The Man in the White Suit

The Man in the White Suit : The Stig, Le Mans, the Fast Lane and Me

By (author) Ben Collins

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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 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 -- setting a 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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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 232 x 30mm | 498.95g
  • 26 Oct 2010
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • (2x8pp plates)
  • 0007331681
  • 9780007331680
  • 51,111

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Ben Collins won races in every category from Formula Three to Le Mans Sportscars and GT, and captured the European NASCAR title. He also worked as a Hollywood stuntman. In 2003 he became the anonymous fourth presenter, known as The Stig, of "Top Gear," coaching celebrities, organizing car chases, and testing hundreds of priceless cars. Eight years later, his alter ego is recognized by millions around the world.

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"This is a fun, must read adventure for anyone who calls themselves a car nut." --MC2-The Mini Magazine

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