Formerly known as The Stig from BBC’s internationally acclaimed Top Gear program, Ben Collins is also a professional Le Mans Racecar Driver, Bestselling Author, TV Presenter, World Record Breaker and Hollywood Stunt Driver.
As the Stig, Ben Collins was the benchmark of speed against which all other drivers set themselves, the man that everyone from Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell to Jenson Button tried and failed to beat. He has raced successfully in almost every class imaginable, from Formula 3 and Le Mans 24 Hour competition to American Stock Car Racing. Jackie Stewart watching a young Ben win a Formula 3 race was blown away: ‘When you see the likes of Ben Collins in Formula One, remember you saw them here first’.
Ben has put every known supercar to the test, racing everything from the Bugatti Veyron and Ferrari 430 Scuderia to a London Routemaster. From the anonymity of his white helmet he taught some of the world’s most famous stars how to lay down a fast racing lap, caught a parachutist in his moving car and coached a blind man how to take on a chicane.
Ben also set up and now runs Collins Autosport who have supplied precision drivers for Top Gear and Hollywood, with Ben commanding James Bond’s Aston Martin in the last James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, and performing as Nic Cage’s driving stunt double in National Treasure 2. Collins Autosport also offer the ultimate driving challenge in some of the fastest cars on the planet to an international clientele who are looking to take driving to a whole new level. Ben writes for Autosport and the Sunday Times and was a presenter for Channel Five’s Fifth Gear, pitting his skills against ex-professional racers Tiff Needell and Jason Plato. His bestselling memoir, The Man in the White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, The Fast Lane and Me (HarperCollins, 2010) charts a life of passion, commitment and a determination to succeed in the highly competitive adrenaline fuelled world of motor sports.
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