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Great Clarkson Quotes 7 Years, 5 Months ago  
A friend sent me this. Got to love Clarkson!

48 Top Clarkson Quotes:

1. [On the Enzo Ferrari] “I rang up Jay Kay, who’s got one, and said: “Can we borrow yours?” and he said, “Yeah, if I can borrow your daughter, because it amounts to the same thing.”

2. [On the Mercedes CLS55 AMG] “It sounds like Barry White eating wasps.”

3. “That [Pagani] Zonda, really! It’s like a lion in orange dungarees. Kind of fierce, but ridiculous all at the same time.”

4. “Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... that’s what gets you.”

5. [On the Porsche Cayman S] “There are many things I’d rather be doing than driving it, including waiting for Bernard Manning to come off stage in a sweaty nightclub, and then licking his back clean.”

6. “Owning a TVR in the past was like owning a bear. I mean it was great, until it pulled your head off, which it would.”

7. [On the Alfa Romeo Brera] “Think of it as Angelina Jolie. You’ve heard she’s mad and eats nothing but wallpaper paste. But you would, wouldn’t you?”

8. [On paddle shift automatic gearboxes] “The thing is, it’s a gearbox, okay? It has one job to do! One job! Pull the lever… ‘Am I a pencil? Am I a cauliflower? Am I a nuclear power station – I’m a gearbox! Oh, heavens, I’m gonna swap some cogs around!’”

9. “The Ferrari 355 is like a quail’s egg dipped in celery salt and served in Julia Roberts’ belly button.”

10. [On the Porsche Boxster] “It couldn't pull a greased stick out of a pig’s bottom.”

11. [On the Enzo Ferrari] “Ferrari is so pleased with it they’ve named it after the founder of the company. They call it the Enzo. That’d be the same as Lotus calling their next car... ‘The Colin.’”

12. [On the Ford GT40] “Was this the greatest hypercar of them all? Well, that’s a question I’ve never really been able to answer, because the GT40 is 40 inches tall... and I'm not.”

13. [On the TVR Tuscan 2] “It’s supposed to be easier to live with, and easier to drive... so has it worked? Ohh... Oh, my God. No... no... no, no, no. No. No. No, it hasn’t.”

14. [On the TVR Tuscan 2] “You see, my wife loves this car. She loves the noise and the vibrations and the sense of danger and the way that when you over-rev it, the whole dash lights up like a baboon’s backside. Richard Hammond on the other hand, he pretty much hates it. He says it’s too difficult and too complicated and that all the stitching in here looks like the kind of stitching you find when someone’s tried to mend their own shoes.”

15. [On the Lotus Exige] “To get an idea of just how spartan this thing is, you just have to look through the rear window. Back there you’ve got chicken wire, bacofoil and tupperware. It’s kind of like peering into one of your grannies’ old kitchen cabinets.”

16. “Racing cars which have been converted for road use never really work. It’s like making a hardcore adult film, and then editing it so that it can be shown in British hotels. You’d just end up with a sort of half hour close up of some bloke’s sweaty face.”

17. “The highlight of my childhood – it’s the Ladybird Book of Motorcars from 1963, and as you would imagine it’s full of rubbish really. Just endless boring grey shapes, until you get to page 40, where you find the Maserati 3500 GT. Now this for me, when I was little, was kind of like Jordan and Cameron Diaz. In a bath together. With a Lightning jet fighter. And lots of jelly.”

18. [Announcing the Top Gear Awards in December 2005] “Now the best gas guzzler of the year. And the nominations are: the Range Rover Sport which achieved eight miles to the gallon; the Bugatti Veyron which achieved four miles to the gallon; and Hemel Hempstead. That actually used up 60 million gallons of fuel and didn’t move an inch.

19. [When driving the Mercedes SLR McLaren through a tunnel] “When they debate as to what the sound of the SLR engine was akin to, the British engineers from McLaren said it sounded like a Spitfire. But the German engineers from Mercedes said ‘Nein! Nein! Sounds like a Messerschmitt!’ They were both wrong. It sounds like the God of Thunder, gargling with nails.”

20. [On the Corvette Z06] “As something to live with every day, I’d rather have bird flu.”

