC television programme Top Gear.^ He’s also appeared on Top Gear – fuelling speculation from an early stage of his helmeted-alter ego – when a skydiving parachutist jumped from an aeroplane into the backseat of a convertible Mercedes-Benz driven at high speed by Collins.
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^ Collins had initially portrayed himself as a BBC marketing executive[10] and only confirmed a more detailed connection to the Top Gear character after the signing of confidentiality agreements by the business owners.

^ Other fans of Top Gear, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, have been closing in on Collins in recent months.
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.In 2004, Ben Collins made an appearance during the fourth season of Top Gear, alongside parachutist Tim Carter.^ Ben Collins is a little known racer who has appeared on Top Gear as part of a parachuting stunt and this led to speculation over whether or not he was the secret Stig.

^ Other fans of Top Gear, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, have been closing in on Collins in recent months.
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^ Top Gear appearances suggest the Stig is male and of average build, with eclectic musical tastes.
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[8] .The stunt involved Carter and an aerial cameraman jumping out of a Cessna light aircraft then landing in the open-topped Mercedes car being driven at a speed by Collins.^ The stunt involved Carter and an aerial cameraman jumping out of a Cessna light aircraft then landing in the open-topped Mercedes car being driven at speed by Collins.
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^ He’s also appeared on Top Gear – fuelling speculation from an early stage of his helmeted-alter ego – when a skydiving parachutist jumped from an aeroplane into the backseat of a convertible Mercedes-Benz driven at high speed by Collins.
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^ Collins was named as Top Gears "high-speed driver" by the BBC in the investigation into Richard Hammonds crash Heikki Kovalainen was in the Stig suit for the lap in the Renault F1 car a few years back .
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.Also in 2004, Collins appears (a 2-second shot) as a member of Hammond's driving team in a 24-hour Citroen 2CV race (in which they finished 13th out of 14 cars).^ This is also his second victory and 11th top-10 finish in 2009 and his first victory and first top-10 finish in one races at Iowa Speedway.
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^ What race did Dale Earnhardt flip his car then climb back in and finish the race?
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^ However, we must not forget the long hours and late nights worked by both Team Ascari and Damax engineers, preparing the cars.
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.In 2005, the driver featured during series five, driving a Lancer Evo VII and then a Bowler Wildcat vehicle in a rally race against mountain boarding world champion Tom Kirkman.^ In 2005, the driver featured during series five, driving a Lancer Evo VII and then a Bowler Wildcat vehicle in a rally race against mountain boarding world champion Tom Kirkman.
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^ Did Dale Earnhardt ever drive a pink car with Superman on the hood during a race?
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^ As President of the British Racing Drivers Club, Hill is preoccupied with a struggle against F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone to keep the British Grand Prix on the F1 calendar.
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[9][10]
.At the start of series six, Collins appeared with other British Touring Car Championship racing and stunt drivers for a Five-a-side football game using a fleet of Toyota Aygo cars.^ Ben Collins is a little known racer who has appeared on Top Gear as part of a parachuting stunt and this led to speculation over whether or not he was the secret Stig.

^ The true identity of the character was revealed at the weekend after The Telegraph of London broke with convention and outed former racer and James Bond stunt driver Ben Collins.
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^ Last year we suggested six drivers who might the Stig: racing drivers Damon Hill and Ben Collins, presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Tiff Needell, stunt driver Russ Swift and round-the-world sailor Ellen MacArthur.
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.Collins played in a team captained by Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond.^ However, Top Gear presenter James May claimed that the Stig's identity has not been outed and there has been speculation that there may be more than one person to be the Stig.

