How 'The Stig' Hid His Secret Identity & Life On Top Gear | Your Car Stories (feat. Ben Collins)

7 dets 2020
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This week, we're joined by former Top Gear Stig Ben Collins to discuss his secret identity, working with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and what's coming next!
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  • Best time I've spent avoiding my workday, you guys and Ben are great!

    64mustangfan64mustangfan5 päeva tagasi
  • Always good to hear stories from Ben, seems a very genuine and down to earth guy.

    Steve HallSteve Hall5 päeva tagasi
  • This was great fun!! Hopefully Ben will work with you in the future!

    tiderfishtiderfish10 päeva tagasi
  • Everyone knows the true Identity of the Stig is Michael Schumacher

    Imback InthegameImback InthegameМісяць tagasi
  • Either is MR SNAPSBOLTS ...... JACK IS TBONE ..... ALEX IS MR LAMBOCRY AND garath is zandagate

    YungBaileyYungBaileyМісяць tagasi
  • Did he drive the merc in top gear where the parachuters landed in the rear seats but he's face wasn't covered

    Mitchell J WMitchell J WМісяць tagasi
  • I’ve always thought they definitely break the speed limits when shooting top gear and working with the police too

    Ellis JamesEllis JamesМісяць tagasi
  • I had the theory that, in order to get away with the controversy of using more than one driver for lap times, they just cover up the driver behind helmet and suit.

    Anas NasirAnas NasirМісяць tagasi
  • It's genuinely depressing how uninterested ethan is when he's talking

    Harry LocktonHarry Lockton2 місяці tagasi
  • Never ask a man what hes spent on his mazda.

    1am570yl3z1am570yl3z2 місяці tagasi
  • Ben is bloody interesting. Well-spoken and knowledgeable.

    MIchael SinclairMIchael Sinclair2 місяці tagasi

    GixermouseGixermouse2 місяці tagasi
  • Believe it or not, in a different context, "podding" is a thing. In a game called Eve Online, your avatar lives inside a miniature space ship called a "pod". To be shot at and killed by another player while only in your pod is called "podding" someone.

    Lester ShislerLester Shisler2 місяці tagasi
  • Love the little Seb story about his Suzuki lap. :D

    Mihajlo VucinicMihajlo Vucinic2 місяці tagasi
  • What an awesome guest. So many great anecdotes and told well! Great podcast.

    M CM C2 місяці tagasi
  • 16:20 Alex: My Mazda is essentially a Porsche Ben: Yeah. Alex: 250hp, weighs a ton, it's great Ben: How much have you spent on that? Alex: ...anyway, so then

    Nathan MarronNathan Marron2 місяці tagasi
  • For what it's worth, Phil wins in the looks department over a Z3 in my book😁

    Louie MontinolaLouie Montinola2 місяці tagasi
  • Ben and Gordon Ramsay on fast food?

    CarlCarl3 місяці tagasi
  • As weird as it sounds, I found out Ben was the Stig about 6-7 months before it all came out, simply because someone made a Reddit post saying his dad ran their own laundromat and Ben had taken the Stig suit in and asked for it to be cleaned etc and told his dad he was the Stig and to keep shush thinking his dad wasn't well informed about the show, so he told the son and he in turned shared the story and the picture of Ben and his dad together holding the Stig suit

    Lucas DelaneyLucas Delaney3 місяці tagasi
  • That was actually jenson buttons veyron the first time

    seewhathappensRacing UKseewhathappensRacing UK3 місяці tagasi
  • Loving the podcasts lads but can someone on the team make the Playlist play in order please? Episode 1 first with new ones added to it at the end, that way, if you have saved the Playlist, they will play in order. Many thanks. All the best for 2021 ...... kick it.

    Wiggysan WiggysanWiggysan Wiggysan3 місяці tagasi
  • You have to be stupid to believe that stig wasn't a different driver all the time, it's literally frank from death race scenario

    KisselKissel3 місяці tagasi
  • So that mx5 is a "jdm" chassis with a porsche-designed jag engine built by Ford? Is that not just the best combination you've ever heard of? Lol I love that id love a good build bio of that car. Where's Larry Chen when you need him

    Thomas BinderThomas Binder3 місяці tagasi
  • i knew he was the stig when i was a child because my dad was friends with the owner of GPR his old helmets. BUT no one believed me in school when i said "Ben Collins" lmfao

    giles217giles2173 місяці tagasi
  • Podding Navigating through life without any real purpose To be doing absolutely nothing important. Laying around, not going outside, just doing nothing. Sadfrog...