21. [While playing the video game Gran Turismo] “Aston Martin DB9 – that’s not a racecar, that’s pornography.”

22. “If you were to buy a [BMW] 6-series, I recommend you select reverse when leaving friends’ houses so they don’t see its backside.”

23. “There are signs directing you away from Birmingham but nothing enticing you in.”

24. [On Detroit] “God may have created the world in six days, but while he was resting on the seventh, Beelzebub popped up and did this place.”

25. [On the Porsche Cayenne] “I’ve seen gangrenous wounds better looking than this!”

26. “A turbo: exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster.”

27. “In the olden days I always got the impression that TVR built a car, put it on sale, and then found out how it handled – usually when one of their customers wrote to the factory complaining about how dead he was.”

28. “I’d like to consider Ferrari as a scaled down version of God.”

29. “The Caterham may only have 250bhp, but you have to remember that it weighs about the same... as a J-cloth.”

30. “Telling people at a dinner party you drive a Nissan Almera is like telling them you’ve got the ebola virus and you’re about to sneeze.”

31. “The old Aston Martin DB7 was just a Jag in drag. It was an XJ-S in a party frock. This (the Aston-Martin DB-9) is completely different.”

32. “I’d rather go to work on my hands and knees than drive there in a Ford Galaxy. Whoever designed the Ford Galaxy upholstery had a cauliflower fixation. I would rather have a vasectomy than buy a Ford Galaxy.”

33. [On cars at a Max Power show) “Most of these cars will do 0-60 once....and then they’ll blow up.”

34. “What did the Morris Marina compete against? Walking? The bus?

35. “Whenever I’m suffering from insomnia, I just look at a picture of a Toyota Camry and I’m straight off.”

36. “Usually, a Range Rover would be beaten away from the lights by a diesel powered wheelbarrow.”

37. [On the Renault Clio V6] “I think the problem is that it’s French. It’s a surrendermonkey.”

38. “It costs Volkswagen £200 pounds to buy a set of four fuel injectors for the Golf diesel. Kia could probably make a couple of cars for that.”

39. [On Segways] “They’re made in America, of course, so fat Yanks can go to the fridge without expending any energy.”

40. [On a Chevrolet Corvette] “The Americans lecture the world on democracy and then won’t let me turn the traction control off!”

41. [On the Koenigsegg CCX] “I think Koenigsegg is Swedish for: Oh no, my head has just exploded!”

42. “If you have any thoughts or opinions on what you’ve seen in the last ten weeks, do please keep them to yourselves.”

43. “Biathletes need to eat 6,000 calories a day: six thousand! That’s the equivalent of two pounds of butter, 70 slices of bread, 112 eggs, 86 tabs of yogurts, 28 potatoes, 117 biscuits and 21 Twix bars. On that basis, I could be an Olympic biathlete!”

44. “This is a Renault Espace, probably the best of the people carriers. Not that that’s much to shout about. That’s like saying ‘Oh good, I’ve got syphilis, the best of the sexually transmitted diseases!’”

45. “Koenigsegg are saying that the CCX is more comfortable. More comfortable than what... being stabbed?”

46. “I’m sorry, but having an Aston Martin DB9 on the drive and not driving it is a bit like having Keira Knightley in your bed and sleeping on the couch. If you’ve got even half a scrotum it’s not going to happen.”

47. “The air conditioning in Lamborghinis used to be an asthmatic sitting in the dashboard blowing at you through a straw.”

48. “I don’t understand bus lanes. Why do poor people have to get to places quicker than I do?”

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i love those ones, someone should amake a list of all the quotes about The Stig
Some Say....
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Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and that all of his legs are hydraulic... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

some say he likes bum off jeremy clarkeson and he has no penis... all we know is, he's called the Stig

Some say that his politics are terrifying, and that he once punched a horse to the ground... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say he watched the lord of the rings sixty twelve times and he was pissed off at gandalf for stealing his idea for a halloween costume. all we know he's called the stig.

Some say he's wanted by the CIA, and that he sleeps upside down like a bat... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say he's the main cause of global warming and his stomach is reverse engineered to make the I-Phone. all we know is he's called the stig.

