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.

Link: Amazon

TG M600, LFA, & Fiat in the Cold

Noble is a maker of race bred machines, only to make one very scary 600+ bhp M600. This machine is so mechanically brutal it has no GPS, no Air Conditioning, No ABS, basically nothing that requires a computer to think. You have your gearbox, your engine, and tires to the ground. Even Jeremy Clarkson was genuinely petrified from this machine, and he should be there is no room for mistakes with this machine around the track for 200’000 British Pounds you can get a lot of amazing super cars, but none of them can beat them on the road.

This is the first video Adverstisment of the Lexus LFA, there is so much pride for this machine. Toyota really built this machine out of pride, only 500 will be made and at a loss. I am envious of those who will buy this machine, it will be priced at 180’000 KWD in Kuwait with a waiting list already at 10. It isn’t the most powerful machine available but one of the most technologically advanced machines on the face of the planet.

I am a fan of the Fiat 500 but these women must have froven their butts off in the cold.

Jeremy Clarkson’s Books

Anyone who enjoys driving knows Top Gear and the antics of the three, out of them Jeremy Clarkson has written a lot of books trying to battle the lack of common sense of the world or people’s habit of driving. He is probably one of the funniest TV presenters on air and his books are pretty funny as well. I have read a few of his books but I stopped buying them after a while because I couldn’t get some of the jokes or examples that he uses for his humor, some of then are really local and go over my head. I do enjoy his banter on TV but after several tries with his books they just seem as funny because not everyone understands the references.

Jay Leno on Top Gear

Who would have ever thought that the biggest US car enthusiast would ever be on the best car show in the world. Having Jeremy Clarkson and Jay Leno sitting opposite each other is the best of American and British Satire. He is even funny when they were talking to each other, usually its Clarkson cracking the jokes but Leno can handle his own and he is a pretty damn good driver too. He is even cracking jokes when he is driving that crappy car with a roll cage, I honestly don’t think I can beat Jay Leno’s time even though I’m pretty confident of my driving skills.

Car Football – Volkswagen Fox vs. Toyota Aygo

This is nothing short of genius, there is a reason why the Top Gear guys are hilarious, they come up with these genious ideas of taking small cars and putting them into teams to see who is the winner of car football. This is basically a big version of bumper cars with real cars, this is more fun the demolishin derby because you are trying to get a ball in the goal and most of the drivers are either race drivers or stunt drivers. And some of these stunt drivers pull some amazing moves to get the ball back or out of the way, some of these cars get really banged up and its hilarious.

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.

Ken Block vs. Ricky Carmichael

Ken Block is forever famous for his rally driving skills and those insane videos, but Ricky Carmichael isn’t as famous to the general public but he is one hell of a dirt biker probably one of the best period. This video is probably one of the most intense I have seen from Kenny Block, less stunts and more insane driving and it gets a lot better towards the middle. Top Gear did a great job of putting this video together, these guys seriously know how to get our bloods pumping.

Bugatti Veyron vs. Mclaren F1

Now this is an interesting line up, I remember seeing the Mclaren F1 when I was kid in London in the early 90s in a small dealership with just that one big room for the desk and the car. It was the first Supercar I have ever seen and I have a huge amount of respect for it, and it requires a drivers skill to operate it. I respect it so much more then the Bugatti Veyron, its so pure. I find it interesting that they decide to use Abu Dhabi for the supercar shoot out, I’m not sure what they are doing to accommodate Top Gear but they have done it right.

Link: Autoblog

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.