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Old    "G" (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       01-28-2010, 7:41 PM Reply   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifrtlC4NTys

What do you think??
Old     (fogey)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-28-2010, 8:18 PM Reply   
The Stig is GREAT and one of the best parts of the show. I saw that episode and laughed with Michael took the helmet off. Pretty funny.

But he's not really "the Stig." The guy's identity got out after the last season, and it was in the (British) papers. His name is Ben Collins, and here's an article about him getting "outed" - http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/driving/article5548705.ece

(Message edited by fogey on January 28, 2010)
Old    Wes (pesos)      Join Date: Oct 2001       01-28-2010, 8:36 PM Reply   
Great show =) Kind of sad the mystery is gone
Old    Barry Waste (barry)      Join Date: Apr 2002       01-28-2010, 8:59 PM Reply   
I like the show, but I can't stand the thinly veiled pompous remarks about America..
Old    Wes (pesos)      Join Date: Oct 2001       01-28-2010, 9:01 PM Reply   
Hey, let the Brits have their fun. That's all they've got left!
Old    Tim C (lifetimewarranty)      Join Date: Oct 2008       01-28-2010, 10:18 PM Reply   
I believe that there have been at least eight other "stigs". I think it was sorta funny (skit), but would have rather them not reveal him, since he isn't the last one, or even the only one perhaps.

I think it ruins the stupid (as in funny) remarks they make about him before he drives.

Now it's just like mean.



Now - time for some Stig-isms


• Some say he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves...

• Some say he’s wanted by the CIA, and that he sleeps upside down like a bat...

• Some say he appears on high value stamps in Sweden, and that he can catch fish with his tongue...

• Some say he is illegal in 17 US states, and he blinks horizontally...

• Some say that his breath smells of magnesium, and that he’s scared of bells...

• Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and that all his legs are hydraulic...

• Some say that he lives in a tree, and that his sweat can be used to clean precious metals...

• Some say that his heart ticks like a watch, and that he’s confused by stairs...

• Some say that his voice can only be heard by cats, and that he has two sets of knees...

• Some say that he’s terrified of ducks, and that there’s an airport in Russia named after him...

• Some say his skin has the texture of a dolphin’s, and that wherever you are in the world if you tune your radio to 88.4 you can actually hear his thoughts...

• Some say that he has no understanding of clouds, and that his earwax tastes like Turkish Delight...

• Some say that his politics are terrifying, and that he once punched a horse to the ground...

• Some say that his tears are adhesive, and that if he caught fire he’d burn for a thousand days...

• Some say he can swim seven lengths underwater, and he has webbed buttocks...

• Some say that his heart is in upside down, and that his teeth glow in the dark...

• Some say that his ears aren’t exactly where you’d expect them to be, and that once, preposterously, he had an affair with John Prescott...

• Some say he has a digital face, and that if he felt like it, he could fire Alan Sugar...

• Some say that his genitals are on upside down, and that if he could be bothered he could crack the Da Vinci code in 43 seconds...

• Some say his ears have a paisley lining, and he’s been banned from the Chelsea Flower Show...

• Some say that the outline of his left nipple is exactly the same shape as the Nurburg ring, and that if you give him a really important job to do, he’ll skive off and play croquet...

• Some say he invented Branston Pickle, and that if you insult his mother he will headbutt you in the chest...

• Some say that on really warm days he sheds his skin like a snake, and that for some reason he’s allergic to the Dutch...

• Some say that his first name really is The, and that if he went on Celebrity Love Island they’d all be pregnant including the cameramen...

• Some say that he once threw a microwave oven at a tramp, and that long before anyone else he realised that Jade Goody was a racist pig-faced waste of blood and organs...

• Some say that he once had a vicious knife-fight with Anthea Turner, and that he is in no way implicated in the Cash-for-Honours scandal. All we know is that he's called Lord Stig

• Some say that he is a CIA experiment that went wrong, and that he only eats cheese. All new know is that he's not The Stig - he's The Stig's fat American cousin

• Some say that if you lick his chest it tastes exactly the same as Piccalilli, and that at this week’s Brit awards he was arrested for goosing Russell Brand...

• Some say that he sucks the moisture from ducks, and that his crash helmet is modelled on Britney Spears’ head...

• Some say he isn’t machine washable, and all his potted plants are called Steve...

• Some say his scrotum has its own small gravity field...

• Some say because our producer rigged a phone vote, he now has a new name...all we know is, he's called Cuddles...

• Some say he's banned from the town of Chichester...

• Some say in a recent late night deal he bought a slightly dented white Fiat Uno from the Duke of Edinburgh...

• Some say he gets terrible ezcema on his helmet...

• Some say if he'd been the video ref in the World Cup Rugby Final he would've seen that it was of course a try you blind Australian half-wit...

• Some say to unlock him you have to run your finger down his face...

• Some say if he were getting divorced from Paul McCartney he'd keep his stupid whining mouth shut...

• Some say he thought Star Wars was a documentry...

• Some say he recently pulled out of I'm a Celebrity because he's frightened of trees....and Australia...Koo Stark...and Ant...and Dec...

• Some say he knows two facts about ducks, and both of them are wrong...