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... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say if you see into his eyes you turn to stone and he had a playboy magazine in his hands when he was born. all we know he's called the stig

Some say his ears have a paisley lining, and he's been banned from the Chelsea Flower Show... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that some cannot say because the Stig can make some not say what they want to say and all i want to say is i don't know what the hell i'm trying to say.

Some say he never blinks, and that he roams around the woods at night foraging for wolves... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that his tears are adhesive, and that if he caught fire, he'd burn for a thousand days... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that his heart is in upside down, and that his teeth glow in the dark... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

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... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say he once threw a microwave oven at a tramp, and long before anyone else, he realized that Jade Goody was a racist pig-faced waste of blood and organs... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that the outline of his left nipple is exactly the same shape as the Nürburgring, and that if you give him a really important job to do, he'll skive off and play croquet... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

He appears to have started listening to Morse code. Very strange, or maybe it's him making that noise.

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 that to unlock him, you have to run your finger down his face, and that if he was getting divorced from Paul McCartney, he'd keep his stupid whiny mouth shut! All we know is, he's called the Stig.

Stig still listening to Morse code, better than static I suppose .... maybe he's signaling to his home planet.

Some say that his scrotum has its own small gravity field, and that because our producer rigged a phone vote, he now has a new name. All we know is, he's called Cuddles.

Some say that he thought Star Wars was a documentary, and that he recently pulled out of I'm A Celebrity because he is scared of trees... and Australia... and Koo Stark... and Ant... and Dec. All we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that he sucks the moisture from ducks, and that his crash helmet is modelled on Britney Spears' head... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that he lives in a tree, and that his sweat can be used to clean precious metals... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that he's terrified of ducks, and that there's an airport in Russia named after him... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say he can swim seven lengths under water, and he has webbed buttocks... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that he once lost a canoe on a beach in the northeast, and that he once did some time in a prison in Canterbury, because his teddy is called The Baby Jesus. All we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say he has a digital face, and that if he felt like it, he could fire Alan Sugar... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say he invented Branston Pickle, and that if you insult his mother, he will head-butt you in the chest... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that he appears on high value stamps in Sweden, and that he can catch fish with his tongue... we know him only, as the Stig.

Some say he is illegal in 17 U.S. states, and he blinks this way [horizontally]... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

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... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

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... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that he's a CIA experiment gone wrong, and that he only eats cheese... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's American cousin!

Some say he isn't machine washable, and all his potted plants are called Steve... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that he has no understanding of clouds, and that his ear wax tastes like Turkish delight... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that after making love, he bites the head off his partner. And that he's had to give up binge drinking now that it's gone to one pound eighteen to 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 that "credit-crunch" is some kind of a breakfast cereal. All we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that one of his eyes is a teste. And that he was turned down for I'm a celebrity because people have heard of him. All we know is he's called the Stig!

Some say that he sleeps inside out, and that he once had full sex with Russell Brand's answering machine. All we know is, he's called the Stig.

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... 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 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... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say his favourite ever song is Forever Autumn by Justin Hayward, and that he has the world's largest collection of pornographical material. All we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is The Stig's lorry-driving cousin!

Some say that his voice can only be heard by cats, and that he has two sets of knees... all we know is, he's called the Stig.


Some say that his breath smells of magnesium, and that he's scared of bells... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that when he slows down brake lights come on in his buttocks, and that 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. All we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that his heart ticks like a watch, and that he's confused by stairs... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

Some say that as we speak he is actually relaxing in the resort pool, and he is, he is actually.

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, he's called Lord Stig!


Some say that he knows 2 facts about ducks, and both of them are wrong. And that 61 years ago he accidentally introduced Her Majesty The Queen to a Greek racialist. All we know is, I'm going to the tower now to have my head cut off, and he is called the Stig.


Some say that he's banned from the town of Chichester, and that in a recent late-night deal, he bought a slightly dented white Fiat Uno from the Duke of Edinburgh. All we know is, he's called the Stig.


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! All we know is, he's called Bergerac!

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. All we know is, he's called the Stig.


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. All we know is he's called the Stig!

