Better known as The Stig from BBC’s internationally acclaimed Top Gear program, Ben Collins has coached hundreds of celebrities such as Tom Cruise around the race track, organised high voltage car chases and tested hundreds of priceless cars to the brink. Ben holds many credits in his own name: 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, and 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.” It was, however, the moment Ben disguised himself in white suit and helmet, that he became instantly recognisable.
Ben has put every known supercar to the test, racing the world’s greatest cars, 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, managed to catch a parachutist in his moving car and coached a blind man how to take on a chicane. Few others, if any, have taken on a British Army tank division in a Mitsubishi Evo 7.
Ben is most famous for his role as the Stig, but he is respected as a focussed and successful businessman. Collins Autosport has 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. Ben’s company offers 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
As a journalist, Ben writes for Autosport and The Sunday Times and is currently a presenter for Channel Five’s ‘Fifth Gear’ program.
Ben’s bestselling memoir, The Man in the White Suit (The Stig, Le Mans, The Fast Lane and Me) charts a life of passion, commitment and a determination to succeed in the highly competitive adrenalin fuelled world of motor sports. .