The Man in the White Suit

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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By John (Maidstone, Kent, The United Kingdom) · ★☆☆☆☆ · July 03, 2011
I was hoping this book would give a behind-the-scenes look at the Stig and explain Ben Collins reasons for departure. For me it included far too much about his time in the army (which I found so mind-numbing I actually ended up skipping those parts) and a few scattered bits of Top Gear.
Those bits... ...more
By Frank (Los Angeles, CA) · ★★★★☆ · December 18, 2011

Ben Collins’ book about the history of being The Stig, is fascinating, the first half to three fourths of the book are excellent, where the final section of the book drags. The stories become longer but less interesting, and it feels a bit “you’ve done amazing things, we know how this will all tu... ...more
By Ranadok (Agassiz, BC, Canada) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 13, 2011
Not a terribly interesting book, especially considering the topic. The writing kind of jumps all over the place without much flow or direction, and the author comes off as kind of egocentric. The 'behind the scenes' Top Gear chapters are mainly just him describing driving around the track in bori... ...more
By AndrewP (Tustin, CA) · ★★★★☆ · February 15, 2015
This book came to me in a round about way. A colleague at work notice the "I am the Stig" sticker on my car and recognizing another Top Gear fan, tracked me down and lent me the book. I'm glad he did as I had no idea this book actually existed and I was excited to read it.

If your not a fan of the... ...more
By Josh (Aurora, IL) · ★★★☆☆ · April 20, 2011
If you don't like Top Gear, don't read this book. If you do, you'll get bored when he talks about the other parts of his life because he's not a writer, but he tries.

The Top Gear stuff was really interesting, but he came across very arrogant (always having an excuse if something didn't go right).... ...more
By Duncan (Cape Town, 11, South Africa) · ★☆☆☆☆ · September 01, 2013
One book I'm embarrassed to say I've read. Poorly written and often dull, especially when he talks about his military life. ...more
By Ian (Stourbridge, D7, The United Kingdom) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 22, 2013
Mostly boring - An autobiog on a guy who we only knew in a suit.

Clearly cashing in on this little bit of fame. ...more
By Jane (Hull, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · August 21, 2011
Being a Top Gear fan, though not really a 'petrol head', I was a little dubious about reading this, but thought I'd give it a go and I'm so glad that I did! Though there was a lot in early chapters about the practicalities of racing and car handling, it soon became apparent that Ben Collins is a... ...more
By Brian (Jamaica Plain, MA) · ★★★★★ · June 03, 2013
While some people wanted this book to be a straight ahead kiss-and-tell about Ben Collins' time on "Top Gear," he goes right ahead and gives them a full biography instead. And good for him. A tell all would have just validated the incessant whining and indignation that greeted the publication fro... ...more
By Jeanette (El Paso, TX) · ★★★★☆ · September 09, 2012
"...I turned right into the Follow Through and buried the throttle." (70)

"Kojak was a bald regular Army veteran with a mysterious past, who met every challenge by ripping its face off." (96)

"Driven right, it launched like a scalded cat." (110)

"A gold head torch flickered in the distance. Voices .... ...more