Ben Collins – How to drive – The original Top Gear Stig,
The Stig is a character on the British motoring television show Top Gear. The character is a play on the anonymity of racing drivers’ full-face helmets, with the running joke that nobody knows who or what is inside the Stig’s racing suit. The Stig’s primary role is setting lap times for cars tested on the show. Previously, he would also instruct celebrity guests, off-camera, for the show’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment.
The identity of the original “Black” Stig, Perry McCarthy, was exposed by a Sunday newspaper in January 2003, and confirmed by McCarthy later that year. The black-suited Stig was subsequently “killed off” that October in the series 3 premiere, and replaced in the following episode by a new White Stig who lasted through to the end of series 15.