The Man in the White Suit: Ben Collins

The Stig, Le Mans, the Fast Lane and Me.

The Stig gets his kit off and reveals how he came to be Top Gear’s iconic racing driver and so much more – including what it’s like to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, train for the Army and face the terror of Jeremy Clarkson’s underwear! When the Black Stig disappeared off the end of an aircraft carrier in 2003, we were introduced to The White Stig. Faster. Stranger. Harder to keep clean. And ever since, millions have wondered — who is The Man in the White Suit? They’re about to find out. Ben Collins caught the car the bug young, kicking his dad’s boss in the balls for not giving him a company Jag. This was the attitude that eventually led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson’s underwear, James May’s PhD thesis and Richard Hammond’s hairspray. Because he is The Stig. Now he tells all about life inside the iconic white helmet. What it’s like to guide a blind ex-RAF officer around the Top Gear track; pit a drug dealer’s Mitsubishi Evo against a Trojan tank; set a Vauxhall Monara against Chloe the dancing Ninja; and race double-decker Routemasters against bendy buses. Not to mention all the inside stuff on how the show’s amazing driving sequences are made. He also reveals how he got to be there — setting a Dunsfold lap time faster than Michael Schumacher’s. Breaking records with the best of the best at Daytona and Le Mans. It’s an awesome story, told by an amazing man.

When I first heard that Ben Collins was the Stig I wasn’t sure what to think, and there was so much drama from so many people that he outed himself, and anger from people he worked with, I thought it would be an interesting book to read since BBC tried so hard to block the book but they failed. This book is defenitly for petrol heads and fans of Top Gear, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book but I started enjoying it more and more as the story picked up. For once you get inside the head of The Stig and know what he is thinking about when he is driving balls out and out of his mind with celebrities right next to him in the most ridiculous of cars. Its fun to see and understand the workings of Top Gear from inside point of view, and you also get an understanding of a racer’s mindset. Half of the book is about Ben Collins development as racer and the other half as The Stig and what he had to do to keep The Stig hidden and sharp. If you can relate to this book then you will really enjoy it.

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What I’m Reading

I have had a lot of books pile up over the last year, I keep buying more books then I read and some of them are pretty damn good. I wish I read faster or more, I always feel satisfied whenever I’m done with a book and these days I have some very good books such as the one below. Ben Collins is The Stig from Top Gear and you a get a glimpse into his life and how he became a racer then The Stig, you even get some insight into what The Stig was thinking when doing these crazy stunts which is pretty cool when you remember the episodes that go with it, if you are fan then you have to pick up this book. Shit My Dad Says is purely hilarious, seriously, this guy’s sarcasm is over the top and upfront, you will love it. Simon Pegg is a comic genius and you will love his a book which you gets you laughing form the start. Going to give a full write up once I’m done with these books.

  • The Man In The White Suit – Ben Collins
  • Shit My Dad Says – Justin Halpern
  • Nerd Do Well: A Small Boy’s Journey to Becoming a Big Kid – Simon Pegg

The Delivery

Whenever I get a package its like a surprise, I have an idea whats in the box but not always sure. Especially lately since I preorder a few items and this time around I have gotten some fun items. I have at last found the Transformers All Spark Cube, full metal engraving of the one from the movie, from the first transformers movie, it will prominently be sitting on my desk. The other two are books I have been looking forward to, one is the book from Simon Peg, pretty much anything from Simon Peg is worth watching or reading, he is a comic genius and I love all his movies so I have been waiting for this book. Then there is The Stig, or Ben Collins as we have come to find out, after all this time at last we know who the Stig is. There has been controversy surround this book because BBC didn’t want it released, and I don’t think he is The Stig anymore but it is still worth reading what a man who has been driving the most insane machines in the world at insane speeds and how it feels.

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Jaguar XFR vs BMW M5

Top Gear does it again, they take a new car and thrash it around their track. I would really like to try my luck on that track, at least the straight away. I have been hearing about this car for sometime now but I didn’t realize how powerful the XFR is with 503 bhp, and now they are comparing it to the BMW M5. I honestly think that the M5 can never be compared to any Jaguar even if it has figures to match. But it does seem like a powerful car but the looks does not convey its power, its cheaper, but I don’t think a Jaguar can ever really compare to German engineering.

The Stig Revealed!

It has at last come out, the identity of The Stig is Michael Schumacher, I don’t think that he was The Stig for so long but it does explain the damn good track times he gets. This could be like their previous stunt, but I will stick to the notion that The Stig has always been Schumacher but how luckier could Top Gear be to have such a driver as their track driver.