The ANYVAN courier services team can breathe a sigh of relief: the secret is out, Courier Clive is not The Stig. For some time we have been answering media enquiries about whether our famous colleague is The Stig. In fact, it’s someone else entirely. Although the BBC won’t deny the fact, or confirm it. So what now?
The Stig, apparently, is Ben Collins and he’s just won a court case over the BBC to allow him to publish a book which reveals his true identity as The Stig on BBC2’s flagship programme Top Gear. The BBC are not amused, but at least for the courier services team at ANYVAN, we can now stop denying the constant rumours about Courier Clive. Why was he always not in the office on Wednesdays (when the programme is filmed) and why did he walk about in a white racing suit (who knows?).
Ben Collins, a former Formula Three driver whose name has been connected with the hugely popular TV show for some years now, has called his book, The Man In The White Suit. Available from all good book shops and of course Amazon, the book makes the claim that Mr Collins is The Stig.
The BBC had taken legal action against the publishers HarperCollins to get the book stopped, claiming that the revealing of The Stig’s identity would not only spoil the central joke of the programme, but was not his secret to reveal. The BBC was in effect saying The Stig was an intellectual property owned by the BBC and not any individual.
As well as Courier Clive, many stars have been linked to The Stig, including racing driving stars Michael Schumacher (who pretended to be ‘unveiled in the studio) and Damon Hill.
The first person to have been The Stig was Perry McCarthy, who got removed in 2003 when his name became known.
All we can say is, thank goodness. Courier Clive can now return to some semblance of normality within the courier services team.
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