How 'The Stig' Hid His Secret Identity & Life On Top Gear | Your Car Stories (feat. Ben Collins)

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This week, we're joined by former Top Gear Stig Ben Collins to discuss his secret identity, working with Clarkson, Hammond and May, and what's coming next!

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  1. j k

    j k

    19 dagen geleden

    "Some say.....he knows two facts about ducks, and they're both wrong."

  2. 64mustangfan


    3 maanden geleden

    Best time I've spent avoiding my workday, you guys and Ben are great!

  3. Steve Hall

    Steve Hall

    3 maanden geleden

    Always good to hear stories from Ben, seems a very genuine and down to earth guy.

  4. tiderfish


    4 maanden geleden

    This was great fun!! Hopefully Ben will work with you in the future!

  5. Imback Inthegame

    Imback Inthegame

    4 maanden geleden

    Everyone knows the true Identity of the Stig is Michael Schumacher

  6. YungBailey


    5 maanden geleden

    Either is MR SNAPSBOLTS ...... JACK IS TBONE ..... ALEX IS MR LAMBOCRY AND garath is zandagate

  7. Mitchell J W

    Mitchell J W

    5 maanden geleden

    Did he drive the merc in top gear where the parachuters landed in the rear seats but he's face wasn't covered

  8. Ellis James

    Ellis James

    5 maanden geleden

    I’ve always thought they definitely break the speed limits when shooting top gear and working with the police too

  9. Anas Nasir

    Anas Nasir

    5 maanden geleden

    I had the theory that, in order to get away with the controversy of using more than one driver for lap times, they just cover up the driver behind helmet and suit.

  10. Harry Lockton

    Harry Lockton

    5 maanden geleden

    It's genuinely depressing how uninterested ethan is when he's talking

  11. 1am570yl3z


    5 maanden geleden

    Never ask a man what hes spent on his mazda.

  12. MIchael Sinclair

    MIchael Sinclair

    6 maanden geleden

    Ben is bloody interesting. Well-spoken and knowledgeable.

  13. Gixermouse


    6 maanden geleden

  14. Lester Shisler

    Lester Shisler

    6 maanden geleden

    Believe it or not, in a different context, "podding" is a thing. In a game called Eve Online, your avatar lives inside a miniature space ship called a "pod". To be shot at and killed by another player while only in your pod is called "podding" someone.

  15. Mihajlo Vucinic

    Mihajlo Vucinic

    6 maanden geleden

    Love the little Seb story about his Suzuki lap. :D

  16. M C

    M C

    6 maanden geleden

    What an awesome guest. So many great anecdotes and told well! Great podcast.

  17. Nathan Marron

    Nathan Marron

    6 maanden geleden

    16:20 Alex: My Mazda is essentially a Porsche Ben: Yeah. Alex: 250hp, weighs a ton, it's great Ben: How much have you spent on that? Alex: ...anyway, so then

  18. Louie Montinola

    Louie Montinola

    6 maanden geleden

    For what it's worth, Phil wins in the looks department over a Z3 in my book😁

  19. Carl


    6 maanden geleden

    Ben and Gordon Ramsay on fast food?

  20. Lucas Delaney

    Lucas Delaney

    6 maanden geleden

    As weird as it sounds, I found out Ben was the Stig about 6-7 months before it all came out, simply because someone made a Reddit post saying his dad ran their own laundromat and Ben had taken the Stig suit in and asked for it to be cleaned etc and told his dad he was the Stig and to keep shush thinking his dad wasn't well informed about the show, so he told the son and he in turned shared the story and the picture of Ben and his dad together holding the Stig suit

  21. seewhathappensRacing UK

    seewhathappensRacing UK

    6 maanden geleden

    That was actually jenson buttons veyron the first time

  22. Wiggysan Wiggysan

    Wiggysan Wiggysan

    6 maanden geleden

    Loving the podcasts lads but can someone on the team make the Playlist play in order please? Episode 1 first with new ones added to it at the end, that way, if you have saved the Playlist, they will play in order. Many thanks. All the best for 2021 ...... kick it.