Some say that he gets terrible eczema on his helmet, and that if he'd been the video referee at the World Cup Rugby Final, he'd have seen 'of course it was a try you blind Australian half-wit'! All we know is, he's called the Stig.


Some say he's seen The Lion King 1780 times, and that his second best friend is a cape buffalo... all we know is, he's not the Stig, but he is the Stig's African cousin.


Some say he was turned down for a place in 'im a celebrity' because he is one. and that he has some terrible plans involving the moon.
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The BBC has lost a legal fight to stop publication of a book which reveals the identity of Top Gear's driver The Stig.
The High Court in London refused to grant the BBC an injunction blocking the publication by HarperCollins of an autobiography of former Formula Three driver Ben Collins.
The book, called The Man In The White Suit, claims Mr Collins is the mystery driver on the BBC Two show.




Stig court case: BBC loses battle over Ben Collins book
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Yeah I saw that in the news. I don't get it to be honest, surely he's shooting himself in the foot, sacrificing what must have been a pretty cushy and well-paid number for a one off book deal??
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its funny as well because no one really cares
it could of been a quick news topic and then over with but the BBC dragged it out.

i wonder if theres going to be a new stig, we already had Black Stig and next
......Blue Stig maybe
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Giving what he described as an exclusive interview at an auction he was attending recently, Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of the BBC’s popular motoring programme Top Gear, announced that The Stig has been sacked. Fighting an injunction by the BBC at the High Court recently, Ben Collins, a 33-year-old former racing driver, revealed that he was the man behind the darkened visor and white racing-suit.

Top Gear’s The Stig is history according to Jeremy Clarkson
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loving the stories coming off the stig revelation

SOME say he's wanted by the CIA and that he sleeps upside down like a bat.
Some say that he has no understanding of clouds, and that his earwax tastes like Turkish delight.
And some say that his breath smells of magnesium and that he's scared of ducks.
But now, in Day Two of our exclusive series, the man who was The Stig can reveal for the first time the real side of life behind the helmet.


Ben Collins My life as The Stig
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The Formula 3 driver has been revealed as the mystery white-clad driver after the BBC failed to stop him writing his memoirs.

Disappointed Clarkson said he used to be mates with Collins.

The Sun columnist said: "It was horrible because I liked him and he came round to my house and all that time he was writing a book. He's history as far as we are concerned. He's sacked."

Clarkson hinted the Stig character may be dumped from the new series later this year. Collins took over as Stig after racing driver Perry McCarthy left before going on to reveal his identity in a book.




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Top Gear's The Stig has appeared on TV - this time without his trademark white helmet.
Ben Collins, the one-time mystery racing driver whose identity was confirmed a fortnight ago when the BBC lost a court battle to block publication of his autobiography, gave his first TV interview to This Morning.

Explaining his decision to out himself in the book, The Man In The White Suit, he told the ITV1 show: "It was a very stressful time personally, and thinking, was it the right thing to do?, but I knew in my heart that it was, it was time to move on and freedom of speech was something I believed in."

Collins, whose identity had been under wraps since 2003, spoke fondly of his time on the show, describing playing The Stig as "the best job in the world" and "great fun".

He also offered praise for the show's three presenters - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May - who he described as "very talented".

While his career as The Stig is almost certainly over, the BBC has not said whether he will be replaced. Sources say that the merchandising linked to the character is such a money-spinner it is unlikely it will be scrapped altogether.

Mr Collins, who was the second driver to play The Stig, fuelled speculation that his potential replacement could be female, telling the programme: "I hope there'll be a Stig 3. It could be a him or a her."

Although his wife has recently given birth, he showed no sign of giving up on the racing dream, saying: "My next goal is to go racing and win the Le Mans race in France next year."

He is less likely to meet his other goal however, as he told the programme: "I would like to take the Popemobile around the Top Gear race track, if they'll let me back."

The only other time Mr Collins has been caught on camera without his trademark jumpsuit and helmet was in footage shot outside court.

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When it comes to men and cars, I’ve seen it all.