    OvAeonsOvAeons3 місяці tagasi
  • Book ordered 👍🏼

    EMOTTEMOTT3 місяці tagasi
  • I would have questioned the insurance company if I was Paul. I had an unfortunate car/lamp post interface once and I called my insurer to query my excess. I decided not to make a claim but they registered it as a claim. I told them it wasn't a claim, just an enquiry and they took it off my file.

    NikonGuyNikonGuy3 місяці tagasi
  • 28:47 that's the interview you're looking for

    14725800369147258003693 місяці tagasi
  • Why swap a fiesta st for a diesel? It's only a 30 minute commute 🤦‍♂️

    JayJay3 місяці tagasi
  • If we convert internal combustion engines to run on hydrogen we won’t lose current engine technology, just upgrade it. P.S When you burn hydrogen the exhaust is just oxygen and water. WiN wIn

    Brandon ParkerBrandon Parker3 місяці tagasi
  • Saw 3 apples and thought, 3 muppets and clicked off.

    TheSecretVaultTheSecretVault3 місяці tagasi
  • As for insurance... don't get me startedriding

    gofresgofres3 місяці tagasi
  • Nathan? You mean Ethan? 1:25:26?

    gofresgofres3 місяці tagasi
  • Quick question... why do you all wear headphones?

    gofresgofres3 місяці tagasi
  • A mate of mine who is into the world of motorsport had leaked who the Stig was many years before it was general knowledge. Trouble is, this guy was so full of sh*t that none of us believed him... although it turns out he was telling the truth!

    gofresgofres3 місяці tagasi
  • Jack could definitely be the stig after his backward drift in the Vectra estate

    GE_22GE_223 місяці tagasi
  • It's kinda sad when you think about how all the people who pushed to uncover the stage helped edge him off his career in Top Gear.

    Scooter GrantScooter Grant3 місяці tagasi
  • Was the diff lock in the center, rear or at the front?!?!

    ashystyleashystyle3 місяці tagasi
  • It's ok Jack, I had to ask my wife who Ellie watsit was! Thankfully you are ok. All the best............

    Michael LoachMichael Loach3 місяці tagasi
  • "Why don't we call him the Ben Collins?" A living legend!

    Bence Gábor SlezákBence Gábor Slezák3 місяці tagasi
  • What a guest!

    Heikki RemesHeikki Remes3 місяці tagasi
  • Epic interview with Ben Collins!

    Rory RobinsonRory Robinson3 місяці tagasi
  • Would love to see a Ben Collins overland series.

    David RydeDavid Ryde3 місяці tagasi
  • I leave this under every video I watched, it helps the algorithm

    mick mullermick muller3 місяці tagasi
  • Is there any info on who was after Ben as stig on top gear?

    kapten awesomekapten awesome3 місяці tagasi
  • I failed my first test for doing a 40mph in a 60mph. Ducks hill

    RobbRobb3 місяці tagasi
  • Getting Ben Collins and Chris Harris on the podcast has been incredible viewing! Great content!!

    hoops3hoops33 місяці tagasi
  • Man is a Driver

    Joe ThisyeareveryyearJoe Thisyeareveryyear3 місяці tagasi
  • 44:01 zombie apocalypse starting. Don't ignore those sirens.

    Cha LeowinCha Leowin3 місяці tagasi
  • Did anyone ever find out who took over from him? Or was it right that several Professional drivers just took it in turns?

    Steven HartSteven Hart3 місяці tagasi
  • I am wondering, is the UK only country where insurance grows in an accident where it is not your fault? I Mean, come on, you receive money from the insurance but then you end up paying this money back due to your payment rises. Doesn't it make insurance company useless? Not even mentioning the fact that your vehicle will become cheaper after the accident anyway

    Car Vs MotoCar Vs Moto3 місяці tagasi
  • Please edit out sound of chuck/swallowing/clicking with lips etc. :/

    Saeglopur89Saeglopur893 місяці tagasi
  • Some say that if he produces food via photosynthesis and that he recently bought a punching bag the shape of Rubens Barrichello. All we know is, he's called the Stig

    rowenrowen3 місяці tagasi
  • With you guys on the Golf GTD choice, I am blessed to drive a 19 plate one with DSG and it is absolutely brilliant and love every aspect of the car because it ticks all the boxes.

