Ben Collins was born in Bristol before moving to California, where he competed as a junior Olympic standard swimmer. When a career as a fighter pilot was cut short by a visit to the optician, Ben switched to cars. He won races in every category from Formula Three to Le Mans Sportscars and GT, and captured the European NASCAR title. When a lack of funding curtailed his racing career, Ben joined the Army Reserves and passed selection. He also worked as a Hollywood stuntman. In 2003 he became the anonymous fourth presenter, known as The Stig, of Top Gear, coaching celebrities, organising car chases and testing hundreds of priceless cars.
"An interesting look into the life of a man that landed in an
amazing job on "TopGear" UK, and a telling look at the life of "TG"
behind the scenes." --"The Protagonist" blog
"Car culture's Deep Throat has come forward." --"New York Times" blog