I have been driven at breakneck speed in a vintage Rolls by an aged Mr Toad who thought this would be a good way to impress me (it wasn’t); survived a 60mph ­collision with a tree while being chauffeured by a nice chap who didn’t notice that the road had gone all bendy; and endured endless episodes of Top Gear at the behest of my son, who in his early teens thought it the coolest thing ever.

I tend to see Top Gear as an opportunity to do a bit of multi-tasking on the ironing front. But one character always made me put down the spray starch.

Unlike his colleagues, with their unspeakable clothes and schoolboy banter, The Stig cut a seductively enigmatic figure. His white suit and reflective visor were elegantly minimalist. He never spoke. And he whacked merry hell out his cars. He was, in short, the man of many a girl’s dreams.

The publication of The Stig’s autobiography caused a stonking row with the BBC. It was a playground spat that ended up in the High Court, and the Beeb lost.

It turns out that behind the visor there lurked the agreeable features of Ben Collins, a 35-year-old racing driver and former SAS reservist who took over as the White Stig in 2003 after his predecessor, the unwisely garrulous Black Stig, drove a car off the flight deck of HMS Invincible and was never seen again.

His book looks tremendous: strikingly jacketed in blood-red foil, with Ben as The Stig on the front, and looking rather like Daniel Craig (for whom he has driven as a stunt double) in black suit and white shirt on the back.

As for the contents it is clear that the Stig’s reticence didn’t come naturally. Early racing successes, hardcore training with the SAS, and Top Gear stunts, including the one where a bloke called Tim parachuted into a Mercedes convertible, are described in a breathless stream of consciousness that makes no concessions to readers not up to speed on racing (or military) terminology.

‘The engine bounced off the limiter in top gear, I dabbed the brake and guided my missile right, carrying an extra 5 mph.

‘It went in so fast the front wheel floated over a blurred apex kerb. I held on, ran wide and mullered the big exit kerbing . . .’

And so on.

If you don’t already speak fluent Top Gear, you have two choices. You can put the book down and read one by someone whose day job is writing. Or you can lie back and let the (now, alas, probably former) Stig’s testosterone-fuelled reminiscences wash over you. It is an unexpectedly enjoyable experience.


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THE STIG insists his decision to race at Brands Hatch is not a publicity stunt.

Ben Collins, recently unmasked as Top Gear's mystery man, said: "I'm going racing. This is what I do. It's my job and has been for 16 years.

"As part of that I did some work for Top Gear. Some people might think it was the other way round but now I've come away from dedicating a lot of my time and life to television — and I'm going full tilt back into racing.

"It's not a publicity stunt. It's a great opportunity for me and my career."

Collins, 35, will drive one of the Motorbase team's BMWs at the final round of the British Touring Car Championship on October 10.

It's a one-off outing but he hopes it will lead to a full-time drive in Britain's top racing series next year.

Collins added: "The BTCC is the premier category in the UK so for any racing driver it's fantastic to compete in it.

"At the moment the deal is just for one weekend but I'd love to be involved in the longer term. That would be a dream come true."

Versatile Collins has been well known in the racing world for years, particularly as a top-rank sportscar driver.

But he was catapulted to celebrity status when he won a court battle against the BBC to tell of his Stig exploits in an autobiography — serialised in The Sun.

He said: "TV viewers probably saw The Stig as someone who drives pretty tamely.

"But behind that was a man who races in the real world, which is what I do every week.

"Being The Stig was fun but has changed nothing. My goal has always been to race at the highest level I can."

Collins admits he is looking forward to concentrating on the racetrack now that his Stig days are over.

He said: "Over the last 18 months there were more and more rumours that I was The Stig. The end was nigh, so for that pressure to come off is fantastic.

"The great thing is that I can talk about my past without worrying.

"You don't realise how precious freedom of speech is until someone tries to take it away from you."

Motorbase boss Dave Bartrum, who will also run regular drivers Steven Kane and Mat Jackson at Brands, said: "It's our home event so we just thought we'd add a bit of spice to it.

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"It's with a view to next season, if possible, and Ben is a bloody good driver.

"But I think he might have a target on his back at Brands as everyone will want to nail The Stig."

Bartrum knows Collins well and, like a host of motor racing insiders, he has been aware of The Stig's identity for several years thanks to the gossip grapevine.