    Chris WardChris Ward3 місяці tagasi
  • 30:14 who is Ben talking about? Why are't you mentioning that??

    ashystyleashystyle3 місяці tagasi
  • Best Podecast Ever!

    Flavio GasparFlavio Gaspar3 місяці tagasi
  • You forgot to ask Ben about his work in video games.

    Ryzza5Ryzza53 місяці tagasi
  • What happened to the podcast van, why not use thag

    Evan SwabyEvan Swaby3 місяці tagasi
  • Some say he has a massive ego........and they’re right.

    Mr.EMr.E3 місяці tagasi
  • I think you need to get Ellie Goulding on for an episode would be a good follow up 😂

    Richard GreggRichard Gregg3 місяці tagasi
  • No timecodes?

    Ryzza5Ryzza53 місяці tagasi
  • where's the van!!!

    Thomas DufallThomas Dufall3 місяці tagasi
  • When Ben asked how much has been spent on the mx5 an advert come on and the guy was whistling 😂😂😂 Made me laugh

    Vrs BenVrs Ben3 місяці tagasi
  • kinda agree with the merging rant when on a slip road you've gotta give way to the traffic already on highway

    Chris JamiesonChris Jamieson3 місяці tagasi
  • "I take it out on people I get hold of" looks straight at Ethan XD

    T1NYT1NY3 місяці tagasi
  • An elderly couple drove into the back of my Lexus, they accepted fault and were lovely about the whole situation but I now have to disclose it as a 'no fault claim' and my insurance went up £70. Not my fault and I have to fork out extra cash as a result, utter scam.

    LukeLuke3 місяці tagasi
  • 8:23 FYI boys the "Reverse "J" turn" you refer to in your videos is NOT actually a "Reverse "J" Turn". I'm sorry but you all MUST learn to call it by it's proper and ONLY greatest name ever. It is known as "The Rockford". The reason for this is that in North America late1970's to the mid 1980's there was a Show in TV called "The Rockford Files" and the main character played by James Garner was a very poor Private Eye. Poor in the money sense not the ability sense. lol. His character "Jim Rockford" drove a 1979 Sierra Gold coupe, Pontiac Firebird Formula 400. It was supposed to be a "Performance" type of car and I guess at that time it was. But everything in that era of cars in the USA especially had been hit with the Smog mandates and other rules that killed all the power in ALL the cars of the day. So this car although having a 400 CI V8 made only about 180 HP. Although torque figures for the V8's helped a lot to give it some Oomph. In almost every episode there of course was a car chase for excitement and the big Firebird cut a nice look but we all knew it was a duck under the hood. SO to make the chases seem much more exciting they would often and frequently have Jim perform a very fast a vigorous "J" turn. They did this so much that people started to refer to the maneuver as "The Rockford". Now it isn't just because people started calling it that due to the show but because the show and James Garner (Rest his soul) has become somewhat of an underground icon. A Cult Classic if you will. As well has the good ol "J" turn..... I mean "The Rockford" maneuver. SO please in the future and as you live your youtube lives entertaining us Deplorable's remember it's not just a "J" Turn. It "A Rockford". LOL. Sorry for the long comment but it was necessary. Thanks guys and love the show! lol.

    Greg WayneGreg Wayne3 місяці tagasi
  • Why not modify the suspension on the RS to make it nicer around town?

    kingofl337kingofl3373 місяці tagasi
  • These Ben Collins episodes have been the best! Did you get any footage of him checking out the MX5?

    poochey1poochey13 місяці tagasi
  • so did Schumacher actually take over after Ben or was the reveal a joke

    scooter doggscooter dogg3 місяці tagasi
    • Joke

      Ryzza5Ryzza53 місяці tagasi
  • BS.