  23. Kissel


    6 maanden geleden

    You have to be stupid to believe that stig wasn't a different driver all the time, it's literally frank from death race scenario

  24. Thomas Binder

    Thomas Binder

    7 maanden geleden

    So that mx5 is a "jdm" chassis with a porsche-designed jag engine built by Ford? Is that not just the best combination you've ever heard of? Lol I love that id love a good build bio of that car. Where's Larry Chen when you need him

  25. giles217


    7 maanden geleden

    i knew he was the stig when i was a child because my dad was friends with the owner of GPR his old helmets. BUT no one believed me in school when i said "Ben Collins" lmfao

  26. OvAeons


    7 maanden geleden

    Podding Navigating through life without any real purpose To be doing absolutely nothing important. Laying around, not going outside, just doing nothing. Sadfrog...

  27. EMOTT


    7 maanden geleden

    Book ordered 👍🏼

  28. NikonGuy


    7 maanden geleden

    I would have questioned the insurance company if I was Paul. I had an unfortunate car/lamp post interface once and I called my insurer to query my excess. I decided not to make a claim but they registered it as a claim. I told them it wasn't a claim, just an enquiry and they took it off my file.

  29. 14725800369


    7 maanden geleden

    28:47 that's the interview you're looking for

  30. Jay


    7 maanden geleden

    Why swap a fiesta st for a diesel? It's only a 30 minute commute 🤦‍♂️

  31. Brandon Parker

    Brandon Parker

    7 maanden geleden

    If we convert internal combustion engines to run on hydrogen we won’t lose current engine technology, just upgrade it. P.S When you burn hydrogen the exhaust is just oxygen and water. WiN wIn

  32. TheSecretVault


    7 maanden geleden

    Saw 3 apples and thought, 3 muppets and clicked off.

  33. gofres


    7 maanden geleden

    As for insurance... don't get me startedriding

  34. gofres


    7 maanden geleden

    Nathan? You mean Ethan? 1:25:26?

  35. gofres


    7 maanden geleden

    Quick question... why do you all wear headphones?

  36. gofres


    7 maanden geleden

    A mate of mine who is into the world of motorsport had leaked who the Stig was many years before it was general knowledge. Trouble is, this guy was so full of sh*t that none of us believed him... although it turns out he was telling the truth!

  37. GE_22


    7 maanden geleden

    Jack could definitely be the stig after his backward drift in the Vectra estate

  38. Scooter Grant

    Scooter Grant

    7 maanden geleden

    It's kinda sad when you think about how all the people who pushed to uncover the stage helped edge him off his career in Top Gear.

  39. ashystyle


    7 maanden geleden

    Was the diff lock in the center, rear or at the front?!?!

  40. Michael Loach

    Michael Loach

    7 maanden geleden

    It's ok Jack, I had to ask my wife who Ellie watsit was! Thankfully you are ok. All the best............

  41. Bence Gábor Slezák

    Bence Gábor Slezák

    7 maanden geleden

    "Why don't we call him the Ben Collins?" A living legend!

  42. Heikki Remes

    Heikki Remes

    7 maanden geleden

    What a guest!

  43. Rory Robinson

    Rory Robinson

    7 maanden geleden

    Epic interview with Ben Collins!

  44. David Ryde

    David Ryde

    7 maanden geleden

    Would love to see a Ben Collins overland series.

  45. mick muller

    mick muller

    7 maanden geleden

    I leave this under every video I watched, it helps the algorithm

  46. kapten awesome

    kapten awesome

    7 maanden geleden

    Is there any info on who was after Ben as stig on top gear?

  47. Robb


    7 maanden geleden

    I failed my first test for doing a 40mph in a 60mph. Ducks hill

  48. hoops3


    7 maanden geleden

    Getting Ben Collins and Chris Harris on the podcast has been incredible viewing! Great content!!

  49. Joe Thisyeareveryyear

    Joe Thisyeareveryyear

    7 maanden geleden

    Man is a Driver

  50. Cha Leowin

    Cha Leowin

    7 maanden geleden

    44:01 zombie apocalypse starting. Don't ignore those sirens.

  51. Steven Hart

    Steven Hart

    7 maanden geleden

    Did anyone ever find out who took over from him? Or was it right that several Professional drivers just took it in turns?

  52. Car Vs Moto

    Car Vs Moto

    7 maanden geleden

    I am wondering, is the UK only country where insurance grows in an accident where it is not your fault? I Mean, come on, you receive money from the insurance but then you end up paying this money back due to your payment rises. Doesn't it make insurance company useless? Not even mentioning the fact that your vehicle will become cheaper after the accident anyway

  53. Saeglopur89


    7 maanden geleden

    Please edit out sound of chuck/swallowing/clicking with lips etc. :/

  54. rowen


    7 maanden geleden

    Some say that if he produces food via photosynthesis and that he recently bought a punching bag the shape of Rubens Barrichello. All we know is, he's called the Stig

  55. Chris Ward

    Chris Ward

    7 maanden geleden

    With you guys on the Golf GTD choice, I am blessed to drive a 19 plate one with DSG and it is absolutely brilliant and love every aspect of the car because it ticks all the boxes.