But he insists Collins had never once let his guard slip to admit he was the man in the white helmet.

Bartrum said: "Even when he was ribbed about it he said nothing. He is the consummate professional."

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The man who played Top Gear driver The Stig has joined rival show Fifth Gear.

Ben Collins, 35, will debut on the Five programme when the new series launches next week.

He will appear unmasked because The Stig is a BBC trademark.

'I'm delighted to be joining the Fifth Gear team,' he says. 'And I'm looking forward to a new set of exciting challenges...apparently with and without the helmet.

Former Formula Three star Ben was identified as The Stig last month after the BBC lost a High Court bid to block the publication of his forthcoming autobiography, in which he outs himself.

He is the second driver to take on the role - he slipped into the hot seat vacated by Formula 1's Perry McCarthy, 49, in 2003.

Top Gear bosses are expected to hire a new Stig now.

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A judge has explained his decision for refusing to ban a book revealing the identity of Top Gear's The Stig.

Mr Justice Morgan said he would not grant the BBC an injunction blocking Ben Collins's autobiography at a private hearing last month.

The BBC claimed its publication would breach confidentiality obligations.

But in a public ruling today, the judge said the identity of Mr Collins was already in the public domain due to press coverage.

The autobiography, titled The Man In The White Suit, was published by HarperCollins on 16 September.
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Mr Justice Morgan added that while Mr Collins, 35, did owe a duty of confidentiality to the BBC, the identity of Top Gear's mystery driver was so generally accessible that it could no longer be described as confidential.

"In the present case, the identity of Mr Collins as The Stig is in the public domain," he added.

"If that has caused and/or will cause harm to the BBC, I do not see how any further harm will be caused to the BBC if Mr Collins is not allowed to publish his autobiography in time for the 2010 Christmas market."

Mr Collins, a former stunt double, has now joined rival show Fifth Gear, where he will be seen without his trademark helmet.

He is set to make his debut this week on the Five programme.
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After The Stig is snapped up by Five: His best Top Gear moments
Ben Collins, better known to millions as The Stig, will join Channel 5's Fifth Gear after been sacked by Top Gear. So as he waves goodbye to Jeremy Clarkson and co, we take a high-speed spin down memory lane and revisit his best moments on the hit show.

The Stig’s F1 present
What do you get a man who’s driven every top sports car on the planet for his birthday? A drive around the Top Gear track in a 1,500bhp F1 Renault, that’s what. Needless to say, Stig smashes the show’s best track time…

Crashing a Koenigsegg CCX
The Stig’s right foot got a tad carried away when he was given custody of the brutally quick Koenigsegg CCX. The Swedish hyper-beast has a top speed of 245mph, and Stig, in a rare lapse, ran it off the track and into a tyre wall.

Tackling London’s public transport system
The Stig was tasked with traversing the capital using only public transport, and trying to beat Richard Hammond, who was on a bike, James May in a car and Jeremy Clarkson in a speedboat on the Thames. The Stig came a respectable third.

Saving Cameron Diaz
The Stig came to the rescue of an A-lister in distress earlier this year when Cameron Diaz visited the show and broke down during her ‘reasonably priced car’ track challenge. Ms Diaz’s motor– a red Kia Ceed - came to a sudden halt with the gearbox making a horrendous racket and the enigmatic Stig came to the rescue in a fast sports car.

Pretending to be James May
In a Britain v Germany challenge, desperate times called for desperate measures. The boys faced the presenters of German motoring show D Motor in a series of challenges on the Zolder circuit in Belgium. The Germans were on top until the Stig pretended to be James May in a head-to-head with Tim Schrick featuring an Aston Martin DBRS9 and a Porsche 997 GT3.

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The new campaign, developed by ad agency DCH, will feature Top Gear presenter who lives near Fuller's brewery

Top Gear star James May appears in his first TV ad tomorrow night as the new face of beer brand London Pride.

The campaign, developed by ad agency DCH, plays on the fact that May lives around the corner from Fuller's brewery in Chiswick, London.

The TV ad, the first the company has run since 2007, also plays on May's most famous TV role as a car-loving critic on Top Gear. "This is the one thing I'd walk somewhere for," says May as he strides across the road and into a pub to sip a pint of London Pride.

