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The BBC has been refused a court injunction preventing the revealing of The Stig's identity.

The failed court injunction has revealed one of the BBC's best kept secrets.

He may have a fear of ducks but hit motor show Top Gear's mysterious circuit driver The Stig proved to be not so tame after beating a High Court ban by BBC bosses to muzzle him.

An autobiography by HarperCollins reveals the Stig to be racing driver and stuntman, Ben Collins.


The Stig's true identity was a closely guarded secret

On his website Collins, 35,is revealed to be one of the stunt drivers who drove the Aston Martins in the latest 007 film, Quantam of Solace.

In a small paragraph it says: "Collins is also a leading stunt driver for film and television".

In response to the ruling a BBC spokesperson said: "The BBC brought this action as we believe it is vital to protect the character of the Stig which ultimately belongs to the licence fee payer.

"Today's judgement does not prevent the BBC from pursuing this matter to trial and the BBC will not be deterred from protecting such information from attack no matter when or by whom it should arise."

Some say he naturally faces magnetic north, and that all of his legs are hydraulic... all we know is, he's called the Stig.

BBC Presenter, Jeremy Clarkson

During the legal battle the show's boss Andy Wilman wrote a passionate blog in defence of keeping the Stig's identity secret.

In it he said: "The whole point of the Stig is the mystique – the bizarre characteristics he has, the wonderment created about what he might think, feel, do or look like. Kids adore the conceit, and I believe adults, although they know it’s a man in a suit (or is it?), gladly buy into the whole conceit because they find it entertaining."

The Top Gear test driver's job on the BBC series was to drive featured sports cars around the shows test track very fast.

But The Stig became a bit of a legend on the show after presenter Jeremy Clarkson started introducing the anonymous driver each week with a different comic saying.

The Stig's identity was never revealed as he always appeared on the show helmeted, darkened visor down and clad head to toe in his trademark white racing overalls.

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Guest Awesome Kong

Why do people have to ruin the stig for? Allow them baiting who he his.

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Guest Lens

would have been better if they just regularly changed the actor playing the stig, so that he didn't have a real identity

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