Which member of the trio was the Stig closest with? | Ben Collins interview

Ben Collins was the Stig we all remember, setting some unbelievable lap times around the Dunsfold test track and taking part in many of the best challenges that the trio ever undertook. Mike Fernie grabbed him for a chat about his time on Top Gear, his more recent film stunt driving and what his relationship was like with Clarkson, Hammond and May.

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  1. Anonymous


    5 tuntia sitten

    His head kind of looks like the helmet. In the coolest way possible

  2. D Maffo

    D Maffo

    Päivä sitten

    He invented the curtain

  3. PengWin76


    Päivä sitten

    He seems a decent chap.

  4. Raisen-kun


    2 päivää sitten

    Some say, Ben Collins once meet the Stig, and he tells him to drive for him while the Stig was on vacations.

  5. Armesis P

    Armesis P

    2 päivää sitten

    I miss Ben Collins, he need to be a permanent fixture on the Grand Tour.

  6. David Watson

    David Watson

    2 päivää sitten

    They need to get Ben Collins on the Grand Tour, That would be awesome 👌

  7. Replaymyway


    4 päivää sitten

    what made you leave TG - blah blah blah means wanted more money and when he couldn't get it released a tell all book

  8. EyesOfByes


    6 päivää sitten

    How many of you wanted to know about the CCX crash? Or to parsphrase Clarkson: *About THIS many*

  9. Munelitetmrw


    7 päivää sitten

    Some say he wears a face over his helmet...

  10. O.C.L


    8 päivää sitten

    Some say that Ben Collins was the angry american, dressed as an angry american.

  11. Big Cazza

    Big Cazza

    9 päivää sitten

    ben collins couldnt have been in quantum of solace, no way a brera keeps pace with a dbs

  12. Big Cazza

    Big Cazza

    9 päivää sitten


  13. A P

    A P

    9 päivää sitten

    How about Ben Collins as himself as the track driver in the Grand Tour 🤔

  14. Miss Piggy

    Miss Piggy

    9 päivää sitten

    To think the white stig played the black stig first where we were all led to believe Perry McCarthy was the black stig.

  15. Chokyo


    9 päivää sitten

    Stig's talking brother?

  16. JP


    9 päivää sitten

    even his face looks fast

  17. MikeTheMulletMan


    10 päivää sitten

    When he says the Porsche Carrera GT is hard to drive I thought of Paul Walkers death. Not a car to be messed with by the sounds of it.

  18. bytex666


    10 päivää sitten


  19. Gustave le Bon

    Gustave le Bon

    11 päivää sitten

    Do you do all interviews in the Old Oak or Royal Oak pub?

  20. Lord ‘M’ Fitzgerald 3rd

    Lord ‘M’ Fitzgerald 3rd

    11 päivää sitten

    Have you ever wanted a Tesla Model 3? No......🤣

  21. Dromedda


    11 päivää sitten

    what a legend he is

  22. Rick w

    Rick w

    11 päivää sitten


  23. Polish Avgeek

    Polish Avgeek

    11 päivää sitten

    Well Ben Collins does look a lot like Michael Schumacher...

  24. S. Nyiro

    S. Nyiro

    11 päivää sitten

    Mate, are you Kenyan??? 😍

  25. sudd


    11 päivää sitten

    first time i learned who the stig is.

  26. 11C1P


    12 päivää sitten

    Was he the one during the race through London & he used public transportation.

  27. Above So Below

    Above So Below

    13 päivää sitten

    Wish they had him on the grand tour

  28. Lextech Lighting

    Lextech Lighting

    14 päivää sitten

    Ben collins lookin like phil collins

  29. Paul What

    Paul What

    16 päivää sitten

    Wonder why he was chosen? He had very poor results in racing.

  30. Iain *GBMtv* Gibson

    Iain *GBMtv* Gibson

    17 päivää sitten

    Some say he was only ever Stig 2 out of 3 and that the fact he was so fame hungry cost him his job. All I know is, there is no such thing as THE Stig.

  31. Harsharaj Bhattacharya

    Harsharaj Bhattacharya

    17 päivää sitten

    You can't fool us drivetribe, james may was the stig.

  32. Rodrigo Martín Suárez

    Rodrigo Martín Suárez

    22 päivää sitten

    This is the Kaiser's talking cousin

  33. Matt Redman

    Matt Redman

    22 päivää sitten

    The name's Stig, The Stig.