  56. ashystyle


    7 maanden geleden

    30:14 who is Ben talking about? Why are't you mentioning that??

  57. Flavio Gaspar

    Flavio Gaspar

    7 maanden geleden

    Best Podecast Ever!

  58. Ryzza5


    7 maanden geleden

    You forgot to ask Ben about his work in video games.

  59. Evan Swaby

    Evan Swaby

    7 maanden geleden

    What happened to the podcast van, why not use thag

  60. Mr.E


    7 maanden geleden

    Some say he has a massive ego........and they’re right.

  61. Richard Gregg

    Richard Gregg

    7 maanden geleden

    I think you need to get Ellie Goulding on for an episode would be a good follow up 😂

  62. Ryzza5


    7 maanden geleden

    No timecodes?

  63. Thomas Dufall

    Thomas Dufall

    7 maanden geleden

    where's the van!!!

  64. Vrs Ben

    Vrs Ben

    7 maanden geleden

    When Ben asked how much has been spent on the mx5 an advert come on and the guy was whistling 😂😂😂 Made me laugh

  65. Chris Jamieson

    Chris Jamieson

    7 maanden geleden

    kinda agree with the merging rant when on a slip road you've gotta give way to the traffic already on highway

  66. T1NY


    7 maanden geleden

    "I take it out on people I get hold of" looks straight at Ethan XD

  67. Luke


    7 maanden geleden

    An elderly couple drove into the back of my Lexus, they accepted fault and were lovely about the whole situation but I now have to disclose it as a 'no fault claim' and my insurance went up £70. Not my fault and I have to fork out extra cash as a result, utter scam.

  68. Greg Wayne

    Greg Wayne

    7 maanden geleden

    8:23 FYI boys the "Reverse "J" turn" you refer to in your videos is NOT actually a "Reverse "J" Turn". I'm sorry but you all MUST learn to call it by it's proper and ONLY greatest name ever. It is known as "The Rockford". The reason for this is that in North America late1970's to the mid 1980's there was a Show in TV called "The Rockford Files" and the main character played by James Garner was a very poor Private Eye. Poor in the money sense not the ability sense. lol. His character "Jim Rockford" drove a 1979 Sierra Gold coupe, Pontiac Firebird Formula 400. It was supposed to be a "Performance" type of car and I guess at that time it was. But everything in that era of cars in the USA especially had been hit with the Smog mandates and other rules that killed all the power in ALL the cars of the day. So this car although having a 400 CI V8 made only about 180 HP. Although torque figures for the V8's helped a lot to give it some Oomph. In almost every episode there of course was a car chase for excitement and the big Firebird cut a nice look but we all knew it was a duck under the hood. SO to make the chases seem much more exciting they would often and frequently have Jim perform a very fast a vigorous "J" turn. They did this so much that people started to refer to the maneuver as "The Rockford". Now it isn't just because people started calling it that due to the show but because the show and James Garner (Rest his soul) has become somewhat of an underground icon. A Cult Classic if you will. As well has the good ol "J" turn..... I mean "The Rockford" maneuver. SO please in the future and as you live your youtube lives entertaining us Deplorable's remember it's not just a "J" Turn. It "A Rockford". LOL. Sorry for the long comment but it was necessary. Thanks guys and love the show! lol.

  69. kingofl337


    7 maanden geleden

    Why not modify the suspension on the RS to make it nicer around town?

  70. poochey1


    7 maanden geleden

    These Ben Collins episodes have been the best! Did you get any footage of him checking out the MX5?

  71. scooter dogg

    scooter dogg

    7 maanden geleden

    so did Schumacher actually take over after Ben or was the reveal a joke

    • Ryzza5


      7 maanden geleden


  72. RR Showtime

    RR Showtime

    7 maanden geleden


  73. Ryan Kingdon

    Ryan Kingdon

    7 maanden geleden

    Is the new Stig Ethan

  74. Poddy Hadden

    Poddy Hadden

    7 maanden geleden

    Only time I've ever not been pissed about an add on NLid is the fact that one plays as soon as Ben asks Alex how much his mx5 build costs

  75. Emerald Saiyan

    Emerald Saiyan

    7 maanden geleden

    The stig was litterally the superhero on top gear

  76. Dominik Wilde

    Dominik Wilde

    7 maanden geleden

    "Bloody 'ell" - take a shot 😂

  77. English Mustard

    English Mustard

    7 maanden geleden

    Amazing interview. Utterly compelling viewing

  78. london man

    london man

    7 maanden geleden

    how do you win the book ?

