The Man in the White Suit: The Stig, Le Mans, The Fast Lane and Me [NOOK Book]

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The Stig gets his kit off and reveals how he came to be Top Gear's iconic racing driver and so much more - including what it's like to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, train for the Army and face the terror of Jeremy Clarkson's underwear…When the Black Stig disappeared off the end of an aircraft carrier in 2003, we were introduced to The White Stig. Faster. Stranger. Harder to keep clean. And ever since, millions have wondered – who is The Man in the White Suit? They're about to find out.Ben Collins caught the car the...
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Overview

The Stig gets his kit off and reveals how he came to be Top Gear's iconic racing driver and so much more - including what it's like to thrash an Aston Martin DBS, train for the Army and face the terror of Jeremy Clarkson's underwear…When the Black Stig disappeared off the end of an aircraft carrier in 2003, we were introduced to The White Stig. Faster. Stranger. Harder to keep clean. And ever since, millions have wondered – who is The Man in the White Suit? They're about to find out.Ben Collins caught the car the bug young, kicking his dad's boss in the balls for not giving him a company Jag. This was the attitude that eventually led him to spend seven years sharing a cabin with Jeremy Clarkson's underwear, James May's PhD thesis and Richard Hammond's hairspray. Because he is The Stig.Now he tells all about life inside the iconic white helmet. What it's like to guide a blind ex-RAF officer around the Top Gear track; pit a drug dealer's Mitsubishi Evo against a Trojan tank; set a Vauxhall Monara against Chloe the dancing Ninja; and race double-decker Routemasters against bendy buses. Not to mention all the inside stuff on how the show's amazing driving sequences are made.He also reveals how he got to be there – settinga Dunsfold lap time faster than Michael Schumacher's. Breaking records with the best of the best at Daytona and Le Mans.It's an awesome story, told by an amazing man.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007331703
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 79,915
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

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 ASCAR title. When a lack of funding curtailed his racing career, Ben joined the Army Reserves. 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. Eight years and 13 series on, his alter ego is recognised by millions around the world. Ben loves in the West country with his wife Georgie and 3 children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Here is a book that is a must read for any fan of the stig It is a well written, intelligent and funny memoir of some of the hightlights of his life I do think that the show should have gave him more credit and maybe helped him out with his racing.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    A Great Book for Gearheads

    A great review of his life covering not only Top Gear, but his family, LeMans, sports car racing, and military training. Ben seems to be a modest, humble person with kind words for nearly everyone.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    The view from behind the visor

    It was definitely interesting to read how the Top Gear guys were with each other behind the scenes also how Ben would have to hide his identity so meticulously. Bottom line, if you like the show you'll enjoy the book. Good Luck Ben.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    This is a well-written story about Ben Collins' life. Although

    This is a well-written story about Ben Collins' life. Although he is best known as The Stig from Top Gear, much of this book concerns Collins' life in the military and his trials and tribulations as a race car driver. I bought the book because I am a big Top Gear fan and I found the book very enjoyable. While Top Gear is discussed at length in the book, the book is not a tell-all or replete with behind-the-scenes information. It does contain many interesting details about Top Gear, but when you buy this book, keep in mind that it is really about Collins more so than Top Gear. It's still a great read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 27, 2012

    I should have taken Jeremy's advice

    Clarkson suggested that we not buy this book in protest of Sacked Stig breaking silence. I should have taken his advice, it's not great prose. It's got a lot of info about his military service and only minor items that you don't know if you watched Top Gear religiously and have done some reading about it on the TG website and such. Clarkson and Hammond's books about TG are much more entertaining.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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