  34. Alessandro Mazzini

    Alessandro Mazzini

    23 päivää sitten

    Nop Tesla are trashly built

  35. R


    25 päivää sitten

    Very cool

  36. Jackson Chapman

    Jackson Chapman

    25 päivää sitten

    The stig is the only known thing that could beat chuck Norris

  37. ELLIS


    28 päivää sitten

    Who else didnt know who the stig was until they clicked on this video?

  38. LaserDisc


    28 päivää sitten

    The Stig we all remember? What are you talking about? The real Stig was Michael Schumacher

  39. LegendaryGodKing


    29 päivää sitten

    The fastest man in the world. A true legend.

  40. Sebastian Forbes

    Sebastian Forbes

    29 päivää sitten

    audition ?.. you never said anything !

  41. Captured By Smartphones

    Captured By Smartphones

    29 päivää sitten

    They should be a bit closer so they can play footsies under the table.

  42. XiliBum


    Uukausi sitten

    no wonder his favorite is Carrera GT. Doug Demuro is obsessed with this car!

  43. Tutfnow


    Uukausi sitten

    Some say that his voice can only be heard by cats, and that he has two sets of knees. All we know is he’s called the Stig.

  44. Andrew Geddes

    Andrew Geddes

    Uukausi sitten

    The Quantum car chase sequence was the best bit of the movie. It was down hill from there

  45. The Dark Knight Racist

    The Dark Knight Racist

    Uukausi sitten

    this is hoax, The Stig is Michael Schumacher.

  46. Car Parking Multiplayer

    Car Parking Multiplayer

    Uukausi sitten

    That Scottish guy ruins Drive Tribe

  47. Joe Crawford

    Joe Crawford

    Uukausi sitten

    I love Ben! Top lad!

  48. Leonard Emini

    Leonard Emini

    Uukausi sitten

    I don't know why i rly expected him to say James May! My second choice would of been Hammond, given his "experience" with fast cars...

  49. nanomage


    Uukausi sitten

    For a synthetically engineered being that doesn't talk he sure talks a lot.

  50. Borislav Sashov

    Borislav Sashov

    Uukausi sitten

    This is not The Stig. This is Sacked Stig.

  51. Johan Kvarfordt

    Johan Kvarfordt

    Uukausi sitten

    Anyone know what jacket that is?

  52. AstonGoesOut


    Uukausi sitten

    Ben should be in the next Avengers movie !! What would his super power be though...?

  53. Lordvader330


    Uukausi sitten

    So cool thanks Ben.

  54. Mr B

    Mr B

    Uukausi sitten

    I always assumed Stig was every car brand’s individual test drivers, in order to avoid any accusations of subjectivity in performance reviews.

  55. Lordnegaduck


    Uukausi sitten

    Grand Tour should have used The Ben Collins for their race track

  56. Josh Cummins

    Josh Cummins

    Uukausi sitten

    The Carrera GT sounds like it'd be an amazing car to drive. Think I'd love it

  57. lunarshteve


    Uukausi sitten

    no car guy would want a tesla, who wants a car you cant hear. Give me the 40k an day

  58. Amit Singh

    Amit Singh

    Uukausi sitten

    I thought it was Schumacher?

  59. Daniel Vargha

    Daniel Vargha

    Uukausi sitten

    He looks like Tom Felton and Jude Law combined into one.



      Uukausi sitten

      Nah he is just old Chandler from friends

  60. spyman3000


    Uukausi sitten

    What is that beeping in the background?

  61. trophywolfe


    Uukausi sitten

    So an old tcr is worse than the reliant Robbin lool.

  62. Casual Focus

    Casual Focus

    Uukausi sitten

    Some say he's a woman

  63. MDC


    Uukausi sitten

    Once the STIG always the STIG

  64. Peter Marshall

    Peter Marshall

    Uukausi sitten

    Surely Ben is Paul Merton’s love-child.

  65. voteDC


    Uukausi sitten

    Abbie Eaton vs The Stig is a sequence they need to get into The Grand Tour or Top Gear.

  66. McLogo76


    Uukausi sitten

    Great driver and personality, he could easily be a host/co-host in a motorshow.

  67. Hookemups


    Uukausi sitten

    is santa not real as well?

  68. Worthington


    Uukausi sitten

    Ben's autobiography tells so much more about him. He was training in the Army to be a Commando (whatever, can't recall which bunch of very hard nuts), rushing back from some godforsaken mountain top to drive 'a car' as The Stig then back to the mountain top. If anyone needed a real hero, Ben should be very near the top. Not some wimpy soccer player or musician.