  79. Michael Lauter

    Michael Lauter

    7 maanden geleden

    These podcast are superb

  80. steven Millar

    steven Millar

    7 maanden geleden

    some say he is copying the grand tours platform but with food and he cant cook

  81. Suchar Sharma

    Suchar Sharma

    7 maanden geleden

    you did chris harris and the stig podcast on the same day didnt you

  82. Thiago Albino Santos

    Thiago Albino Santos

    7 maanden geleden

    Then Barrichelo showed up... cheater...

  83. Iain Macdonald

    Iain Macdonald

    7 maanden geleden

    I really hope you got footage of ben in the mazda! 👀 great podcast. 😀

  84. Joel Brown

    Joel Brown

    7 maanden geleden

    I recently drove a Z4 with a 2.3 litre engine and it was all revs and nothing else, it lacked in power so much! Maybe that would have been different if it was a Z4 M it would have been quicker, but yeah the Z4 was slow!

  85. Sven w

    Sven w

    7 maanden geleden

    Is he that guy that killed the Mazda Furai?

  86. Big Moncrief

    Big Moncrief

    7 maanden geleden

    Being an endurance sports car fan in the late '90s / early '00s (in which Ben was a regular driver), it was fairly common knowledge that he was 'the Stig'. What I think gets forgotten now, is that, even after its relaunch, Top Gear was a fairly low key thing on BBC2 for many years. Not many people knew much about it, yet alone who the real Stig was.

  87. Naz Nomad

    Naz Nomad

    7 maanden geleden

    Perry is the real Stig

  88. N H

    N H

    7 maanden geleden

    The insurance thing is a real scam. I got hit by an uninsured driver (who then drove off) causing £2K damage. As the insurance company couldn’t recoup the costs it’s now on my record as a no fault claim. Currently paying around £100 more per year than I was. I got my excess back luckily but it’s the fact that I’m still paying for an accident that wasn’t my fault. Great podcast 👍

  89. RatRaceProducing


    7 maanden geleden

    Ben Collins is the man. Between this and the Chris Harris podcast the best ones you have done

  90. Malcolm Hardwick

    Malcolm Hardwick

    7 maanden geleden

    Great stuff guys !

  91. Henry John

    Henry John

    7 maanden geleden jack golf accident

  92. LRS


    7 maanden geleden

    If the guy asking for diesel advice is reading comments. Dont go for golf GTD, Audi make an A3 with the same engine as the GTD, quicker to 60 because its four wheel drive, same power, same mpg, sub £13k, debatably looks nicer inside and out.

  93. Arminder Batth

    Arminder Batth

    7 maanden geleden

    The wise tuesday antenatally shiver because enemy peripherally lie besides a defiant red. insidious, fretful cupboard

  94. kevin6666123


    7 maanden geleden

    Always thought Ben was the black stig and then white stig was someone else but just checked the supersport lap and that was white stig so guess ben played both.

  95. Ollie Johnson

    Ollie Johnson

    7 maanden geleden

    12:53 Urban dictionary: "The act of displeasing someone, often while cheating in a video game or being better than the person that is accusing you of poding." Also found it to mean the act of removing peas from their pods... Your welcome 😂

  96. Jaco2k


    7 maanden geleden

    There should be a drinking game for all the plugs on this interview - everytime Ben plugs something, we should have a drink. Surprised he didn't plug his niece's nail salon too... Or something :)

  97. Can Bozkurt

    Can Bozkurt

    7 maanden geleden

    Amazing episode.

  98. Stuart Wells

    Stuart Wells

    7 maanden geleden

    New Co-host??????

  99. Sepehr Mn

    Sepehr Mn

    7 maanden geleden

    I always wondered if he actually could hear the musics playing in the car while doing a lap?

    • Ryzza5


      7 maanden geleden

      Certain TG DVDs had laps without music, so it's safe to say the music was added in the edit.

  100. vrsmartin2981


    7 maanden geleden

    13k would get a nice mk3 octavia vRS wouldn't it? Nice eco car, plenty of go and space for stuff. Map it and they are rapid