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    Question The Stig Autobiography

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment...-1225907604455

    BBC and Top Gear's mystery man The Stig in legal row over his identity


    HIS face obscured by a blacked-out visor on his helmet, The Stig has become famous as much for his anonymity as his driving skills.


    Now the Top Gear star is locked in a bizarre legal dispute with the BBC over an attempt to write his autobiography - a move which threatens to finally lift the lid on his identity.

    The broadcaster says he would be breaching a confidentiality agreement and tarnishing the mystery of the show, one of its most popular.

    Quite who would want to read a book about a faceless man about whom so little is known is unclear.

    Only a handful of BBC executives and the program's presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May know who The Stig is.

    The corporation is desperate to stop him revealing his identity and has called in lawyers, who have warned him publication would breach his "contractual" and "confidentiality" obligations to the program.

    But he is continuing to fight them in what is a described as an "incredibly tense" situation.

    It is understood that publishers representing the racing driver have hit back with their own legal letters, raising the prospect of an embarrassing court battle.

    Insiders fear the BBC will end up axing the driver over the dispute, which has said to have deeply upset the show's star Clarkson.

    Others have suggested The Stig may quit over the stand-off.
    Sources said that for many years the driver had been forced to watch as Top Gear's other stars made a fortune from book deals.

    But apart from his pay for appearing on the series, estimated to be between $10,000 and $20,000 a show, he has been unable to fully exploit his fame.

    The BBC's commercial arm is behind products such as Stig shower gel and a Stig soap-on-a-rope, but The Stig does not make any money from them.

    A BBC insider said: "This is absolutely about confidentiality. These are such unusual circumstances because he is anonymous."

    The Stig has been a key part of the show's success since it was revamped from a dry motoring magazine format to a more humorous show eight years ago.

    The Stig keeps his helmet and suit on for the entire time the show is recording.

    He arrives on set early with only a handful of production staff so he will not be recognised.

    Among The Stig's features on the program is Power Laps, which sees him test out performance road cars.
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    ive always wondered who he was. i hope he doesnt leave the show

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by metry Click here to enlarge
    ive always wondered who he was. i hope he doesnt leave the show
    they will just get someone else and make them anonymous.....it adds to the excitement. gets people wondering who he is.... and 10000 - 20000 an episode is pretty darn good.

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    The Stig Autobiography

    They will do what they did with black stig..


    Why doesn't the stig push to get helmets banned in public like the burqa Click here to enlarge hehe
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by gmonkey Click here to enlarge
    They will do what they did with black stig..
    ??

    not the one from the botswana special? i thought that was the same stig... just professionally spray tanned?
    Sure, we dont have to worry about viking raids or scurvy anymore, but instead we make a daily routine of sitting in flimsy, fibreglass (or metal) boxes full of gasoline which are propelled in opposing directions on the freeway at velocities matching that of low flying aircraft.

    This is a roundabout way of saying that cars are dangerous....

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by hazrd Click here to enlarge
    ??

    not the one from the botswana special? i thought that was the same stig... just professionally spray tanned?
    Nah black stig was a bloke called perry mccarthy, he revealed his identity so the people at top gear sent him off the edge of an aircraft carrier and replaced him Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by sooty Click here to enlarge
    Nah black stig was a bloke called perry mccarthy, he revealed his identity so the people at top gear sent him off the edge of an aircraft carrier and replaced him Click here to enlarge
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    Was in a NOS powered jaguar Click here to enlarge the advert for the yaris is what ur thinking of Click here to enlarge
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by gmonkey Click here to enlarge
    Was in a NOS powered jaguar Click here to enlarge the advert for the yaris is what ur thinking of Click here to enlarge
    ah yes, my bad
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    there has been about 5-6 stigs.

    they changed em on a regular basis in the start
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