A number of TV ads have been filmed in "landmark" Fuller's pubs across London which will take a "wry and witty look at James's love of London Pride".

May has also signed up to host an "online tour" of the family business's brewery, a Fuller's pub quiz and a tutored beer tasting. These will be hosted on the London Pride Facebook site.

London Pride was created in 1959 but Fuller's did not run its first TV campaign until 1997.

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TopGear.com decamped down to Dunsfold yesterday to a) check the Top Gear track is still there (it is), and b) catch up with Jeremy and James as they announced details of this year's Top Gear Live World Tour to the world's press.

Coming soon is a great video with the guys inside the 747 - featuring the concept of locating Richard Hammond in foreign cities via the medium of pornography - but for now, the pertinent details are thus...

Stars of the this year's show include the first ever transparent car, Porsches transformed beyond all recognition and a custom made 'Godzilla' Nissan GT-R going head to head with a police helicopter. Indoors.

And the confirmed dates:

London, Earls Court: 4-7 Nov 2010
Birmingham, NEC: 11-14 Nov 2010
Dublin, CityWest Event Centre: 26-28 Nov 2010
Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre: 3-6 Mar 2011
Melbourne, Melbourne Showgrounds: 11-14 Mar 2011
Jo'burg, Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit: 17-20 Mar 2011
Oslo, venue tbc: 24-27 Mar 2011

"Car stunt shows used to involve standing in rain-soaked concrete car parks watching men in branded hats driving round in circles", said Jezza. "But Top Gear Live continues to prove that proper theatre with cars is possible and yet again, we've pushed the boundaries of car theatre for this 'Prototype Tour'.

"It's ambitious, but for once, it isn't complete rubbish".

Oh, and the reason Richard was absent was he got the wrong place. "He thought we said Dublin when we actually said Dunsfold", Jezza explained.


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Jeremy Clarkson's long-running series of DVDs can be notoriously hit and miss in terms of quality, but there's no doubting the standard of supercar his name attracts.

The latest effort, dubbed 'The Italian Job', hits the shelves next month and features the Ferrari 599 GTO, 458 Italia, Pagani Zonda R, Lamborghini Superleggara LP570-4 and Ariel Atom V8 amongst others.

The trailer shows Clarkson gurning his way round Imola and Fiorano in his usual manner, and no doubt The Italian Job plays out like an extended episode of Top Gear, but you can be sure that no other stocking filler will cover so much exotic metal in so little time.

To see if it's going on your Christmas list, click below to watch the preview.



uk.autoblog.com/2010/10/13/video-clarkso...oliday-comes-to-dvd/
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saw this and found it funny

Forget about The Stig, his real name, and the fact that he's jumped ship to Fifth Gear to do, in his words "stunts", it appears that another motoring mystery has been solved.

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and Red Bull F1 driver Sebastian Vettel appear to be clones!

Look at these two photographs: the one on the right is a young Jeremy Clarkson, while the other is a rendering of an older Sebastian Vettel using new Photoshop "ageing" techniques. The likeness is uncanny, don't you think?

I have been unable to take DNA swabs to help prove the connection, so it appears I'll have to look out for behavioural traits instead.

Should Clarkson start to swerve without warning into his Top Gear teammates, or on the other hand should Vettel suddenly lose all sartorial taste, then there's more evidence for my theory.

Mind you there could be benefits. Should Clarkson "come out" as part of Vettel's genetic makeup, perhaps he will allow his well-hidden driving talent to be exposed at last, which will solve the how-do-we-replace-the-stig conundrum, surely (though I'll wager he'll pay himself a bit more than the Beeb gave Ben Collins).

It would also only be a matter of time before young Sebastian started to become a great communicator, story-teller and practical joker, though he might also take on the habit of bullying smaller and quieter colleagues and insulting Australians. Oh hang on, he already does that!

Anyway, there are theories that Vettel was the Stig all the time and that Ben Collins was merely a stooge. I'll keep you posted.

www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/blogs/driveta...ttel-are-they-clones
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Video of Jeremy Clarkson talking about Top Gear Live

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