• Some say 61 years ago he accidently introduced Her Majesty, the Queen, to a Greek racialist...

• Some say when he slows down, brake lights come on in his buttocks...

• Some say if he'd been the manager of the England football squad last week he wouldn't have been a feckless-ginger-gum-chewing buffoon who ruined it for all of us...

• Some say he once lost a canoe on a beach in the northeast...

• Some say he once did some time in a prison in Canterbury because his teddy is called "The Baby Jesus"...

• Some say that after making love, he bites the head of his partner, and that he's had to give up binge-drinking now that it 's got to £1.18 a litre. All we know is he's called the Stig.

• Some say that each of his toenails are exactly the same as a woman's nipples. And that he thinks the credit crunch is some kind of breakfast cereal. All we know is he's called the Stig.

• Some say his droppings have been found as far north as York. And that he has a full-size tattoo of his face - on his face. All we know is he's called the Stig.

• Some say that he is not allowed by law, within a hundred yards of Lorraine Kelly. And that he's never seen an episode of Top Gear because he's a huge fan of Midsomer Murders. All we know is he's called Bergerac.

• Some say it's impossible for him to wear socks. And he can open a beer bottle with his testes. All we know is he's called the Stig.

• Some say his droppings have been found as far north as York. And that he has a full size tattoo of his face, on his face.

• Some say that he is not allowed, by law, within 100 yards of Lorraine Kelly, and that he's never seen an episode of Top Gear, because he's a huge fan of Midsomer Murders!

• Some say it's impossible for him to wear socks, and he can open a beer bottle with his testes!

• Some say that he sleeps inside out, and that he once had full sex with Russell Brand's answering machine.

• Some say his favourite ever song is Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward, and that he has the world's largest collection of pornographical material.

• Some say that he invented November. And that if he had won the World Championship in Brazil last weekend, there might have been one photograph of him without his father, gurning in the back of shot.

• Some say one of his legs get longer when he sees a pretty lady. And that I haven't done one of these for some time and I've forgotten to make up a second thing.

• Some say that he doesn't like to get his helmet wet. A point that was proved last week when he was caught in the back of shot by an eagle-eyed viewer.

...All we know is, he's called The Stig!
Old    murrayair            01-28-2010, 11:20 PM Reply   
The Stig has been several different F1 and Le Mans racers throughout the course of the series. Who it is depends on race schedules and general availability of the driver, according to an interview I read with a show producer. It does make sense though that the person they chose to "officially" be the Stig is Schumacher, the greatest driver of this generation and perhaps of all time.
Old    "G" (grant_west)      Join Date: Jun 2005       01-29-2010, 7:37 AM Reply   
Hey, let the Brits have their fun. That's all they've got left! Amen. Them and the Aussie's God love them.
Old    Darren Lamont (dlamont)      Join Date: Apr 2003       01-29-2010, 8:21 AM Reply   
I'm pretty sure that the guys at Top Gear have the best jobs in the world.
Old    NAW (ripr)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-29-2010, 4:18 PM Reply   
Best show on t.v. IMO...I even catch my wife watching it and she hates car shows!
Old    Tim C (lifetimewarranty)      Join Date: Oct 2008       01-29-2010, 7:48 PM Reply   
It is a great show - and I love watching, but they are complete morons when it comes to hating on Porsche (at least Jeremy is), and anything American.

They kept saying how much faster than the 911 the Nissan gtr was at Nurburgring for 2 entire shows, meanwhile, we all heard how Nissan had changed the suspension, used racing only tires, and did a flying start to achieve their time. Then they didn't even come back to say that they had reported false information.

Porsche, meanwhile, had reported the time for the exact car they sell, and did a standing start, which is what every other manufacturer does for the test.

I nearly stopped watching after that. Now I don't believe a damn thing they say, but it is entertaining. Like the simpsons. (actually I think Homer is smarter than the 3 of them combined)
Old     (fogey)      Join Date: Mar 2002       01-30-2010, 9:06 AM Reply   
It is entertaining, but they have a credibility problem for me, as well. For example, the story on the Tesla roadster left the clear impression that it suddenly ran out of juice after a modest amount of testing. It created an opportunity for humor, but it was entirely misleading on a critical point for all electrics. The batteries did not discharge, the car was still fully operable, and they knew it.

They'll purposely slander anything (and every American car, and America for that matter) to get a laugh from their fellow Brits, whose domestic auto industry has sold off its crown jewels - Rolls, Bentley, Jaguar, Lotus, Land Rover, and the list goes on....
Old    Fb (fbroen)      Join Date: Apr 2002       02-01-2010, 7:24 AM Reply   
There are moments when even "Porsche-has-the-laziest-design-team" Jeremy Clarkson will give them a thumbs up. Not sure you can give a much more positive review than he did in this clip about the 997 Turbo. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AO7XvOt9suM&NR=1

Personally, I find the America jokes hilarious -- who better to laugh at than oneself?

And there are times when they don't bag on american cars. For one, Clarkson owns (or at least owned) a GT-40 and Hammond has a Mustang. The salt flats episode ends with quite the endorsement for the Corvette ZR1, Challenger SRT8, Cadillac CTS-V.

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