^ An accident report into presenter Richard Hammond's crash in September 2006 recorded that Collins had "worked closely with Top Gear as a high performance driver and consultant".
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^ Wikipedia notes: In 2004, Ben Collins made an appearance during the fourth season of BBC Top Gear, alongside skydiving parachutist Tim Carter.
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.The other drivers were Paul Swift, Tim Harvey and Tom Chilton (blue); playing against James May, Russ Swift, Matt Neal, Dan Eaves and Rob Huff (red).^ Other fans of Top Gear, presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, have been closing in on Collins in recent months.
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^ However, it has not stopped people from trying to identify him and names such as Julian Bailey, Damon Hill, Tim Schrick, and Russ Swift have all been suggested.
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^ II Auto Talk: Stunt driver Russ Swift Richard Hammond's rides and hair .
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.On a separate occasion, following an accident involving Richard Hammond in September 2006, the Health & Safety Executive report into the event recorded that Collins had "worked closely with Top Gear as a high performance driver and consultant" and had prepared a briefing for Richard Hammond preceding the event.^ He was named in the accident report for Richard Hammond's crash as an "high performance driver and consultant".
  • Who is the stig ??? - RTG Sunderland Message Boards 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.readytogo.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ An accident report into presenter Richard Hammond's crash in September 2006 recorded that Collins had "worked closely with Top Gear as a high performance driver and consultant".
  • Former NASCAR driver revealed as Top Gear&squo;s The Stig | Herald Sun 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.news.com.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On a separate occasion, following an accident involving Richard Hammond in September 2006, the Health & Safety Executive report into the event recorded that Collins had "worked closely with Top Gear as a high performance driver and consultant" and had prepared a briefing for Richard Hammond preceding the event.
  • Newspaper 'reveals' Top Gear's Stig 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC autos.canada.com [Source type: News]

[11]
He can also be seen driving the Honda Civic Type-R against Jeremy Clarkson in Episode 6 of Season 10.

Allegations

On 19 January 2009, British newspaper The Daily Telegraph ran a story claiming that they had "outed" Collins as being one of the people behind the white-suited incarnation of the Stig, at the same time noting that "Collins, from Bristol, has always denied being the Stig".[7]
.The Times, in a follow-up article, stated that the "identity of the white-suited Stig ...^ The identity of White Stig has not been officially revealed and is regarded as a carefully guarded secret by the BBC. .
  • Who is the Stig? The answer - Telegraph 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]
  • Newspaper 'reveals' Top Gear's Stig 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC autos.canada.com [Source type: News]

^ Collins has since become The White Stig, and wears an all white helmet and suit.
  • Who is the Stig? The answer - Telegraph 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]
  • Newspaper 'reveals' Top Gear's Stig 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC autos.canada.com [Source type: News]

^ 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.
  • Who is the Stig? The answer - Telegraph 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]
  • Newspaper 'reveals' Top Gear's Stig 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC autos.canada.com [Source type: News]

has been an open secret within the motoring world for some years, with newspapers refraining from publishing his name, to uphold the spirit of the programme." which concluded that "a newspaper broke with the convention to out Mr Collins, 33, after following up a story in a Bristol newspaper".[12]
.Two Bristol-based local newspapers had published articles a week earlier, on the basis of information leaked from a local art-gallery.^ Two Bristol-based local newspapers had published articles a week earlier, on the basis of information leaked from a local art-gallery.

^ Earlier this week, a newspaper claimed to have identified Stig as former American speedway driver Ben Collins after he reportedly outed himself.
  • Television - News - The Stig 'portrayed by four drivers' - Digital Spy 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.digitalspy.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Collins had previously commissioned a Clifton-based father and son business in September 2008, to produce a limited-edition run of 450 poster prints to be sold on at a price of £318 each.^ Collins had previously commissioned a Clifton-based father and son business in September 2008, to produce a limited-edition run of 450 poster prints to be sold on at a price of £318 each.

^ 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.
  • Who is the Stig? The answer - Telegraph 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]
  • Newspaper 'reveals' Top Gear's Stig 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC autos.canada.com [Source type: News]

[13] .Collins had initially portrayed himself as a BBC marketing executive[13] and only confirmed a more detailed connection to the Top Gear character after the signing of confidentiality agreements by the business owners.^ Collins had initially portrayed himself as a BBC marketing executive[10] and only confirmed a more detailed connection to the Top Gear character after the signing of confidentiality agreements by the business owners.

^ The driver has also featured as himself in various episodes of the show and a report in 2006 into Hammond’s near-death crash detailed that Mr Collins had briefed the host and “worked closely with Top Gear as a high performance driver and consultant”.
  • Bristol man and former NASCAR driver revealed as The Stig | The Australian 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.theaustralian.news.com.au [Source type: News]

^ However, Top Gear presenter James May claimed that the Stig's identity has not been outed and there has been speculation that there may be more than one person to be the Stig.

