So in the news yesterday, the BBC lost a court case against tame racing driver, The Stig, pertaining to the attempted blocking of the release of a book by the Man in White. Had the Beeb won, the book would have been blocked for release, and the Stig would have remained anonymous. This was not the case, as the Stig has won his legal battle, and revealed his identity.
Some say… that he’s a failed scientific experiment to bring back Ayrton Senna from beyond the grave (?)… and that he survived 2 weeks in a gym bag in training for MI-6, but rejected it, as talking was part of the job description… All we know is, he’s called…
The 16-year motorsport veteran and stunt driver was unveiled today after his victory in court – albeit in proper suit and not the racing suit he’s more famous for – allowed the autobiography he had penned about his experiences on Top Gear to go ahead, after the BBC had ordered him to block its release, claiming that it would go against the character of the Stig by revealing himself, as he had been paid to remain anonymous about his role.
The Stig’s character is unique on Top Gear, as the main draw about him is that he’s always completely anonymous, never speaks, and nobody knows anything about him, giving the presenters to conjure up their own Stig Facts when introducing him. Fans have long wondered who played the role of the Stig ever since the original Stig, Perry McCarthy (below), was forced out of the job for, not coincidentally, writing a book and outing himself as The Stig.
The question now remains though.. How will Collins’ Stig be forced off the show, and who will now take up the Stig’s role on Top Gear? McCarthy – who portrayed the first incarnation of The Stig (known now as Black Stig for the colour of his racing gear) – was forced off the show in an incident involving a Jaguar and the HMS Invincible aircraft carrier (which you can see below). You have to wonder, how can they possibly top that for an exit? We’ll soon see..
Now, the reason I bring this up, is because Top Gear, The Stig, and the Test Track are scheduled to appear in Gran Turismo 5 this November. White Stig (Collins) has already been modeled and shown in trailer footage. So what now? Will he have to be taken out and replaced because he’s not on the show any more? Or at this late stage before release, will they keep him in, bearing in mind that no “new Stig” has been announced or shown since Collins’ departure, so they have no info to base a replacement off? This isn’t the first dilemma Polyphony Digital are facing, because in one of their new tracks based in Siena, Italy, the unlicensed use of the 17 Contrade flags and banners has kicked up a fuss with conflicting rights issues with the Palio di Siena, a horse race through the city streets that happens twice a year, and they are being threatened with legal action if they aren’t removed before the game’s release.