  69. Kristof Kiraly

    Kristof Kiraly

    Uukausi sitten

    I can never forget Hammond saying "he'd be shot IN THE BACK!" fitop.info/build/videot/laOVh5mym5152ac

  70. John Doh

    John Doh

    Uukausi sitten

    Today they would consider black stig racist since he’s white. Glad he changed to white stig so he don’t get cancelled

  71. Nealson454


    Uukausi sitten

    He comes across as a very humble and likeable guy. He must have had a riot working on Top Gear.

  72. VolCAINO22


    Uukausi sitten

    They forgot Australian stig

  73. Taco Of Love

    Taco Of Love

    Uukausi sitten

    I’d say he’s just staying 6ft apart for legal reasons but guys usually sit this far apart from each other 😂

  74. Leonardo Vergari

    Leonardo Vergari

    Uukausi sitten

    He looks like Matthew Perry's British cousin.

  75. Paulus Augustus

    Paulus Augustus

    Uukausi sitten

    "We're giving away a Tesla Model 3 or £40K CASH!" You're not "Giving it away" you're selling tickets to win it, don't be so disingenuous.

  76. Mazin Alghamdi

    Mazin Alghamdi

    Uukausi sitten

    The answer: 7:00

  77. Liam Kinghorn

    Liam Kinghorn

    Uukausi sitten

    i like how it’s stig, aka ben collins not the other way around 🤣

  78. sabasman


    Uukausi sitten

    Sorry but the audio is unbearable, there is a constant high pitched beep, there is to many noise in the 4-6K area, and the normal mids are to distant.

  79. Brinta


    Uukausi sitten

    7:00 is what you’re looking for.

  80. Sir Richard

    Sir Richard

    Uukausi sitten

    I've do not like him. The stig was better as a mystery.

  81. mrpepps


    Uukausi sitten

    Fab interview - loved hearing about the Quantum of Solice sequence.

  82. Ham05


    Uukausi sitten

    6:50 the simple fact of the matter is, that our young man had to shoot down their young man at a rate of 2 seconds a lap

  83. kimi yee

    kimi yee

    Uukausi sitten

    wait i thought michael schumacher was the stig

  84. RiverMoneyG


    Uukausi sitten

    Can someone timestamp the part which he talks about the trio? Or did he even ask?

  85. aka Mr LLama

    aka Mr LLama

    Uukausi sitten

    Yeah I love the stig but.. That picture is crooked

  86. Toupe


    Uukausi sitten

    John walker but with no beard.

  87. Batman The Spiffing Knight

    Batman The Spiffing Knight

    Uukausi sitten

    Some say he is a living legend and that he will be remembered forever. But all we know is, he's called The Stig!

  88. Nate Mbugua

    Nate Mbugua

    Uukausi sitten

    i feel sorry for the generation that wont experience top gear as it was

  89. Mitchell Boynton

    Mitchell Boynton

    Uukausi sitten

    i just came here to see his face

  90. Koya 7

    Koya 7

    Uukausi sitten

    Nico Rosberg aged well 🤣

  91. Camden


    Uukausi sitten

    Can we get a Stig family reunion starting off with his american and chinese cousins?

  92. Joe Gilius

    Joe Gilius

    Uukausi sitten

    Nice Interview.

  93. Chris


    Uukausi sitten

    Thoroughly interesting man. Didn't expect that. I dont get why he had to leave tho? Also, for the record, Skyfall was absolute trash, while Quantum of Solace may not have made sense but it had the best car chases and cinematography ive seen yet.

  94. NathanAC73


    Uukausi sitten

    Its funny to see the mad crazy Stig who we've all seen thrashing cars around turn out to be such a cool, chilled out guy

  95. Ravenholm


    Uukausi sitten

    Best Ben Collins moment was when he came back to help the Race2Recovery team at Dakar.

  96. Mr. D

    Mr. D

    Uukausi sitten

    he's like a real life ace rimmer. what a guy.

  97. Ricardo Ortega

    Ricardo Ortega

    Uukausi sitten

    I'll be waiting for some more Ben Collins on this channel, i think his coolest stories are yet to be told.

  98. Mental Health & Me

    Mental Health & Me

    Uukausi sitten

    Love to see a Ben Collins FItop channel.

  99. Walter Burton

    Walter Burton

    Uukausi sitten


  100. S.F Productions

    S.F Productions

    Uukausi sitten

    “The Stig”? Suuuuuuuuuuure