[13][14] .The signed poster image showed a salt flat scene, with The Stig positioned standing on it.^ The signed poster image showed a salt flat scene, with The Stig positioned standing on it.

^ Originally the show was launched with Black Stig, but after Perry McCarthy revealed that he was the Stig in his book "Flat Out, Flat Broke" in 2002, he was killed off.
  • The Stig is Ben Collins!!... wait... who?! - GLCOTI.COM 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.glcoti.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14]
.However, Top Gear presenter James May claimed that the Stig's identity has not been outed and there has been speculation that there may be more than one person to be the Stig.^ However, Top Gear presenter James May claimed that the Stig's identity has not been outed and there has been speculation that there may be more than one person to be the Stig.

^ Top Gear's The Stig - unmasked at last?
  • Who is The Stig? Unmasked at last? - Auto Trader UK - Features - News and Reviews Hub 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www-source.autotrader.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ Pros: In the history of Top Gear there have been two Stigs.
  • Trackside: Who is the Stig? II - Auto Trader UK - Features - News and Reviews Hub 11 September 2009 8:29 UTC www.autotrader.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[15]

References

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  2. ^ "BEN COLLINS JOINS JACK DANIEL'S RACING FOR V8 ENDUROS". Kelly Racing. 2009-07-22. http://kellyracing.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=485:ben-collins-joins-jack-daniels-racing-for-v8-enduros&catid=31&Itemid=78. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  3. ^ Surface Transforms Plc, Case Study: Ascari A10, retrieved 2008-06-12.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ben Collins - Motivational Speaker". City Speakers International. http://www.cityspeakersinternational.co.uk/speakers/speaker_ben_collins.php. Retrieved 2009-01-19. "He will limber up for this year's racing season by doubling as James Bond..." 
  5. ^ "Blockbuster Movie Uses the CG-Lock" (PDF). CG-Lock. 2007-01-10. http://www.cg-lock.co.uk/downloads/pdf/as08-stunts.pdf. 
  6. ^ ""National Treasure 2" AKA "National Treasure: Book Of Secrets"". Wild about Movies. http://www.wildaboutmovies.com/movies/National-Treasure-2-Movie.php. Retrieved 2009-06-24. "a contraption actually mounted on the roof of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicle which allowed famed British driver Ben Collins the ability to do the actual driving, while Turteltaub and cinematographer John Schwartzman shot Nicolas Cage, Diane Kruger and Justin Bartha inside of the vehicle" 
  7. ^ a b "Who is the Stig? The answer". The Daily Telegraph. 2009-01-19. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/4286448/Who-is-the-Stig-The-answer.html. Retrieved 2009-01-19. "Top Gear test driver the Stig has been unmasked as professional stuntman and Le Mans racer Ben Collins." 
  8. ^ Crash.net, Reigning champion stars on BBC Top Gear, 2004-07-27.
  9. ^ "Calstock's own World champion". www.bbc.co.uk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cornwall/extremesports/stories/apr_2005/tom_kirkham_mountainboarding.shtml. Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  10. ^ "Top Gear: Skater". www.youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9AKp35gDco. Retrieved 2008-05-07. 
  11. ^ Investigation into the accident of Richard Hammond on 20 September 2006 at Elvington airfield, nr. York, Information released: 22 June 2007, Health & Safety Executive
  12. ^ Foster, Patrick (2009-01-19). "Identity of Top Gear's The Stig revealed as Ben Collins". London: The Times. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/article5548705.ece. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  13. ^ a b c "Top Gear's The Stig reveals identity to Bristol gallery owners". Western Daily Press. 2009-01-06. http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Gear-s-Stig-reveals-identity-Bristol-gallery-owners/article-589665-detail/article.html. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  14. ^ a b "Top Gear's The Stig revealed to Bristol firm". Bristol News. 2009-01-06. http://www.thisisbristol.co.uk/news/Gear-s-Stig-revealed-Bristol-firm/article-589703-detail/article.html. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  15. ^ "The Stig's true identity is still a mystery, claims Top Gear's James May". Daily Telegraph. 2009-01-23. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/4321313/The-Stigs-true-identity-is-still-a-mystery-claims-Top-Gears-James-May.html. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 

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