    RR ShowtimeRR Showtime3 місяці tagasi
  • Is the new Stig Ethan

    Ryan KingdonRyan Kingdon3 місяці tagasi
  • Only time I've ever not been pissed about an add on EEworld is the fact that one plays as soon as Ben asks Alex how much his mx5 build costs

    Poddy HaddenPoddy Hadden4 місяці tagasi
  • The stig was litterally the superhero on top gear

    Emerald SaiyanEmerald Saiyan4 місяці tagasi
  • "Bloody 'ell" - take a shot 😂

    Dominik WildeDominik Wilde4 місяці tagasi
  • Amazing interview. Utterly compelling viewing

    English MustardEnglish Mustard4 місяці tagasi
  • how do you win the book ?

    london manlondon man4 місяці tagasi
  • These podcast are superb

    Michael LauterMichael Lauter4 місяці tagasi
  • some say he is copying the grand tours platform but with food and he cant cook

    Steven MillarSteven Millar4 місяці tagasi
  • you did chris harris and the stig podcast on the same day didnt you

    Suchar SharmaSuchar Sharma4 місяці tagasi
  • Then Barrichelo showed up... cheater...

    Thiago Albino SantosThiago Albino Santos4 місяці tagasi
  • I really hope you got footage of ben in the mazda! 👀 great podcast. 😀

    Iain MacdonaldIain Macdonald4 місяці tagasi
  • I recently drove a Z4 with a 2.3 litre engine and it was all revs and nothing else, it lacked in power so much! Maybe that would have been different if it was a Z4 M it would have been quicker, but yeah the Z4 was slow!

    Joel BrownJoel Brown4 місяці tagasi
  • Is he that guy that killed the Mazda Furai?

    Sven wSven w4 місяці tagasi
  • Being an endurance sports car fan in the late '90s / early '00s (in which Ben was a regular driver), it was fairly common knowledge that he was 'the Stig'. What I think gets forgotten now, is that, even after its relaunch, Top Gear was a fairly low key thing on BBC2 for many years. Not many people knew much about it, yet alone who the real Stig was.

    Big MoncriefBig Moncrief4 місяці tagasi
  • Perry is the real Stig

    Naz NomadNaz Nomad4 місяці tagasi
  • The insurance thing is a real scam. I got hit by an uninsured driver (who then drove off) causing £2K damage. As the insurance company couldn’t recoup the costs it’s now on my record as a no fault claim. Currently paying around £100 more per year than I was. I got my excess back luckily but it’s the fact that I’m still paying for an accident that wasn’t my fault. Great podcast 👍

    N HN H4 місяці tagasi
  • Ben Collins is the man. Between this and the Chris Harris podcast the best ones you have done

    RatRaceProducingRatRaceProducing4 місяці tagasi
  • Great stuff guys !

    Malcolm HardwickMalcolm Hardwick4 місяці tagasi
  • jack golf accident

    Henry JohnHenry John4 місяці tagasi
  • If the guy asking for diesel advice is reading comments. Dont go for golf GTD, Audi make an A3 with the same engine as the GTD, quicker to 60 because its four wheel drive, same power, same mpg, sub £13k, debatably looks nicer inside and out.

    LRSLRS4 місяці tagasi
  • The wise tuesday antenatally shiver because enemy peripherally lie besides a defiant red. insidious, fretful cupboard

    Arminder BatthArminder Batth4 місяці tagasi
  • Always thought Ben was the black stig and then white stig was someone else but just checked the supersport lap and that was white stig so guess ben played both.

    kevin6666123kevin66661234 місяці tagasi
  • 12:53 Urban dictionary: "The act of displeasing someone, often while cheating in a video game or being better than the person that is accusing you of poding." Also found it to mean the act of removing peas from their pods... Your welcome 😂

    Ollie JohnsonOllie Johnson4 місяці tagasi
  • There should be a drinking game for all the plugs on this interview - everytime Ben plugs something, we should have a drink. Surprised he didn't plug his niece's nail salon too... Or something :)

    Jaco2kJaco2k4 місяці tagasi
  • Amazing episode.

    Can BozkurtCan Bozkurt4 місяці tagasi
  • New Co-host??????

    Stuart WellsStuart Wells4 місяці tagasi
  • I always wondered if he actually could hear the musics playing in the car while doing a lap?

    Sepehr MnSepehr Mn4 місяці tagasi
    • Certain TG DVDs had laps without music, so it's safe to say the music was added in the edit.

      Ryzza5Ryzza53 місяці tagasi
  • 13k would get a nice mk3 octavia vRS wouldn't it? Nice eco car, plenty of go and space for stuff. Map it and they are rapid

    vrsmartin2981vrsmartin29814 місяці tagasi
  • I worked it out the buggatti supersport did 0.32 miles per gallon on track and that's assuming it was totally empty by the end so it's actually worse

    Honk HonkHonk Honk4 місяці tagasi